Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Moda Blockheads3 - Week 50


Here we are..... a few more weeks to go, but this is MY LAST BLOCK for Moda Blockheads 3.  You can find the instructions HERE.

Because it's my last week there will be a giveaway over on Instagram for a Roselyn Layer Cake™.  

Happy Holidays to all of you here.  If you want to get yourself a little Holiday cheer, remember everything is on sale in the Etsy shop until the end of the year. Yes, it's my annual Inventory sale where I would rather send it to you than count it. 

There are still LOTS of patterns and books but fabric and kits are getting very scarce.  There might be still one of these......
and one of these....

and a few of these....


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Moda Blockheads - Week 46

Today's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find the directions HERE.

 In other news.... this Hartfield quilt pattern will start shipping today. We are in a pre-Thanksgiving pattern packing mood. You can find the pattern HERE. 

Happy Turkey Stuffing everyone!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Blockheads 2 - Week 42


This week's block is courtesy of Joanna from Fig Tree Quilts.  You can find the pattern HERE.

It's a sweet little variation on a bear's paw block.

What else is going on here?  I have a new quilt pattern.......

The new pattern is called STITCHED! and it is available as a download pattern right now.  I'll have the paper patterns in the shop next week when they arrive from the printer.

I am also taking pre-orders on kits which will be available in February when the Roselyn fabric ships.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Moda Blockheads3 - Week 40

This week's block is courtesy of Janet Clare and you can find the directions HERE.

I have to confess that I'm working a bit ahead..... my Moda Blockhead 3 top is already done and is being quilted right now. I can't wait to show it to you.  This is a hint as to what my background is - the black Moda crossweave. 

 I'm also making progress on A Is For Apple. I'll have the center motifs all quilted tonight and tomorrow I'll be starting on quilting the alphabet border. Not sure exactly how, but you'll see soon



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 38


This week's block is courtesy of Stacy Iest Hsu and you can find the directions HERE.   This sweet little block gives a lot of bang for your buck. It's easy-peasy and is quite lovely.

What else has been going on here besides Moda Blockheads and evening hand quilting?  Kits, lots of kits.  Some I have been just ordering fabric, some I've been planning and some I've been fabric cutting.

There are still some openings of these PRE-ORDERS.......

McSherry - you can find them HERE.   

A Is For Apple are HERE

Red and Green quilt kit has been so popular that I've had to re-order fabric several times and there are still some available HERE

Hawthorne was sold out, but I found some more yardage and there are 3 kits left HERE

And finally - there is no more yardage to order for any more of Victorious, but there are 3 of these left and you can find them HERE.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Blockheads 2 - Week 37


This week's block is brought to us by Vanessa Goertzen. You can find the directions HERE.

I'm going to start thinking of how I'm going to set all these blocks this week. Once I get my design wall cleared of a current project - this is next on my list.

Evenings here are getting darker earlier and the weather is crisp at night. Lots of quilts are back on the bed and I refer to this time of year as "good sleeping weather".  Other evening activities are tea drinking and hand quilting the A Is For Apple quilt. I am enjoying both.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 36

 What do you know? It's my turn again. It's seems like it was just a while ago when it was last my turn, but time is relative isn't it? All our perspectives on time will be changed after this year.  Anyway - here is my block.

 Here are the directions......

Fall is starting here in Michigan and my evenings are now spent comfortably with a quilt on my lap as I hand quilt it.  A Is For Apple is moving along at a gentle pace.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 35


This week's block is courtesy of Lissa Alexander and you can find the directions HERE.  It's a nifty little block that works up quite fast.

We are getting seasonal weather here. Quilts (plural) are back on the beds and I'm wearing socks today. It's very September here. Cassie thinks I have plenty of books to cozy up with this fall.

Harbor Springs has landed everywhere and I have some of it on sale in the Etsy shop.  

There are 4 kits of Victorious still in stock........

This is the 2nd quilt kit from Roselyn fabric (that ships in February 2021).  I am taking pre-orders on it HERE.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Blockheads3 - Week 34


This week's block is courtesy of Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings - you can find the directions HERE.

Lisa's block calls for a pieced star in the center. Since my block is 6" - I just kind of fussy cut a star for my center.  

I finished one of the quilt tops with the new/pending fabric collection - Roselyn.

This is A Is For Apple....

The center blocks are appliqued and the border is strip pieced.  I will be hand quilting this as soon as I get it back from being basted. Expect to see lots of pics of the hand quilting in the next few weeks.

This A Is For Apple quilt will be a MODA KIT!!!  That's right, one of those nifty kits in those nifty Moda boxes!  You will be able to purchase these kits from MANY quilt shops - some of them are even taking pre-orders on these kits. The MODA KITS will have LASER CUT ADHESIVE motifs for speedy applique. 

I will be also offering kits too - in those same nifty Moda boxes - but my kits will have yardage for the motifs so you will be able to cut your own for hand applique.  I'm very excited about this - you can have the kit either way you want it.  Most people will prefer the laser cut kit.  That's great - and it will be available in many shops.  Some of us will want to make this with hand applique and I'll offer the kit that way. Win/Win for any applique technique you want to do.  A Is For Apple measures 68" x 80".  I am taking PRE-ORDERS on the hand applique kit and you can reserve a kit HERE.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 33


This week's block is courtesy of Brigitte from Zen Chic.  

This was my very first attempt at curved machine piecing. At first I was going to hand piece it - as that is my comfort zone. Hand piecing, hand applique and hand quilting was all I knew until my first sewing machine about 20 years ago. (There was 28 years of quiltmaking before the machine).  Still, after 20 years, hand piecing is still my comfort zone.  I love to strip piece and make 9 patches and such, but anything more than a 45 degree angle and I'm hyperventilating.  But then I remembered the spirit of this Blockheads 3 thing and embraced the NEW.  Brigitte says I could machine piece this and I did.

Is it perfect? Hell no. Is it better than I expected? Oh yes.  It has straight sides and measures exactly 6 1/2" square.  Victory.  Uh, those tiny little puckers? Never mind. Just look away.

Roselyn is out in the world being shown to shop owners. I hope they like it as much as I do.

I'll be showing the quilts I made with it soon. One is being quilted as I type this and the 2nd top is almost done and I will be hand quilting that - so you should see lots of pictures of that process in the near future.

I also got this picture from Martingale Publishing.  There will be a new book out in November - Red and Green Quilts. This was my contribution.

Once the publishing date gets closer, I will start taking orders on this kit.  


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Blockheads 3 - Week 32


This week's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find the pattern HERE.  Note - take care when trimming down your block :(   I had to improvise.  A little improvisation every now and then is good for the soul.

So much other news........ the fearless, strong, and attractive sales team from Moda is now showing shops  new fabric collections.  Including our newest - Roselyn

 I'm pretty excited about Roselyn.  There will be some fabric give-aways and the new pattern reveals next week.  Make sure to stop back.  

There is another pattern we have been working on - Hartfield.  Hartfield isn't attached to any particular fabric collection. It uses scraps from many.  My favorite kind.  The Hartfield pattern is being written as I type this and it will be available in about a month.  Keep watching. I'll make sure to have lots of posts when it is ready.


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.


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