Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Another Double the pleasure day with Lisa and Corey for blocks 25 and 26

Happy Moda BlockHeads Wednesday! Today is the day for Lisa Bongean and Corey Yoder to dazzle us with their blocks!  I'm thinking this may be our last doubleheader week.  LOL. I've been a bit frazzled with deadlines and another teaching obligation and Market quilts in the making, but I made the blocks tuesday afternoon, YAY!!! And they are really cute!

First up is Lisa's Oshkosh Star, Block 25


Can you say TINY star???
and I have small hands!
2" finished star
I used a 1/2" x 1" Bloc_Loc ruler to trim.
Itty bitty and oh SO cute!!!

Thanks Lisa!

CLICK HERE for Lisa's blog to download the pattern. 

Next is Corey's block 26, Churndash Surprise.


Easy churn dash construction, with a sweet surprise in the center.

Thanks Corey, it's a cutie!

CLICK HERE for Corey's blog and to download the pattern.


6" finished blocks

Please check on our other designers to see what they made this week.  Links below.

and, be sure to visit the Facebook group...lots to see each week.

That's all I've got for you today.
Have fun selecting your fabrics!

Now back to sewing.

Until next time,
~ Betsy


Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Double Header day with BlockHeads Jo and Sherri for blocks 23 and 24

It's going to be a quick post from me this week.  I'm barely home from a wonderfully long wedding weekend.  Such a beautiful couple and so good to spend time with family near and far. Then Poof! It's over and back to work for only a couple of days before the next booking.

I'm not travelling far, this time it is only to the Quilter's Guild of Dallas, but with it being a night meeting and 2 workshops for Friday and Saturday, the guild has booked a hotel room...Sweet!

So, with so much going on, I made the blocks Tuesday, just in time to write this post. 

Here are my versions...

Thanks Jo and Sherri!


Warning...these are not quick blocks to make, but oh they are cute!

Block 23 from Jo Morton 

Broken Windows 6" block

Fun to make, and made easy with triangle paper, and Bloc Loc geese ruler for the flying geese.
Go to Jo's blog, click here, to get the patterns and her tips for piecing this cutie.



Block 24 from Sherri McConnell 

Kaleidoscope 6" block

Take another deep breath and press on...It is fun to make. I calmed it down with a Bella solid.
Take note, I may never utter those words, calm it down, again, as I typically like a busy look with more fabrics.
Click Here for Sherri's blog, the pattern and her tips.


Happy Sewing!!!

A few wedding pics...our niece, Cara, was stunning!
Cara and Madison. Madison had a ball as flower girl.

 The happy couple, Cara and Jared

Father of the bride, Steve's brother Mark and Cara dancing.

Rachel and Madison being adorable. Rachel was a bridesmaid


And dapper Reed in his suit.

Have a great week. and be sure to visit all the other designers (links below) to see what they have made.

Until next time,
~ Betsy



Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Another Double BlockHeads Day with Jan and Laurie

Another busy week has flown by!  Time...where does it go?
Today's blocks are brought to you by Jan Patek and Laurie Simpson.  I love adding Jan's applique to this project and Laurie's block was just plain fun to make.

Thank you Jan and Laurie for these 6" cuties!!!

By the way, do you have Alphabitties? The cute letters and numbers are from Fat Quarter Shop and are great tools for marking parts or rows of blocks or words for photography!!! 
I have multiple sets, LOL. 

Block 21 Circle and Star

Jan has many videos for her applique techniques.  They are awesome. You won't want to miss her techniques and tips!

Click Here to go to Jan's blog to download the pattern.
And, for her tips on those lovely star points!

Points can make those of us who love applique, crazy. So gather tips and do what works for you.

Applique techniques are also on the Basic Instructions page, that I hope you have printed for your file.

Not knowing the particular tips Jan might give you, here is what I did...
first I traced the circle onto the right sides of the blue square and the cream square. Then traced the star pattern onto the right side of the red fabric, and appliqued it needle turn method, following the orientation in the pattern, to the cream square.
Next, I basted the blue fabric on top of the cream square, both right sides up. Cut your squares the same size. I do several bastings, one on the sewing line, one 1/2" to the inside and, one 1/2" around the outside of the circle. Now I'm ready to reverse applique! Carefully snip an opening in the blue fabric between the stitching line and the inner basting line without clipping your applique or cream background. I cut a narrow seam allowance a small distance as I remove the stitching line of basting thread and turn under the edge.  You will need to occasionally clip the curved seam allowance as you stitch. Remove the remaining basting stitches and trim away the the excess cream fabric from the back of the block.
 You can always turn under the outside of the cream circle and applique on top. Check out Jan's advice first! but, I do love the opportunity to reverse applique!

Note I had cut a larger blue square, but I'm suggesting to you that you cut the same size, 7", if you prefer to trim after.

Now for some piecing fun with Laurie's Block 22, Economy Path.


Yes, this is a 6" finished block. The 4 units are 3" finished, measuring 3 1/2" before sewing them together.
Click Here to go to Laurie's blog to download her pattern and see what tips she may have.
I had fun picking the fabrics and only changed my mind twice!

Have you found as you make your blocks, that you don't like your original choices?  I have.  There are some I'd like to change, but I'll wait until I have made all the blocks first.  Colors and fabrics that you think don't work may in fact be just fine when we set the blocks together.

Please visit all our designers to see what they have made. Links below.



Thanks again Jan and Laurie!!!

Happy applique stitching and Happy sewing!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Double the Fun day with BlockHeads Stacy and Me!

Happy Wednesday! 
 It's another double block day with today's duo, Stacy and Betsy.
I pieced our blocks while away on a teaching trip.
For a variety of reasons we drove, spending one night on the road each way to and from Nebraska. Since a friend drove I could work in the car. We made stops at Oklahoma Quiltworks on the way up, then the Quilted Moose where I gave 2 trunk shows, and taught 2 workshops at their lodge, Minglewood. If you ever get a chance to retreat at Minglewood, grab it! It was great.
On the way home we stopped at Bedre' for fabulous chocolate, that I cannot stop eating while typing. OH MY!
Once back home, I jumped right back into work, like I hadn't even left. Hmm there are always major deadlines before Market and this time I'm a little behind schedule. 
So, I'm happy to have the blocks ready for today.



My block is number 19, Rocky Road to California and, Stacy's cute block is number 20, Go Fish. When making Stacy's, I kept thinking about Dr Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, so cute!
My fish kind of looks like Nemo.
Both of our blocks are 6" finished  and measure 6 1/2"
I used all Evelyn's Homestead fabrics for my block, and added the gold from Hope's Journey to Stacy's.



To download the pattern for Block 19, Rocky Road to California, click here.
Follow the pattern instruction, no special tips needed unless you would like to upsize the squares need to cut diagonally for the HSTs. If so, increase those to 3", sew into HSTs, and trim to 2 1/2".

For Stacy's cute Go Fish block, click here  but be sure to visit Stacy's blog to see how she made my block and hers!

Be sure to visit our other designers to see what they have made.  Links below.

While I was away, an advanced copy of my newest book arrived.
Hope's Journey
This book will be available November 1, I believe.
Gather a palette. Save your bits and pieces and stitch your journey into a wonderful sampler quilt.


I'll host a giveaway at some point and 
I'll be offering some autographed copies later in November, if you would like to purchase.

Happy sewing!

Until next time,
~ Betsy



Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Moda BlockHeads Month 14 and 15, from Kansas Troubles and Me and My Sister

Surprise!! 
Today we have 2 blocks to make.  For several weeks, the original BlockHead and her invitee will be posting each other's blocks.  Double the fun with 6" blocks!

First up, Lynne Hagmeier has created a really cool block.  I suggest you block out a good bit of time to get your prints and colors coordinated. LOL.
Placement is important to create the interesting design.


Notice the pile of fabrics ate the bottom of the photo?
Lots of  "this fabric is perfect" changed to ,"oh, no it is not."
No problem with my color scheme, but getting the right parts in the right spot was challenging.


Once I arranged the parts, I thought this would be a fun time to use my friend Doug Leko's Mini Simple Folded Corners ruler.  As long as you are sure about which corners are folded, follow his instructions and cut the corners off , sew 1/4" seam, and press and ta da. You made a folded corner.
Now, let's consider operator error...nothing wrong with the ruler. Say you sewed the wrong fabric, or the wrong corner and all is cut away.  OUCH.  It happened, yes, it did. If you use Doug's ruler, just double check before cutting. Just Saying.
I love his ruler and can see lots of times when it is perfect to use.
Our pattern instructions say to use the Flip and Sew instructions in the Basic Instructions sheet. With that option, you draw a line diagonally and stitch on that line., then fold the corner back.  This method gives you the opportunity to correct if wrong or to change your fabric by simply removing the stitching.


My rectangular units have both corner methods, cut away with the ruler and stitch and flip. 


Sew units in pairs, then into a 4 patch block.

 Lighting! what a difference it makes!

Click here to go to Lynne's blog for her pattern and tips.

Thanks Lynne for such a great design!!!


Now, we have Barb and Mary's block. An easy one, called Corner Pocket.

Any of you play Billiards? I'm calling "2 in the corner pocket". My family loves to shoot pool, even me, though I don't get the opportunity very much. By the way, the number 2 ball is blue. :-)
Sweet, fun block...thanks Barb and Mary!


again, lighting!

indigo blue, not black.

Click Here for the link to Me and My Sister's blog to download the pattern.


Here's the group so far and will be out growing the design wall very soon.


An finally for this week, I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment you wrote last week about the special gifts you have received. Cherished memories. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm very thankful for the random number generator, or I'd never be able to make a choice! 
Thank you all!

The winner of Merry Makers ebook,
as chosen by the random number selector.... 

16
Kristy

Congratulations! I will need to contact Martingale so they can send you the book.
Please contact me, email address is in my profile.

Happy Sewing!!!

Until next time,
~ Betsy


Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Week 13 Patchwork Flower by Corey Yoder for Moda BlockHeads

Happy Wednesday!  This week we have a very sweet block by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. Before we look at Corey's block, I want to share a new book by Moda All Stars, Merry Makers.
Just as summer is ending, this holiday book will hit the shops in a couple of weeks.  Whoa! I need a little Fall and Halloween time, thank you very much, but I'm not like the rest of you who probably shop in the summer and can enjoy the Fall and be totally ready for Christmas and the holiday season. I'm never ready. 
Pick a project, or three, to make to give, or as a treat for yourself!
This is a great book full of projects of all shapes and sizes.  I hope you will pick up one. And, so just for fun, we (Martingale) are offering an e-book to one of my followers, but you must leave me a comment about the book or favorite handmade gift you have received. If your comment is chosen by the random number generator, I hope you have provided an email address. Just saying. This contest closes midnight central daylight time, Labor Day, September 3. Winner will be announced next Wednesday, here, on my blog.


This is my project, Winterlude.  Not the typical red and green, but it could be.  I love decorating with blues, especially indigo, during the winter. The beautiful indigo floral is from Rachel Remembered and the stars and sawtooth border are a combination of indigo prints throughout my lines.


I hope you leave me a comment for a chance to win.
Back to BlockHeads....

My version of Corey's Patchwork Flower, Block 13
Moda BlockHeads2 
This block is 6" x 12" finished


Isn't this a sweet set shot? LOL I love getting things out to create a photo.  This block begged for a special photo on the little green bench.

Thanks Corey, for such a sweet block!

To download Corey's pattern, please CLICK HERE and you will go to her blog and her tips for putting the block together.  My suggestion is to label your color choices on the pattern, or better yet, download Corey's line drawing for coloring before you cut. Did you know she offers a line drawing with each block? Pretty cool, I think! I cut too many background squares for the flip and sew corners. LOL. They will be welcome in another block I'm sure.

Be sure to visit all the other BlockHeads to see what they have made.
Links below.

The blocks are growing, and I planned a shot but someone distracted me....


adorable Miss Molly


Closing out this week with 2 other cool cats, my grandkids, Reed and Madison.



Happy Sewing.  Happy first days of School. 
Happy end of Summer ( we still have a hot September ahead)

Until next time ~
Betsy

Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
                                                          http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

BlockHeads week 12 Jace's Star by Lisa Bongean and more

Hello and Happy Wednesday...another week has raced by and here we are in Week 12 with Lisa Bongean and her block called Jace's Star, a 6" block that is as cute as can be.  Get your 'I'm ready for tiny piecing' mojo in gear. Starch your fabric before cutting and you'll be ready to cut and sew.

Here is my version of Lisa's block. Thanks Lisa, I love it.
My fabrics combine Evelyn's Homestead and Hope's Journey.


Click Here for Lisa's blog and her pattern.

Happy Sewing!!

Be sure to visit all our BlockHeads designers to see what they have made.
Links below.

This week, I was away at a terrific retreat. 
My fellow retreaters got much more accomplished than I did, and their work is SO inspiring.
Many of us were doing some secret sewing, so I didn't take many photos, except of my own work, which I can't show yet.

However, you  can see this....

I gave a class on making needle cases using my 1" Betsy's Thimbles templates...
These are made from 1 pack of Moda Candy, aka Mini Charms.
Some sewed their thimbles by hand, or with EPP method, and some rotary cut thimbles to machine piece quickly.  Aren't they sweet?


and the inside, most with pockets and, a piece of wool for the needles.


and a closeup


SEW sweet!

Want to see more? Visit the blog post Sherri made for August 21. Details about Betsy's Thimbles EPP papers and Acrylic Templates  with www.paperpieces.com and, more photos are on the post.
Click here for Sherri's post.
Thanks Sherri!!!

After having such a good time sewing with friends, it was quite a downer to come home to a downed tree.  A big storm with high winds went through my neighborhood Saturday night and the big nice shade tree in the front yard was no match.  We are really going to miss the shade it gave the house.





Damage is minimal, we think.  Could have been much worse if it had gone through the living room window.  Now we wait for a roofer to come by and check it out.

Blue skies now. And that a really good thing.

Everyone take care.

Until next time,

~ Betsy


Betsy Chutchian
http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/
https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/
http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/
http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
www.lisabongean.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson
http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
http://www.aquiltinglife.com
https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu
https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com/