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.



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.



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.



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.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Blocks 19 & 20

These blocks are brought to you by Betsy Chutchian and Stacy Iest Hsu

These are my blocks so far....... a big 'ol pile of red, white, and blue.

In other news..... we have only a very few kits left of Hurrah! and Sweet William in our Etsy shop.

 In between finalizing patterns for our new collection, cutting fabric, and everyday nonsense.... I started my next long term project yesterday by picking out the fabrics.  What prompted this? Well, I had no hand work for the evening (until the next set of patterns and fabrics appears) and needed something to do in between all this.  What else prompted it? An overabundance of red fabric scraps that needed to be taken care of.

This will be my next applique quilt. 29 different Minick and Simpson reds and creams and 1 Bonnie and Camille polka dot.  



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 Blocks 16 & 17 & 18

We are moving right along and we have THREE blocks today. 
This is before they got a haircut. Just trying to keep it real here in TreeTown. The patterns can be found from Carrie - HERE , Vanessa HERE and from Brigitte HERE

Now.... there is just a big pile of blocks so far.  I can't get them all in on design wall. They fit, but I have to stand pretty far away to get them all in.  So - here is a big mess'o blocks......
Have I told you my RULE for this BLOCKHEADS2 quilt? My rule is that I can't cut into yardage.  Everything is made from my scrap bins.  Actually that's a rule for just about every personal quilt I make.  There's 2 reasons for that: 1, it's more fun and 2, it's a daily battle to control the scrap bins. But, as you can see.... the bins are so well stocked that a controlled pallete isn't hard to find.  My quilt - my rules. 

Where are the Bella Solid blocks you ask?? Well, I'm getting a bit crunched for time on some other projects - so I'm just focusing on one for the moment. What was I THINKING, anyway?

What else is going on?? I've gotten emails from UPS that lots of Portsmouth fabric will be landing tomorrow.  I'll spend the rest of the week cutting up fabric. Rotary blades are at the ready!

Some of that cut fabric will make it into a couple of kits - 
Sweet William and Hurrah! are in our Etsy shop.  You can find the kits HERE and HERE.



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 14

We're getting into that prime quilting season here.  Longer and cooler days are starting and once I get all my current projects caught up........ planning NEW ones!  What is better than that?

 This block is courtesy of Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles.  Here is the Bella Solid block

 Here is the Minick and Simpson block - with a Lecien Durhan fabric thrown in for good measure.  Hey, it worked.

Here are the blocks so far.  I have to get busy on the next ones, or I'll be behind.

OY! I should have known I would forget something. I posted this before I had my coffee. This week we have TWO blocks - this one is from Me and My Sister.....

I have heard from someone who knows - that Portsmouth will be shipping very soon.  That means it will be in your favorite shop shortly.  I hope to have a couple kits up in our Etsy shop shortly too.

Sweet William

For all you "local" people.  Just a heads up that I will be at Hearts To Holly in Charlevoix Michigan on September 28th and 29th doing a trunk show and teaching Big Stitch quilting.  Contact Hearts to Holly if you are interested.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Lucky Week 13 of BLOCKHEADS 2

Pictorial piecing is what we have this week - a nifty flower made from squares and rectangles.

Corey Yoder is the designer du jour....... Here is her pattern.

 This is my Bella Solid flower.....

And this is the Minick and Simpson flower.  See how my leaves are pointing in different directions? I TOTALLY meant to do that.  Yep!

Things are looking quite nice...

What else is going on??

The intrepid Moda Salesmen (and women!!) are showing our new fabric group to show owners.  This is Crystal Lake and they will be taking orders in September and October.  It will ship early in 2019.   I'll be showing you our new quilts in the next blog post.



Tuesday, August 21, 2018


This must be the week for overachievers.  This week's block and what I'm going to show at the end of this post will confirm that.  This block is DARLING! It is also a bit fussy.  I loved how it looks, but I may have swore a couple of times making it.  Week 12 is from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and the directions are HERE.

 This is in Minick and Simpson scraps.  Don't look too close. And you know what? Perfection is over-rated.
This is in Bella Solids - I love this one -  It's a keeper

 Here they are all grouped.....

What else is going on this week..... I finished a long term project.  This was my hand work in the evening all this spring and summer.  I found myself sketching one day and the next thing you know I had this to show for it.
I am calling this The Good Boy Quilt.... because of this.....
It's hard to see, but it's Gibby sitting on his ottoman with the words "Good Boy" stitched beside it.  There are all sorts of little critters in this. 

As of right now - there are no plans to make this a pattern.  I have had lots of interest on Instagram for a pattern and I will try to seek out some options, but it's a real long shot.  The amount of time and money going into producing this pattern would make it too expensive for everyone involved, especially you the consumer, but...... you never know.  



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 11

It's the dog days.  Has summer been great? I hope it has.  Being bottled up here in an air conditioned studio is luxury. Believe me, I count my blessings.  I had wanted to make a run to IKEA this week to pick up something - then I remembered BACK TO SCHOOL. IKEA on a quiet day makes my teeth itch - if there are back to school crowds I think I'll consider ordering online.  Wish me luck.

This is Sherri McConnell's block.  It's a keeper.  Here it is in the obligatory Minick and Simpson scraps.  You can get the directions HERE on her blog.

 Here it is in Bella Solids.  You know the rest..... here they all are.........

I've been teasing my instagram followers with updates on this secret project.  This quilt is in the final homestretch.  It will be finished, bound, washed (oy, it needs it) and ready for her debut in about 10 days.  I'm at that stage where I'm getting pretty tired of it.  It is heartening that it is so close to the finish line.

This is where all of this nonsense comes from - my studio. It was once a "mother-in-law" apartment in the lower level of our home. The converted kitchen in this studio apartment is "the office". Where the computer is - the kitchen sink used to be. The sewing machine is in the place of the old stove and where the iron is - is where the refrigerator used to be.  All in all.... a much more fun place to be.  Yesterday I had the carpet steam cleaned and the Dog Days of summer don't smell like a dog anymore. Gibby says he's sorry. He can't help it if he sometimes smells like a dog. 



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Week 10 of BLOCKHEADS 2

How can it be week 10 already? 

This week's block is courtesy of Jo MortonJo will show her block - back and front and you can see how she pressed the seams. They will be immaculate. I would show you how I pressed my seams, but it might demoralize a few of you.  How are they pressed? Whatever way seemed (heh) to be the less violent.  Some seams are pressed to the side, some are pressed open, some defy logic and do both.

You know the drill by now..... this is the block in Minick and Simpson scraps.

This is the block in Bella Solids.

 Here are all the Minick and Simpson blocks so far.

And these are the Bella Solids.  

This happened in the studio this week. I purchased the jumbo scissors and the thimble wall pocket at an antique auction. Why? Because they were fun. The 24" long scissors were once part of a Haberdasher's sign.  I'm picking out just the right wall space for them.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018


It's my turn for my first BLOCKHEADS2 block -
This is the red, white and blue block.  It's fast and easy and YOU'RE WELCOME!

This is the Bella Solid Version .  The directions for this block can be found HERE. 

I've been a fan of this little simple block for awhile. It was used as a filler block on my Portage Lake Block of the Month Sampler.  At that time, I got an nice email from yardgrl60 on instagram.  She said she loved making the block and I should think about making a quilt just out of that block. Great idea I thought!  So I did........

Yardgrl60 was right - it was fun!

Anyway....... here are my Minick and Simpson blocks so far

and here are the Bella Solid blocks so far.  

Make sure to check out all the other versions on this block on the Moda Blockheads2 facebook page.



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