Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 20

This week's block is courtesy of Lisa Bongean


You might have noticed the unusual fabric pick on my cutting table underneath this week's block.  It's my new long term project and it will have Jen Kingwell's new line - Winkipop, Christopher Wilson Tate's Regency Zarafa, Ruby Star's Warp Weft Wovens, some Jen Kingwell basics, and some shot cottons.  Whew!  I'm emphasizing LONG TERM and it will be hand pieced and English Paper Pieced. Oh, and I'm still waiting on fabrics that I've ordered to fit in.  Why use 100 fabrics when 200 might be better?

When I opened up the Warp Weft Woven bundle with lots of yummy wovens in many different weights - I saved the four heavy linen pieces (with that wonderfully yellow wonky salvage) and hemmed them for new dinner napkins.
Most of the rest of the bundle will be in the fabric pick above... It's good, every once in awhile, to do something a little unexpected.



The exact plans for this quilt..... well, they are still up in the air.


Of course, I do love some RED, WHITE and BLUE and many of those quilts went up on walls this week.

Notice that Gibby has made a pile of his favorite pillows on the end of the sofa. :) This quilt, called Picnic is in the Mix It Up book by the Moda All-Stars.

Laurie

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 19

One thing you can say about the Shelter In Place situation - things have been crossed off the eternal "To-Do" list.  All of my scheduled projects have been done - or are in the correct stages of being done and some even long, long WIP's have been tackled.  I even have an idea germinating for another long term handwork project.

But, you're here for the next installment of Blockheads 3. This week's block is courtesy of Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.  You can find the pattern HERE.


We changed up all the quilts hanging in the house too. I went for light, breezy colors for summer - or until I feel the need to change things up again.  The new ModaVillage quilt is now hanging in our hallway. Cassie approves.


Laurie

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 18

Today's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find it HERE. I changed the block a bit - since I am doing the 6" block - I just eliminated some of the elements.


In other news, I finished hand quilting the Trip Around the World Quilt and I got back the Moda Villages quilt from Maggi Honeyman - who long arm quilted it for me. Everybody, including Gibby and Cassie like them.

Laurie

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 17

This is week 17 of Blockheads 3.  Betsy Chutchian has this little gem for us......
You can find the directions HERE

I hope you are all getting along well and your families are healthy. We are good. 

Like everyone else, I mix in some mask making in between other sewing.  I have made 4 versions of masks. Each one has their assets and debits. I found this tutorial makes masks quite quickly and I like how they fit.   


In other news, I got my Trip Around The World quilt back from being basted and I'm now hand quilting it.


I'm quilting with a big stitch and the thread is Aurifil 12wt. The needle is a John James milliner size 11.  This is going quite fast and I expect to be finished this weekend.

Lastly, the new patterns that feature the Harbor Springs fabric collection are in stock in the Etsy shop. Both downloads and paper patterns.  

When the fabric ships later this summer I will have kits for both of these quilts.

Laurie

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 16

First of all, I want you to know that the winner of the Moda Blockheads E-book is Dix In Canada 
Dix has already gotten her book.  Thank you Martingale!

A few things have happened this week.  I KNOW, can you believe it!  That is with me only leaving the house once and that was to walk the dogs (Bill likes his outdoor time with the dogs and he is the main walker).  

Quiltmania is having a sew-along and I had the 2nd block.... you can find the patterns on the Quiltmania blog

If one sew-along isn't enough.... I did the Moda Village Sew-along with the Village pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  Once I got started, I couldn't stop.
I used Mackinac Island fabric, some Primitive Gatherings, some 3 Sisters, and some other Moda fabrics.  You can get the free download HERE.

Oh, wait.... if 2 sew-alongs aren't enough - there is Blockheads 3 - which is probably why you are here today.  This is my block for week 16.

This week's block is courtesy of Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life and you can find this pattern there.



And.... These 2 new patterns are download patterns in our Etsy shop - Hawthorne and Victorious. Both of these will use the Harbor Springs fabric collection that will ship this summer.  You can find the patterns HERE

Whew!

Laurie

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 15

Good 'Ol Blockheads....... is everyone else looking forward to the new pattern each week?  I find myself trying to think ahead of the eventual setting and what fabrics I will use in the setting.  This week's block is by Corey Yoder and you can find the directions HERE.

Corey's block starts the 2nd stage of Blockheads 3.  In celebration, we are having a giveaway!  Yes, comment on this blog post and I'll pick a random winner of the e-book of Blockheads by Martingale Publishing.

Maybe we ALL can get inspiration for settings for out Blockheads 3 blocks!

Things here are good. The dogs are happy and that makes us happy.  Cassie has grown! she is now 36 lbs.  Puppy kisses seem to be a great pick-me-up around here.
Laurie

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Blockheads - Week 14


This week's block is courtesy of Joanna at Fig Tree Quilts.  You must have a nice tidy pile of blocks by now and are getting excited. Me too!  I also have the privilege of working a bit ahead - and I have made another 14 blocks - and they are pretty grand.  As you know, I am making 6" blocks and that means some of the pieces are quite small.  If you don't already have these..... I'll just point out that the teeny Bloc-Loc rulers will come in handy.  
Yes, that is a finished 3/4" x 1 1/2" flying geese unit.  These will be in your future - if you are also making 6" blocks.

I'm hoping that you and your family members are all well.  Polly and I call each other every day with an update on isolation.  I never had a busy social life before, but now...... well, it's interesting.  Last week I told a friend it's almost like it's 1930 and I'm living in it.  I spend my day in a house dress, woolen leggings, and slippers. I have a bandana tied around my hair to keep it out of my eyes. I look up recipes to use that extra 2 cups of milk before it goes bad - and we spend our time with exciting pastimes like jigsaw puzzles and darning socks.  The only difference is we have streaming entertainment instead of listening to the wireless.



Laurie

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 13


I hope you are all doing well - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

In some ways - things are exactly the same.  I get up and go to the studio and work on quilts, patterns, or shipping out parcels.  I have good company while working.....
Gibby and Cassie like hanging out on the studio ottoman and watch the world go by.  The world is a bit slower right now.

In other ways - things are completely different and everyday poses a new challenge. Today's challenge is making a bandana headband to keep the hair out of my eyes :)

And finally..... what you are here for - this week's Blockhead block - courtesy of Jen Kingwell


I've been having some fun coming up with Quarantine Playlist songs. Today's additions are Alone Again, Naturally by Gilbert O'Sullivan and 30 Days in the Hole by Humble Pie - both favorites of my long ago youth.  What are your Quarantine songs? 

And then there's this........



Laurie

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 12

Try not to look too closely at my block.  At 6" square, there are a whole lot of wonky pieces jammed together.  Do I care? No I do not.  When it's all in the mix........ it will be wonderful.  And perfection is just not high on my list right now.
This week's block is courtesy of Janet Clare and you can find it HERE.http://www.janetclare.co.uk/home.htm


I should take this opportunity to say something inspiring and comforting for all of us in this unprecedented time.  Everything worth saying has been said.  We are all in this together. Health care workers are in my thoughts and prayers hourly. 

I'm looking forward to when we can all get together in person.

There is a much more trivial matter that has been on my mind.  My hair.  

Folks, it's probably just as well you don't see me in person right now.  It's not a good look.  One of the good things is that my hair grows fast. Very fast. It's one of the bad things too. I'm trying to be positive and maybe, just maybe, in a month or so it will be long enough to look chic and sophisticated like this.

Unfortunately, in the meantime - it's going to look a whole lot like this.

Here's hoping all of you and your family are well and that you are quarantined with a hair dresser.

Laurie

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 10

This week's block is courtesy of Stacy Iest-Hsu and it's called Windmills.  You can find it HERE 

Know I am thinking of you all out there in the virtual quilt world.  I hope you are safe and healthy.

There is lots of stuff to keep me busy here. Blockheads 3 of course, and getting new quilts and patterns ready.  There is a stack of books on my nightstand which I may actually get to.  Not to mention, long doggie walks, baking, and even jigsaw puzzles. Although, we have learned to pull up the dining room chairs tight to the dining room table. If we don't, Cassie jumps up on a chair and "helps" with the jigsaw puzzle.  So far we are down 2 puzzle pieces - that we know of.
 This will be a new pattern - Hawthorne.

Hawthorne is 50" x 50"


This is Victorious and it's 75" x 75" and uses the printed bunting yardage for the border.

Harbor Springs Fabric

This is puppy Cassie after one of her long walks. She is just the best cheerer-upper ever. Her favorite spot is in Bill's lap. She's attached to him like velcro.


Laurie

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 9

Today, Vanessa of Lella Boutique has designed our block - and you can find the directions HERE


If that wasn't enough news..... I received new fabric!- so I can start making quilts.  Our next fabric collection is called Harbor Springs.


Harbor Springs is our red, whites, and blues along with a pinch of pink and a dash of charcoal.  I've cut into it and starting sewing.... You will get Harbor Springs in your favorite quilt shop in August.

As you can see - it will mix with Mackinac Island beautifully.  

Gibby and Cassie say Hi!!



Laurie


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 8


Blockheads 3. 

3 is my favorite number. I wore it on all my softball uniforms.  Did it make me play as well as Dick McAuliffe? Or Alan Trammell? No it did not. Ah, but I digress.  It's my week for Blockheads 3 and I'm happy to show you my block

It's an uneven 9-patch. We all love 9 patches!  You can find the directions HERE  http://www.unitednotions.com/BH3_8-Laurie-Simpson-9-Patch.pdffor the 6" and 12" block and HERE http://www.unitednotions.com/BH3_8-Laurie-Simpson-Uneven-9-Patch.pdf.  for the 4" and 8" block - for all you non-conformists.

I'm making all my blocks from my Mackinac Island scraps and they are working together nicely.

Speaking of Mackinac Island, we found another HONOR quilt kit and it's in the Etsy shop


Things here are busy. I'm making quilts with our new fabric collection (I'll give you the name and some sneak peaks next week).  In fact, I'm so busy...... this little knucklehead had about 10 seconds of unsupervised time and this is what she came up with.

This is the reason puppies are so cute. If they weren't - nobody would put up with their nonsense.

Laurie



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 7

Oy!  Things are busy here.....

This is my week 7 block
Thanks to Lissa - here are the directions.......

I did finish my orange and blue quilt top.  Big Stitch hand quilting will start on it - once I have 3 other projects finished.  Yes, I'm just like other quilters........ 



Laurie

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 6

Today is Lisa Bonjean's week - Lisa of Primitive Gatherings.  Her block is called Magic.  You can find the directions HERE.

These blocks are looking fabulous, if I do say so myself.

Hope you are having a good week.

Did you see where I was inspired by another Moda designer this week?  Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts
posted a fabric bundle that she is offering.  It had Fig Tree oranges, and blues and creams from Primitive Gatherings and Minick and Simpson.  I immediately got my hands on some of the oranges and went through my stash for blues and creams (that was the easy part).

I hope to finish this soon.  I better, as NEW fabric is winging its way to me.  Just in time for some top secret projects.  

What else is new? Well, Cassie has doubled her weight in the 2 weeks she has been here. She is thriving. Potty training is going very well, she is a first class snuggler, and she has very, very slowly wormed her way into Gibby's heart. Gibby still has his moments though.  He is happy to play with her in the yard. He tolerates her all day in the house, but he is done with her once it is time to slow down at the end of the day. She is relentless :)

Laters,

Laurie



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