Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BlockHeads block #3

Welcome to Moda BlockHeads BOW Week 3!

I think we are all having a great time making and posting our BlockHeads blocks of the week.  If you haven't joined the Facebook group, Moda Blockheads, you are missing the photos from the group members. In the short time it has been up, over 700 photos have been posted!!! I'm trying to 'like' them all and of course I do like them, but with as many as there are, I'm sure I'm missing many.  The group numbers are approaching 3000 members, 2946 to be exact, at this writing (Tuesday). WOW!

I've been away for several days teaching at Greenbriar Retreat center in East Texas....great place, great food, great students!!!  And forgetful teacher!  Yes, that would be me, who forgot to take a single photo of the blocks made this weekend.  UGH! My apologies for talking about a great retreat with NO photos!  Workshop was Mary Ann's Baskets from Classic and Heirloom book.

Monday, I made this lovely block designed by Jo Morton.  
You will need to go to Jo's blog for the pattern.

Jo calls this block Four X. It is 6" finished.  I decided to keep this block simple and let the fabric do the talking. Fabric this week is from the soon to arrive, Rachel Remembered.


I'm having fun with 3" blocks!  And evidently so are you!  I'm so happy to inspire this little unplanned extra! This week's Mini Penny is a 3" version of Jo's block.  The red and background prints were used in Week 1.



Enjoy making Four X! and be sure to see Lynne's, Jan's, Lisa's, and Carrie's blogs, to see the fabrics they used for their blocks. (click on their name, or see below for all social media links)


Happy Sewing!
Until next time ~
Betsy

Lynne - 
Blog - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/ 

Betsy - 
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/ 

Lisa B - 
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/ 

Jan - 
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/ 

Jo - 
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/ 

Moda - 
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/ 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Moda Block Heads Block 2 Aunt Dinah


Our Moda Block Heads Block of the Week has gotten off to a fantastic start!  
Lynne, Jo, Jan, Lisa, Carrie and I, ALL thank you!!!

It is my pleasure to bring you Block 2 Aunt Dinah.  

For this block, I chose 5 prints for a scrappy look from Hope's Journey and the upcoming Rachel Remembered lines.  Right below this photo is the link to print your pattern and some piecing tips.


Click HERE for Aunt Dinah pattern by Betsy Chutchian

After selecting my prints, I spray starched and ironed each piece.  Starching helps so much when cutting out the small pieces in these blocks. After cutting all the parts, position them for sewing, checking to see you like your choices.

Sew small cream triangles to two sides of red squares. Press to triangles. Pair this unit with each chocolate brown triangles, matching edges and points. Pin in place before stitching. Stitch with the pieced unit facing you.
  Press to the dark triangle as shown below in the 4 corners.
The unit should measure 2 1/2"

In Step 2, stitch remaining small triangles to blue triangles, pressing to the blue triangle.

Pin units to larger cream triangles, matching edges and points. Stitch with pieced unit facing you. Press to large cream triangle.

This unit should measure 2 1/2"


Sew units together in rows.
Press top and bottom rows out to corners. For center row, press to center square.

Here is the back of the block. Note I flipped the intersections in the center, to stagger the seams, then pressed well. Block should measure 6 1/2" for a 6" finished block.




There were not any true leftovers from this block, but I made a little mini anyway.  3/4" finished squares.  3 1/2" finished block.


These little mini blocks may become pincushions or a little quilt at the project's end.  Who knows!
 I don't have a plan.  This is sew me.  I love to play with tiny leftover bits.  
Did you miss my mini from last week?  Maybe I have a thing for pennies????


Have fun with Aunt Dinah. She's a sweet block!  If you have a question, let me know!

Next Wednesday, go to Jo's blog for Block 3.

Details for all blogs and other social media for each designer are below.  If you want to be assured of receiving the block each week, sign up on EACH designer's blog to receive their blog posts by email. Don't forget to sign up to receive my blog posts in your inbox! 
Or, just visit us all often!  We love to hear from YOU!

Thanks for joining us on this 48 week journey.
My pattern numbers are 2, 8, 14, 20, 26, 32, 38 and 44. 
Remember, each one of us posts block patterns 8 times during the series, in a 6 week rotation. 
I look forward to seeing YOUR blocks.

For those of you on Facebook, have you joined the group Moda Blockheads?  Members are posting their blocks, asking questions and having fun chatting with one another.

Until next week~
Betsy


Lynne - 
Blog - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/ 

Betsy - 
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/ 

Lisa B - 
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/ 

Jan - 
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/ 

Jo - 
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/ 

Moda - 
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/ 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Week 1 Moda Block Heads Block of the Week

Here we go...Block 1 Whirlygig
 Go to Lynne Hagmeier's blog for the free pattern http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 

No need to sign up!
Just visit us each week for the next pattern. Jo, Lynne, Jan, Lisa and Carrie. All of our links are below so visit all our social media listings.  A new Facebook group has just been created Moda Blockheads and you might like to join!

All blocks in our Block of the Week are 6" finished blocks.

Share photos of your blocks and tag me! Be sure to use the #modablockheads so others can easily see your blocks.  Isn't social media amazing?

This 48 week journey will be exciting and sew fun!

Are you joining me on this journey?

My first week is next week.




My fabrics are a combination of Hope's Journey which is in shops now and Rachel Remembered which will be in shops in April.


Lynne - 
Blog - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/ 

Betsy - 
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/ 

Lisa B - 
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/ 

Jan - 
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/ 

Jo - 
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/ 

Moda - 
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/ 

Until next week~
Betsy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One Week from Today UPDATE and MORE


And sew it will begin! one week from today, March 8.

Each Wednesday, one of us, Lynne, Betsy, Jan, Jo, Lisa, and Carrie, will post a block on our blogs.  Print the pattern and get to sewing! Each of us will be making the blocks, sewing right along with you....until some of us, LOL, fall behind!  Not to worry.  You will be able to find the patterns on each of our blogs. they won't go away.  If you follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook, you will see a posting there too, to go to the blogs.  It's ALL good!

Each block finishes at 6".  Very doable. ARE YOU JOINING US?  No sign ups required, just visit each of our blogs. No fabric purchase required, though we all (except Carrie) offered starter bundles.

Speaking of the starter bundles...

I gave an update on February 18 that I had to pause cutting, packing and shipping to travel and probably couldn't fill all the orders I had received.  Well I'm back and am still trying to fill only the orders that I received, on or before February 18. Some of you, I've never been able to reach.  Others I'm waiting for you to return email confirmations. I'm going to finish kitting what I fabric I have with substitutions to fill as many as I can by the end of the week, so you will have them by March 8.

PLEASE respond to me quickly, if I let you know by email or an email from PayPal that I have a bundle for you. If I don't hear back, I'll need to move on to the next person on my list, the VERY long list, as you all have continued to order after the 18th.  I still don't know how short I'll be.  It fill every order in the order it was received.

I am so flattered and do so appreciate your orders!!!! 
 I wish I could fill them all. But It just isn't possible.

About the traveling I did...flew to Atlanta to give  programs and workshops for the Silver Comet Quilt Guild and the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild.  BOTH ARE FABULOUS GUILDS! The morning after arriving I awakened to a red hot extremely painful right arm (the lymphedema arm that swells anyway) One look from my gracious and attentive hostess Sandy, and we quickly opened the classroom for the workshop, then rushed to a wonderful Urgent Care facility nearby.  Diagnosis, Cellulitis.  A shot, antibiotics and pain pills and then back to the workshop.  Thankfully my friend Renita was with me to handle me, lol and sales,  Then gave program that evening. What a day!  The next day back to Urgent Care for 2 more shots before going to Etowah Valley, for a program that evening and workshop the next day.  I have to say, even with the Urgent Care, this trip was one of the very best I have ever had.  I was in the right place at the right time to have an emergency and my hostesses could not have been better. And at the program, the audience cried with me as I told Lizzie's story! Two nights in a row!  Who does that, cry in public, in front of a captive audience????  ME!
 The girls in the Pyramid Workshop at Silver Comet
 Susie and her gorgeous quilt from  Eliza's Indigo
 Kay and her beautiful feathered star made in Eliza's Indigo
The girls in Mary Ann's Baskets at Etowah Valley

Lovely, lovely ladies in both guilds. Thank you all for a wonderful trip and for taking such good care of me.  Thank you Renita for being my right arm this trip, LITERALLY!

Don't forget #modablockheads to follow every post relating to our Block of the Week on social media.

My best to you all!

Until next time ~
Betsy


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Moda Block Heads Bow Update

Hi everyone!

I've been cutting and packing bundles for Block Heads BOW as fast as I can.  I have a very long waiting list and am cautiously keeping my fingers crossed that most on the list will receive a bundle. 
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and patience. 

The response to our Block of the Week has been tremendous 
and we haven't even posted patterns of blocks!

THANK YOU! 

Remember these are STARTER bundles and to make all the blocks, you will need, and want, to add fabrics as the weeks go by.  All of us appreciate your support and love of 
traditional and reproduction fabrics.

As a former quilt shop employee for more than 20 years and a former quilt shop owner, I want to please ALL of my customers.  I'm finding it very hard so say I'm out of fabric. Rachel Remembered will be in shops in April. I combined that line with some pieces of Hope's Journey, that were still in stock, but now they are dwindling. There is talk of some shops kitting our starter bundles, but that will depend on availability and waiting until April for Rachel. So....


This bag full went to the post office this morning.  It will be the last for now, as I'm going to be gone for a while, speaking and teaching near Atlanta next week.  Fabric is cut and folded, but I've got to PAUSE and do laundry, pack clothes and pack quilts! 
PayPal invoices and shipping will resume when I return. 

Please note the following:

1. I have replied in one way or another to all who have contacted me, to the best of my knowledge. A few fell through the cracks in junk email, others in blogger spam and I'm sure some are in never never land. My sincere apologies if you were overlooked.

2. I won't send a request for payment unless I have a bundle for you. I'm getting to the point where I can make a few substitutions to stretch a little farther, but am pretty much at the limit of what I can bundle.  Stay tuned. Watch email, blog, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

3. If you no longer want a bundle, please let me know. The rest of you, keep your fingers crossed!

4. Remember patterns and blocks will be posted on the blog, Wednesdays, starting March 8.  
They are free. I'll post my patterns/my weeks and give a link, and the other designers will as well, Lisa, Jo, Jan, Lynne and Carrie. Print the pattern in which ever way works best for you.. Don't worry if you miss. After each Wednesday's posting, patterns will be available on the designer's blog and Moda's. Follow us all on Facebook and Instagram.

5. Have fun making blocks and share a photo if you like.

6.  Setting options will be available near the end of the series.

What am I forgetting??? Oh yes, Atlanta!!!

Until next time ~
Betsy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book signing

Book signing today  February 11, at Sew Fabricated in Arlington, Texas. 2:00-4:00. Carol and I will have a little talk and show quilts from the book.  Hope you can join us! 

 

On another note, if you requested a bundle thru the comments and you have NOT heard from me, there is not an email contact for you.  Many requests, when I try to reply say "no reply" and my reply has gone into the great beyond of blogger land.
SO please email me. My address in my Blogger profile under contact me.  Thank you!

~Until next time, Betsy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Oh to be a Moda Block Head....

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday season!  Wasn't Christmas just yesterday???
I've been busy sewing and writing patterns and January absolutely flew by faster than any month I can remember.

A while back, I hinted to be watching for new things happening in my crazy busy world. First, if you haven't already heard, Madison is going to have a baby brother in the spring.  We are all excited beyond words.  So while I'm involved in secret sewing, market sewing, Moda projects, soccer games, etc, I've got baby boy quilts to make! 

Today, however, it's all about a very fun and exciting project involving 5 fabulous Moda designers and myself...a Block of the Week featuring:
Lynne Hagmeier  
http://www.kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 
Jo Morton
http://www.jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal.com/
Jan Patek
http://www.janpatekquilts.com/
Lisa Bongean
http://lisabongean.com/
Carrie Nelson
http://blog.modafabrics.com

and ME!


Patterns are designed and fabrics are chosen.  All we need is you to join in the fun as each of us present our 6" block and pattern every Wednesday, beginning March 8, for 48 weeks.
 It will be sew much fun!

Each of us will post our pattern and our block in a rotation every 6 weeks.  I'm second in rotation and my first post will be March 15.  Lynne will get us started, March 8.  Posts will go to our blogs,  Facebook and Instagram.  With patterns available on the blogs. More details will be available as we get closer to the start date, and as we go along.


Yesterday, I cut these cute starter bundles of 24 - fat 1/16s. 
At the top of the photo are my selection of backgrounds from Rachel Remembered, which will ship to shops in April.  You may like only one background. Can I NOT make up my mind???  I do love scrappy backgrounds and blocks!  The other 24 prints shown are selected primarily from Rachel Remembered, and supplemented with Hope's Journey.  Print selection may vary, based on availability. The bundle of 24 prints are available now for $18.00 plus postage, if desired. (and sales tax, if a Texas resident) 
Just let me know if you would like one.

NOTE: if you reply to me without a valid email address, I cannot reach you to send the package.
my email is in my profile.



Each designer will be offering a starter bundle. You might want to collect one from each designer for a really scrappy quilt!

Too much information for today?  
All you need to know is keep an eye on blog posts, Facebook and Instagram and let's have some fun sewing!
Lynne - 
Blog - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/ 


Betsy - 
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/ 


Lisa B - 
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/ 


Jan - 
Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/ 


Jo - 
Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/ 


Moda - 
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/ 
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/ 

#modablockheads

New Year resolutions??? Not from me this year, but I love Madison's!


Happy Wednesday!

Until next time ~
Betsy