Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Happy Moda BlockHeads Wednesday, Block 20 by Lisa Bongean

Happy Wednesday! Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day, with nice weather. It rained all day here, so no cookout for two as I had planned. While it was rainy and dark, I played with my quilts, moving out the pink and green of Spring in favor or red and blue for a patriotic summer.  Mostly the same quilts, but some in new locations. I've shared a photo at the end of the post.

I kept the patriotic mood going with Lisa's block

I made an 8" block with all fabrics from Nancy's Needle, 
except the indigo which is from Sarah's Story.
Contribution is a fun block to make...took longer to decide which fabrics to use!

for the link to Lisa's blog and the pattern.
You won't want to miss her tips and that tiny 4" version.

When I made the geese units (sew and flip method as in the pattern), I saved the excess trimmed away triangles.  I sewed them together, trimmed them to 1 1/2" and then made 2 - 2" finished half square triangle units to make a 4" version of Sherri's Block 16. Why not?  It's so cute?

Do you save your leftover parts? They come in handy!

I think as the numbers of block grow, I will change my mind a hundred times as to placement...and I will be glad I saved extra parts.  Just sayin'

I think you know Spring Market was cancelled, right? And I think I mentioned a time or two secret sewing?  And a fun surprise?
Here's what's been going on at Betsy's house...

 Elinore's Endeavor 1830-1910

Countryside - Spring

Countryside - Fall

Tall Pines

Make Do

The line spans a long time period....More on that  next time....

and the fun thing...a sew along with my dear, dear friend, Deirdre Bond-Abel of Tasmania, Australia.
We named the sew along Dear Friend and have the shown the first two sets of blocks with instructions on Instagram @betsy_chutchian and @deirdreabel3
I'm making 5" blocks and Deirdre is making 10" blocks.
The quilt we are making tells the story of the time...missing precious time together when Quilt Market was cancelled, the stay at home orders, and the virus.  We each selected blocks that relate now and have meaning.  You know I like my quilts to tell a story!

Oh funny, just noticed my toes! Good grief.
A third set of blocks and instructions will be posted soon.  If you would like to join us, we would love to have you. Friends are connecting and chatting from all over the world.  When we can't gather in person, we gather on Instagram.  This is the wonderful thing about quilting, we like to share and gather together!

and now here is some of my decorating, how I spent Memorial Day 2020

I need some new ivy.  LOL

Everyone stay well , stay safe at home and SEW!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Sherri McConnell -
  Lisa Bongean -
Lissa Alexander -

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Week 19 and 18 Moda BlockHeads

Happy Wednesday!
Between an old out of date computer, blogspot changes, and secret sewing for a virtual Quilt Market, I have fallen behind on my blogging.  I need a new computer.  How does one shop for a computer during a pandemic?? I am not a techy person, so not sure what I will need, or want or what is even available. 

Lets start with Brigitte's Compass Point, block 19

My version is 6"

A mixture of Nancy's Needle, Sarah's Story, Susanna's Scraps and the pink is from Harriet's the pink was at the top of the scrap basket. and the right size. LOL

for the pattern and Brigitte's tips.

Now Jan's beautiful applique which is missing a leaf....Thought it was stitched, but in transit for the photo, it fell and I didn''t notice.  oops

 for Jan's pattern and her awesome applique tips, if you haven't already.

The pile, minus Compass Point.

Here is a first look at Elinore's Endeavor, the subject of my weeks of secret sewing.

Thanks so much for your patience with me and this old computer.

The surprise I have been talking about should post to Instagram sometime today or tomorrow.
So, be watching. :-)

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Sherri McConnell -
  Lisa Bongean -
Lissa Alexander -

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Happy Moda BlockHeads day! It's my day Crossroads by Betsy Chutchian

Crossroads, my block for Week 17 of Moda's Blockheads 3, unintentionally
 seems to fit where we are. So, where are we? Yes, it is Wednesday, but I compose the post on Tuesday. A friendly, innocent question on Monday reminded me that this week was MY week.  I knew that...last week. But, I was busy with some secret sewing and completely lost track of day and time. Do you wake in the morning and struggle to remember what day it is or, is it just me?
Friends will say "have a good weekend", like there really is one, a weekend, I mean. Weekends seemed to end when husband retired, now quarantine confirmed it, ended.
And the country is opening, with all the uncertainty for health and economy.
I pray all will be well wherever you are.  

When you suddenly have to make a block, you start pulling fabrics.  Wow, I had so many combinations I wanted to try. My pattern has all four sizes, so there you have it...I made four blocks.
Below you will see color options for you to make in any size block. Of course, I'm here to inspire. I look forwand to seeing your combinations on Instagram or Facebook.

Let's look at the 4" first

All fabrics from Nancy's Needle

Flying Geese are super tiny. `1/2" x 1" finished

Now the 6"
Mostly Nancy's Needle, light blue is from Sarah's Story

 Flying Geese are 3/4" x 1 1/2" finished.

Now this one is 12".  
It is huge to me. Flying Geese are 1 1/2" x 3" finished. I forgot to take a photo of the flying geese.
 The red print is from Nancy's Needle and the rest from Sarah's Story.

I played for a while with the 8" block.  I love indigo, but was it too much indigo?

Flying Geese are 1" x 2" finished

 and settled on a very slight Crossroads variation with stitch and flip corners.
All fabrics are from Nancy's Needle.

 Will I use all these blocks in the quilt, probably not, but it was certainly fun playing with the possibilities.

Starch your fabrics before cutting parts.
For whichever size you wish to make,  I like to add 1/8" to geese rectangles and to squares for sky 
before cutting.
 Our technique is for stitch and flip corners to make the flying geese units.
Sew as directed in the pattern and press to the corners before trimming away the excess. 
Next, trim to the size indicated for each size block.
I love using Block_Loc Flying Geese rulers but couldn't locate the 1 1/2" x 3" until I was nearly finished so I trimmed with my 4 1/2" square and it worked fine. Adding the extra 1/8" ensures that you will have a 1/4" seam at the top of the goose.  You won't want to cut off his nose when sewing.
I hope you enjoy my block and  making flying geese. I love flying geese.

for the link to download my pattern, Crossroads

Design wall is still full of other projects.  I prefer the blocks up on the wall so I can see where I'm going with the colors. Fingers are crossed in hopes I'm choosing colors wisely.

 Please visit all our designers to see what they have made and check on the 
BlockHeads Facebook group.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Until next time,
Stay safe and well.
~ Betsy

Sherri McConnell -
  Lisa Bongean -
Lissa Alexander -
 Robin Pickens -

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Moda BlockHeads Block 16 by Sherri McConnell, Dream

Happy Moda BlockHeads Wednesday. Yes it is Wednesday, right?? All the days are running together, one is the same as the next. So, hope you have had a good week.  Busy here, secret sewing occupies most of my days. Isn't it a nice diversion to stop and make just ONE block?!?

This week Sherri has designed for us a fun and fast block she calls Dream.  

Isn't it sweet? Dream. I think we are all dreaming of good health for our world, friends, family and community.

This time you will have 4 sizes in the pattern, so decide the size block to make and go with a scrappy palette or or keep it simple and you will have this block done super quick!

I chose a scrappy mix of Susanna's Scraps, Sarah's Story, and Nancy's Needles.
This block is 6"

for the link to Sherri's pattern Dream.
Thank you Sherri, I had fun making your block!

and here is the growing pile.
Blocks had to come off the design wall to make room for secret sewing blocks.

Thank you all for commenting on the BlockHeads book give away!
Congratulations to Janet for having the winning number!

Be sure to visit all our designers, links below.

Sorry this is a short post.  Lots of fun stuff in progress.

Stay well and Stay safe and sew, sew, sew....

Until next time,

Sherri McConnell -
  Lisa Bongean -
Lissa Alexander -
 Robin Pickens -

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Week 15 Moda BlockHeads Starry Eyed by Corey Yoder

Today is Corey's day, and I'm having blog issues. Photos are disappearing and there is a giveaway! Yikes. Let's see if what I post will last...

Starry Eyed
designed by Corey Yoder 

 this week I made a 12" block
Thanks Corey, it was fun to piece!

for the link to Corey's blog and be sure to visit all the designers for your chance to win.

and here is the wall o'blocks

Yes, I moved them around.

and now the giveaway...
the kind folks at Martingale are offering an ebook of our Block Heads book!
If you would like a chance to win, leave me a comment to that effect and your email address so I can notify you if you win .  I'll pick a random comment on Sunday.
It's a great book full of 6" blocks.

Until next time...
stay safe and well


Sherri McConnell -
  Lisa Bongean -
Lissa Alexander -
 Robin Pickens -