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........ 


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 :)



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 5

And with perfect timing this week - this is the block from Brigitte.  You can find the directions on her blog HERE 

I hope you will have a nice Valentine's day with family and friends.  What will we do here in casa Simpson?  We are not going out. One reason is we didn't make reservations anywhere and you just can't pop into restaurants on Valentine's day without one. Second, Cassie the puppy hasn't been left alone yet. She has had either both of us - or one of us with her.  So far, our only challenge hasn't been potty training, or sleeping at night - but being alone.  If one of us isn't in the room with her - she cries most piteously.  We are pushovers for crying puppies.  Correcting this will be on the top of our list when we go to puppy classes.
 These happened this week! The much anticipated notepads from the Blue and White Book are HERE.
The sets of 4 are going very fast. I will probably run out of stock today, but I'm sure you can find some more at anywhere fine quilting supplies are sold :)

I still have a few of the single note pads in our Etsy shop HERE



Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Handwork is my preferred way to make quilts. I can strip piece with the best of 'em, but handwork is my thing.  I am so happy to make this week's block - by Jan Patek

You can find this week's pattern HERE  on Jan's blog post.

I'm a few weeks ahead of you all and I'm happy to tell you that you will love all of these blocks together. It's going to be a fun Blockheads 3 year.

It's especially good that I'm a few weeks ahead as it's a bit crazy here - and about to get crazier. A new line of fabric is being readied to be made into quilts and if that wasn't enough...... this happened ....

This is Bill with the newest addition to the Simpson family - Cassie.  She was a bit of a surprise. Bill called me last week saying he was at the Humane Society?!?!?!  Uh, I knew he couldn't go there and come home empty handed. He didn't.

Cassie is a bit of a mystery. Little is known of her heritage. Best guesstimate is there is some bull dog in there. Her front legs bow out kind of like this......... a trip to the vet today.... and the vet believes she is mostly American Bulldog and Boxer. 
Whatever else is in there is all adorable. Bill was smitten immediately and I didn't take much longer to fall.  Gibby has been a little hesitant to love her, but everyday he is more tolerant of the puppy shenanigans.  This morning there was even a play and chase in the backyard.
We're anxious to hear about how big she might get.  She loves to rest in our laps.  I hope she won't get so big where that isn't feasible.  

Oh, and just one more thing.... we adopted her from the Huron Valley Humane Society here in Ann Arbor. They have a first class operation and it was so heartening to see that have so much success in placing animals. This picture was taken last week and so far they had placed 339 pets in happy homes in 2020.

Cassie sends puppy kisses



Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Are you having fun making these blocks? Watching everyone else make their blocks? I know I am

This is Betsy Chutchian's Crown and Star block - you can find the directions HERE

So far I'm keeping up and still loving the 6" blocks.

We have been keeping busy here. I'm cutting Derby House Block of the Month kits

and I had this delivered ........ my 27 year old Joy of Cooking was in pieces.
I would promise to take very good care of it - but things happen in a kitchen.  Things spill, and things fall off counters. I'll be happy if it last 27 years.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 2

Oh, I think we'll be seeing lots of interesting variations of this charming block.  The Sunshine Star block by Sherri McConnell at A Quilting Life Blog.

This is mine.  It's still using mostly Mackinac Island fabrics along with a bit of stash.....

Make sure to check out everyone's else block too! - Sherry McConnell - Primitive Gatherings - Lissa Alexander



Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Yes, today is the day when we start Blockheads 3!  Quite a few of us have been working in the background to get this baby up and ready. Shout outs to Lissa, Carrie, and Natalie for the REAL work behind the scenes.

If you are new...... Blockheads 3 will give you a new block pattern every Wednesday for the next year.  There are 56 blocks heading your way (some weeks will have 2 blocks)  We'll be making blocks and sewing them into quilt tops.  There is a Blockheads 3 Facebook page where everyone can see each other's progress, answer questions, and cheer each other on. 

Today is getting off to a grand start with with Corey Yoder  Go there for the pdf of the directions.

This is Corey's block....... I'm making my blocks with the brand new Mackinac Island fabric collection that starts shipping to quilt shops this week! Great timing, eh?

I'm making 6" blocks.  You have the option of several sizes - 4", 6" 8", and 12".  My plan is to use all the 56 blocks in my quilt - so a 6" is my best option.  Things can change of course, but my plan so far is for all 6" blocks on point with alternate blocks.  Borders to be decided much later on.

Blockheads is a great use for your favorite new fabric group  - or it can be a great scrap eater. A combination of the 2 is always good too. If you want some new Mackinac Island fabrics to work with your red, white and blue scraps - I have a limited supply of Mackinac Island starter packs.  This starter pack is 12 Fat Quarters.

Other Moda designers will offer some fabrics packs too. 

Here are my colleagues who will show you blocks every week: - Sherry McConnell - Primitive Gatherings - Lissa Alexander

Designers will take turns each week with a new block pattern. You can find this pattern on their blogs, or there will be links in the Facebook Blockheads 3 page, and on the Moda Cutting Table Blog page.  Once we get started, it will all go smoothly :)

Get your fabrics chosen, pressed, cut and start sewing!  I've been working hard here and I have a few weeks of blocks in the bank (one of the many perks of being a Moda designer - we have had these patterns for a week or so).  Once this blog post is written and posted.... I have some quilty reading and stitching to catch up on.

My evening is sorted.  Happy Blockheads day everyone!!



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