Tuesday, November 6, 2018

BLOCKHEADS2 - Block #30

Week 30 is brought to you by Brigitte Heitland from Zen Chic. You can find the directions HERE.  If you look close, you might see a difference in my block.  Yep.  I screwed it up.  I made a cutting mistake and made my block too small.  It was still pretty good, but too small. I added a 1/2" border all the way around.  Lemons into lemonade, people.

I just got back from another fun filled, inspiring International Quilt Market in Houston.  We showcased our new collection Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake will be in shops in February. 


If you go to my Instagram and post a comment before midnight November 7th - you could win these fabric sets - along with a gift from Moda Fabrics.

For all of you hand piecing people - I found these new patterns from Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork - The Honeycomb Quilt.  You can find them HERE in our Etsy shop.


Laters, 

Laurie


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Block 29

No, this isn't block 29.  This is my in progress quilt.  I am working on the borders right now and by the time Thanksgiving has rolled around, I plan to have this in my lap every evening - hand quilting it.  The pattern is called Indigo Revival (the first one I made was in blue and cream). You can find the pattern HERE.  I always liked this quilt, but wished it was bigger.  I just enlarged the block size and the templates 150% and now it will be queen size. There was also the issue of overflowing red scrap bins.  This made a small dent in them.



This is block 29, brought to you by Carrie Nelson. You can find the instructions HERE.

Today I pack for Houston and we head to the airport at O dark thirty tomorrow morning.  Hope to see some of you there.

Laters,

Laurie

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Block #28




This week's block is brought to you by Me and My Sister - the directions are HERE.

There are scraps from Prairie Paisley, Bar Harbor, and even some Bonnie and Camille polka dots!  


I found this treasure this past week. It isn't as old as the sand pails Polly collects, but this pristine one from the 40's/50's is a keeper. Those white Mary Jane shoes with the striped socks are calling out to me.  Do you think Nordstroms has something like this in my size?

There are 2 quilts in progress here at Casa Simpson....... the first one is a remake of our Indigo Revival pattern, but in red and a bit larger. You can find the Indigo Revival pattern HERE.



The second quilt in progress is one of those Top Secret quilts that get made here quite often.  I can't share much more than this right now.  More to be revealed at a later date.
Can't wait to see how all of you make your Blockheads 2 block.

Laters,

Laurie

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 Block #27

 You may have remembered this pull of fabric from my stash last month.  It's been going well and now I have some blocks....

The pattern is Indigo Revival and you can find it HERE in our Etsy shop.  The original quilt (which has always been a favorite) was in blue and cream and wall size.  I enlarged the pattern 150% to make it bed size.  The blocks now finish at 15" square and the original was 10" square.  It was easy to do, I cut my background blocks the new size and enlarged the 3 applique templates 150% on the copier.  (the other applique figures will be in the border). I loved the original in blues, but I like red too and the overflowing bins of red scraps helped me make up my mind.

I also have kept up on BLOCKHEADS 2 and this week's block is #27 by Lynne Hagmeier

The instructions are HERE 

Hope you are enjoying the fall weather (or spring for those of you in the southern hemisphere). I am sipping hot drinks and wearing sweaters. It's glorious. Bill and I are having our annual battle (eh, ......discussion) about temperature in the house. He's walking around with ALL of his clothes on and grumbling. He would like the furnace turned on. I am happy with the cool temps and all I have to decide is on what sweater I will wear today.   And there are always quilts to layer with. Lots of quilts. Layering is much more fun than central heating.

Laters,

Laurie




Monday, October 8, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Blocks 25 & 26

We're halfway through with the Blockheads 2 blocks with 25 & 26 - brought to you by Lisa Bonjean and Corey Yoder - instructions are HERE and HERE.  With half the blocks done, it's all downhill from here.  

Fall has been playing hide and seek here in Michigan. We had some lovely crisp, cool, windy days last week, but today we are back to a humid 80 degrees.  It looks like after a few days of storms, sweater weather really will be here.

I pulled out this sweet quilt a few days ago. It's called Summer Roses and was in this book - American Summer.

I have a sale on American Summer books in our Etsy store. You can find it HERE. The book has patterns for 2 quilts, 1 beach bag cooler, and many hooked rugs.

Laters,

Laurie

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Blocks 23 & 24

Oh, they may not be perfect, but good enough for me. There is a whole lot of pieces in these 6" blocks. I would recommend 1" finished HST papers for these guys.  I like to use Spinning Star Design papers, but there are lots of others out there.

These blocks are brought to you by Jo Morton and Sherri McConnell. You can find the directions HERE and HERE 

I just got back from Hearts to Holly in beautiful Charlevoix Michigan. I'm unpacked and ready to get back to work.  Fall has landed here and the t-shirts, the linen slacks, and the desktop fans have been put away for a few months.

I hope to have more for you next week.

Laters,

Laurie




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Blocks 21 & 22

The calendar has rolled around again to highlight one of my blocks - and one of Jan Patek's blocks.  I have called Jan the queen of applique. I will do so again.

Here is her majesty's star block (we both have a thing for stars inside circles - as you will see.)

Once I find a motif I like - I stay with it. So this is the same plus block we did a few weeks ago   - but in miniature.

Both of these are 6" blocks, and Jan's instructions are HERE and mine are HERE.

I would post a picture of all the blocks, like I usually do, but my design wall is being taken over at the moment.  Also, it just looks a bit like the last few pics I have taken - a big 'ol mess of red, white and blue. 

What else is going on?

Well, I have 3 new patterns up in our Etsy shop that feature our next fabric collection (being shown to shops right now) called Crystal Lake.



 This is Cobblestones and is both pieced and appliqued. You can find the pattern HERE

 Rolling Stars (Stars in Circles!!) is all pieced - for you non applique people. You can find the pattern HERE.
Our Best Friends is a pattern for 2 mini quilts.  You can find the pattern HERE.

Laters,

Laurie

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