Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Splendid winner.....

Hello everyone! It's another Splendid Sampler 2 Thursday!
While I'm still trying to catch up, this has been a very busy week (as most weeks are before Christmas) and, I finished  only 2 blocks from last week. Jane's First Aid and Pat's Antique Memories. You will note in the photo, a few favorite tools: Aurifil thread, Kai double bent scissors and Olfa's Frosted 1" x 12" ruler that is really 1 1/4" x 12 1/2". the ruler was perfect for cutting strips for Pat's Antique Memories.


Last week I told you if you left me a comment there would be a chance at winning a grab bag of assorted fabrics, from my lines with Moda that I'm using in my sampler.
There were 103 comments as of 10:00 pm eastern standard time, Wednesday.
 I loved reading every comment!
A random generator picked number 69 PAT IN TEXAS
Hope I counted correctly!
  Please email me, link in my profile, your info and I'll get the goods to YOU!
If Pat doesn't respond, I'll pick another name.

Fabrics used in Jane's block are from Hope's Journey, Evelyn's Homestead, and Harriet's Handwork.

Fabrics used in Pat's block, are from Hope's Journey, Lizzie's Legacy, Rachel Remembered, and Harriet's Handwork.

Today, there are 4 new blocks to sew, more catching up for me, LOL.
For links to the Designers on this week's tour, go to www.thesplendidsampler.com

Have a great day stitching the blocks.
I'm going to finish decorating for Christmas.

Until next time.
~ Betsy

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2 It's My Day!

Hello everyone, I'm so happy to share with you my block for the Splendid Sampler 2. Today we are showing 4 blocks by 4 designers. 
I have lots to tell you and lots to show you and finally an opportunity to win a grab bag of some of the fabrics I'm using to make my blocks.

My block, Piece in Chaos pretty much exemplifies my quilting life, at it's best.  Like many of you, my love of quilting centers around my love of fabric. I'm constantly busy, working on deadlines  and then life interrupts, with a new idea, a new project and yes, new fabric and chaos ensues. 
I love the excitement of starting a new project, the variety of tasks and fabrics, but  then when things are due at the same time, it is just crazy. 
I've often times found my best ideas come when the clock is ticking.

Here is my block, Piece in Chaos on Page 49.

Imagine the beginning of a project as the center pinwheel, all the parts assembled, then framing it, and calm surrounds. Then, out of the blue, the 4 corner triangles represent 4 new ideas or deadlines.  LOL.  Are you a finisher, or would you run to start the new project.?
  Welcome to my world as an author and fabric designer. Add juggler and pattern designer. 
And I love it ALL!


All kidding aside, this block was super fun to make. So I made a few more...


and sewed them together.  I love the secondary design that is created!  Four blocks with different fabrics and you have a cute little 12" x 12" table topper.

For all the blocks I've made, I have selected a warm palette of rich reds, creams, tans, browns and dark blues from my different lines with Moda Fabrics.
Many of the fabrics are from my newest line with Moda, Harriet's Handwork.
For each line I design for Moda, I select a woman's name and give a little of her story to add to the fun. I select prints from my antique quilt collection to go along with the time period. Here is a little bit of Harriet's story....

Harriet Hanson, at age 10, began working in Boott Cotton Mills in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1835. To help her widowed mother and family, she took a position as a "doffer". As a "doffer", Harriet replaced full bobbins with empty ones. For 15 minutes each hour, Harriet raced back and forth along the loom alley carrying a bobbin box almost as big as she.  In her free time, she could read or play, passing time until needed.  She held this position, working 14 hour days at $2.00 a week for a number of years until she was promoted to "drawing - in" girl. This position was a desirable one which required steady hands and nimble fingers to draw-in the warp threads to prepare the beam for the loom.  With this position, Harriet worked at her own pace and was paid by the piece.  Harriet continued to work in the mill until she married at age 23. 

Below are a few photos of the blocks made so far.  I LOVE this palette.




I'm still trying to catch up and get the blocks done in a timely fashion.
I did not get to make the other 3 designer's blocks for to day, unfortunately.
Please go to their blogs or websites to see what they have made. Links below.

As a thank you for being with me today, I'd like to host a little giveaway.
If you will, please leave me a comment and using a random number generator, I'll select a winner for a grab bag of Betsy fabric and send to you.

Please click on the name to visit Jane Davidson, Patrina Jahnke, and Pat Sloan to see their blocks.


 In stores now, if you don't have a copy.


I'm so happy to be a part of The Splendid Sampler 2  design team!

Thank you Pat, Jane and Martingale!

Don't forget to leave me a comment before you go.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It's my Week for Moda BlockHeads, Block 32 X Quartet

Hello everyone...Happy day before Thanksgiving!
Happy Moda BlockHeads Wednesday!


I'm so happy to finally sit down at the computer and write a nice long post!  It's been way too long and I'm thankful for your patience.

I saw on Lisa Bongean's post yesterday, she's been trying to catch up and said how we have no idea how crazy her life has been.  Believe me Lisa, I totally understand and I'm with you all the way.
My favorite thing right now is how I plan the day and then there are emails to do this, phone calls to do that, husband - enough said lol, cat throws up, plumbing issues....just stuff everyday! No emergency, just stuff that has to be done 'NOW'.  CRAZY.  

And, I just want to sew!  

Finally, a chance to sew Block 32, X Quartet 



Now that you have seen this weeks block, I'd like to do a little catch up...Market...Susanna's Scraps and Hope's Journey, some other stuff, then give you details on the block and the link for the pattern.

Market booth, quilts for Susanna's Scraps
Fabric and patterns showing now to shops, delivery in March.




My newest book, with Martingale Hope's Journey is available now.


Lovely afternoon with my dear friend Deirdre on the way home from Market.  I gave a talk to the lovely ladies she brought from Australia on the Happy Trails Tour.  They visited friends, shops and museums in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
What a trip they had! 
Our husbands finally met, sorry we only had one day together. Oceans may separate us, but my dear friend is always close in my heart...and emails! xxx



Home in time for Halloween for the first time in several years.  Raining and cold, but my little Frozen family trick or treated with delight.


So happy to Trick or Treat with them!

 As soon as festival ended, my stitch group hosted Karen Styles, another Aussie friend , for 2 days of a wonderful hand piecing class making her Circle of Sister's quilt.  I had little time to plan a palette, so I grabbed bits of Susanna's Scraps leftover from market quilts and the plan came together.  I hadn't hand pieced in years, and it was fantastic to sit, chat and stitch slowly, no buzzing of the machine. Karen is a really good teacher with great tips. I'd say I'm smitten with the pace, just as I am with hand applique and EPP.
Not to worry though, I still love my Pfaff and sewing at break neck speed, LOL.


Lots of choices left to make as this block isn't finished yet.  There are nine blocks in the pattern.  I might make 4, or just the one for a medallion...stay tuned. You can see my progress on Instagram, and Facebook when I remember to link it.


Madison turned 5 on Monday.  Party was Sunday...pizza, bowling, and a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and as requested, sprinkles. yes, I made the cake. Can you see that cute red kitchen in the background?  I'm hoping Maddie gets the cooking gene. LOL

Monday I made our block. I had a hard time deciding the colors and settled on pink and green.  Where I have the different pink print in the corners, you can easily put a third color print.


I tried reversing the color placement, but went back to my original plan. So, play a bit with placement before stitching.
For the HSTs, I cut 2 1/2" squares, sewed, cut apart and trimmed to 2".  Pattern says 2 3/8" but I like room to trim with a Bloc_Loc HST ruler.  It makes me happy.
Sew in rows, alternating the the direction for pressing by rows.


To download the pattern for the  6" block, X Quartet,


Enjoy!  This little cutie goes together quickly.

Here are all my blocks together, except today's.  They haven't been up on the design wall for weeks. Market quilts took over the space. I need a bigger board.


Every time I put them up on the board, the blocks are in a different arrangement..Who knows what the final placement will be! 

Hope you are enjoying BlockHeads2.

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

If you need me, I'll be cooking....and sewing.

Take time to be thankful. Enjoy time with family.  Enjoy time with dear friends.
Treasure the moments.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Molly just wants a nap.

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 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/