Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 31


This week's block is courtesy of Betsy Chutchian and you can find the instructions HERE.

My block was made with some Mackinac Island and Harbor Springs fabrics. I wish I were at either one of these places right now.  We are having our usual hot, humid August weather right now and some lake breezes would be appreciated. Only in my imagination right now, I'm afraid.  A little birdie at Moda Fabric tells me that Harbor Springs will be getting ready to ship soon.  I can't wait.  Lots of you are awaiting kits and I'm eager to start cutting fabric.

This was a gift to myself this week - a new t-shirt. 

 I purchased it from Hustle and Thrive. It pretty much sums of all of our feelings about 2020, doesn't it?


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 30

This week's Blockheads 3 block is courtesy of Sherri McConnell.  You can find the directions HERE.

Things here in Casa Simpson are good. I'm busy and healthy and I know how lucky I am to say that.  Thinking of you all - every day - that you are too.

What else is new?  There will be some new fabrics and photos to show you in the upcoming week, but nothing yet.   Oh, I know what else is new..... I'm wearing real clothes today. Not a house dress. Not a t-shirt and sweat pants - but real clothes.  Why? Because I felt sorry for the clothes in my closet that weren't getting any action at all. The t-shirts and sweatpants are getting a bit threadbare.  

My first CSA produce box will be picked up from the farm stand tomorrow.  I got an email today that I can expect basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, summer squash, green beans, blueberries, kale, and kohlrabi.  Kohlrabi.  Unless I can find some miraculous recipe that transform kohlrabi into something edible - someone close by might be gifted with it. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 29

This week's block is courtesy of Corey Yoder. You can find the directions HERE.
This is what my pile of blocks is looking like so far.  It's hard to get them all in 1 photo, but you get a rough idea.

Remember all of you..... wear a mask, practice social distancing, or better yet - just stay home and make quilts.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 28

This week's block is courtesy of Joanna of Fig Tree & Company. You can find the directions HEREI used Mackinac Island and Harbor Springs fabrics for this block - which mix together perfectly. Harbor Springs is making its way to quilt shops all over the world in a few short weeks. 

This is Hawthorne and....

this is Victorious. These kits are now available for pre-order.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 27

This week's block - The Proposal - is courtesy of Jen Kingwell.  When we design these blocks way ahead of time, we don't know exactly when they will debut.  In a bit of serendipity - The Proposal will post on Jen and Richard's wedding anniversary.  Happy anniversary you two!

Weddings are lovely.  I bet we haven't been to too many lately.  In honor of The Proposal block - here is a little time warp back to Polly's wedding many moons ago. I'm on the right. Flower girl extraordinaire. 

I believe the less razzle-dazzle girls are second cousins, or cousins once removed..... well, I think they are related. That's pretty much my memory of the day. This might be my favorite picture of myself - as it is the last one taken of me that is somewhat flattering. There has been a long drought of unphotogenic-ness since.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 26

This week's block is brought to you by Janet Clare and you can find the directions HERE.

What else is new?  Not much to show for it. I'm still self-isolating and keeping busy in the studio.  I think there will be lots of new things to show soon. 

The peaches from The Peach Truck were superb and we had a weekend of grilled chicken and peaches and the peach cobbler from Ina Garten's Cooking For Jeffrey.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 25

This week's blockhead block is brought to you by Robin Pickens.

Again, because I'm doing small blocks, I edited it just a bit.  Robin's look still comes through!

I hope your holiday plans keep you isolated. We are not out of the woods yet here in Michigan, but our status has improved.  All because of great sacrifices.  We need to keep our focus and hopefully, we will all be together again soon.  Bill and I, and the dogs will be barbecuing and enjoying a shipment of peaches from Georgia. Peach BBQ chicken is on the menu!

If you want to do some holiday decorating........ I have just the thing!  An Independence Day Table Runner

You can find the pattern HERE. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

BLOCKHEADS 3 - Week 24

This week's block by Stacy Iest Hsu can be found HERE.  The houses are particularly sweet in teeny sizes.

The block is 6" and my new bag is much bigger! Yes, I made a bag!  I don't do that kind of sewing - so I'm quite proud of myself. The kit came from the Cutting Cloth Quilt Shop in Australia.  Yep, I'm the kind of person who sees something I love and orders it from halfway around the world.  Because of the state of international shipping right now it took forever to get here. (no fault of Cutting Cloth).  It only took me 3 hours to make.  You can get the pattern right now at Sotak Co. on Etsy. This is the Juniper bag.  My bag making confidence is so high right now, I know I will be making more from this pattern maker.

I organized my fabric stash room this weekend.  In the process of that, some more canvas/bag weight fabrics were found.  Did you know I keep all my pre-cuts in a vintage refrigerator? This was before the cleaning/purge.

This was after. There are still lots of pre-cuts to feed my fabric addiction.

The Charm packs™ and the Candies™ live in the freezer compartment.

In our Etsy shop news..... we have some limited amounts of Mackinac Island yardage available.  It's going fast. 


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.

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.


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........


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.

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.


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