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.



Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Are you all keeping up? The last couple of weeks have been easier.  This week is applique (don't fret - applique is awesome)  This applique block is courtesy of the expert appliquer - Jan Patek.  You can find the directions HERE.

This is my pineapple block using Minick and Simpson fabrics.

Here it is using Bella Solids.  Notice the different number of pineapple markings on it.  Applique is custom-made that way.  Also notice that one pineapple body is upside-down. Uh, whooops. Embrace the individuality!

 Here are all the Bella Solid blocks together - so far - it's getting interesting, isn't it.

These are the Minick and Simpson blocks.

What else is going on?  Well, we had our annual traffic disrupter here in Ann Arbor - the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Weather cooperated this year. That's unusual.  I took this picture 1 hour before it all started last Thursday.  I like to go to the Art Fair on the morning of the first day - before the real congestion starts.  We were back home that afternoon all refreshed and inspired by the amazing artists.  This picture is kind of a joke - it looks like the Art Fair is cozy and small - it is not.  Hundreds and hundreds of booths, miles and miles to walk, and hundreds of thousands cars trying to find their way there.  
 In more personal news - we have 99's back in stock.  If you are not familiar (and why would you be - since I made up this pre-cut myself....) it's 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics - each 9" x 9". They are perfect for scrap quilts - EPP quilts, applique, hand piecing, you name it.

These are all the fabrics in this 99... You can find them HERE.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Week 7 is here - It's Spin Cycle by Stacy lest Hsu - here are the directions
Here it is with Minick and Simpson fabrics....

Here it is with Bella Solids.

The Bella solids - so far.......

and the red, white, and blue Minick and Simpson scrappy quilt - so far.....

What else is going on? I'm still working on a long term project in the evening.

.....and there is secret sewing going on too.  More on that later.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


How is the summer treating you so far? Roadtrips? Are you keeping cool?  Since we put in Casablanca fans in most of the big rooms of the house - we have used our air conditioning sparingly. I am not a shill for Casablanca - just a very satisfied customer.  They replaced other, less efficient fans and we are FANS!  Even on the warmest evenings, the windows are open in the bedroom and the fan is working away.  

Now - onto the news.....

This is week 6 - by Betsy - and her blog post and directions are HERE 
 This is my block using Bella Solids.

 Here it is in Minick and Simpson scraps. Are my blocks perfect? Uhm, no.  Will I remake them? Uhm, no.

Here are the first 6 weeks grouped.

Stay cool, my friends


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy July 4th and BLOCKHEADS2 - week 5

My problem today is to decide which set of pictures to show you first?  How about some red, white and blue quilts for the 4th of July!

I asked for help from Bill to get out the red, white, and blue quilts I had on hand.   It also doesn't include blue and white quilts or red and white quilts.   It is my favorite color palette. 

It's also hand quilting Wednesday around here and quite a few of these quilts are hand quilted. Most are the smaller traditional stitch and some are big stitch.  I prefer these type of "fireworks" as opposed to the booming kind.  Gibby agrees. He really hates when the neighborhood erupts in fireworks in the evening. Enjoy the municipal displays everyone, but your dogs and kitties - and your neighbor's dogs and kitties will appreciate it if you don't set them off in your yard. //steps off my soapbox//

AND...... It's week 5 of BLOCKHEADS2!

This week was a delight.  Nice big pieces in a very, very pleasing block.
This is week 5 with my Bella Solids

This is week 5 with Minick and Simpson scraps.

 And here they are all together - so far :)
This week's block is brought to you by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.  The link to her blog and this week's pattern is HERE

Have a great holiday!



Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Are you still caught up? I am.  I wonder how long I can keep saying that. 

This is block 4 with the Bella Solids.
This is block 4 with Minick and Simpson scraps. 

This is how they are looking - all grouped together.

It's starting to look really interesting, isn't it?

This week's block is by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.  Here is here post and the link to the pattern.  

In other news this week, I took a very short trip to Chicago for some retail therapy.  It was great, but would have been a little more fun if it wasn't raining sideways when I was there.

This is currently in my hoop and I put in stitches every evening.  

Gibby seemed to weather my trip away quite well.  He still got in his 4 naps every day.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Week 3 is going to take it a bit easy on you folks.  The Blockheads 2 quilt needs all kinds of blocks - large, ambitious blocks and ones like this - quiet, easy blocks.  Meet Pennsylvania....

I liked it so much, I made it twice!  Above is in Minick and Simpson red, white and blue scraps - and here is my Bella Solid version...

whoops - looks like it needs a bit more pressing. 

The instructions for this block can be found HERE. 

These blocks go together so quickly you should have time to tackle other things this week - like gardening, laundry, (uh oh, don't listen to me)  

I had some time to work on some secret sewing.  I can't tell you what it is, but I can show you some of the parts - made with vintage fabric.  This was from our first group with Moda Fabrics - Nantucket.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Have you pulled all your fabrics and scraps to start Blockheads 2?  Have you seen all the amazing week 1  blocks on Instagram and Facebook?  Wow!

As usual, I couldn't do it the easy way - I had to make 2 versions.  So far, I've kept up.  Hah.  (It's only week 2 people.)

This is my Bella Solid version.......

This is my Minick and Simpson scrap version.   This little baby goes together easy and fast - just like I like'em. 

What else is new?  I just got back from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market with the most beautiful strawberries ever.  I think they will become this ....
The strawberry pavlova recipe is HERE. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/9641-strawberry-pavlova

Basic Instructions - 




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I'm A Blockhead!

No, you're a blockhead!!!......   Am I giving you the classic Charlie Brown put down? Or am I flashing back to a 40 year old Saturday morning tv commerical? 
Maybe, but it's really something much more enjoyable.  It's THIS Blockheads....

Yes, the folks from Moda Fabrics are doing it again and this time they've lowered their standards and they let me play along :)

Today is the start of a weekly, year-long adventure in quilt making.  The blocks have all been designed and there is a variety in sizes.  Week 52 will have us piecing them altogether (Yes! a plan!) with no sashing and quick seams.  p.s. I've seen the final rendering and you will be THRILLED.

So, run to your stash and start picking fabrics.  I've had several baskets, bins, (boxes, trunks, moving containers) out because I have several long term projects going.  Here are a few sneak peaks of those other quilts.....

So, it was just a reshuffling of fabric and I have Block 1 - designed by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles - and I came up with this....

But having 3 quilts in progress - all using the same scrap bin (a great scrap bin, but a bit redundant none the less) made we want to venture in a new direction.  My friend Carrie at Moda - The Cutting Table Blog posted a lovely bundle recently.  I swooned.
Of course, I had to dive in.  This is BLOCK 1 in this lovely Bella Solid palette.  
All the other lovely colors will show up eventually.  Just keep watching!

Follow all the designers on Instagram and the Facebook page dedicated to Block Heads - 2

and one last quilty thing....... look at what THE Anna Wintour wore yesterday to a gala...

Yes! a couture dress made like an antique crazy quilt.  
Quilts - they are a hot topic right now!



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