Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spin Cycle Block 7 Moda BlockHeads 2 by Stacy Iest Hsu and more

Hello Wednesday! Hello Moda BlockHeads and friends! 
Today is Stacy's first block, Spin Cycle.  A cute 6" block that is fast and easy.  LOL after last week, we all needed an easy block!
I hope you all found my tips and photos helpful.

For Stacy's pattern for Spin Cycle, CLICK HERE and it will take you to her website.

Thanks Stacy, this was fast and fun!

My fabrics for this week: indigo is from Evelyn's Homestead and pink and red are from the future Harriet's Handwork, that will be in shops in October.

Here is a hint of what goes on when you aren't looking....
I attended a 19th Century Patchwork Diva and friends retreat. So much fun by the way, to get away and have some quality sewing time with friends.
This photo reminded me that I had not shown you my latest venture...Thimbles
This is my friend Julia.  She is super fast and precut her 3" Thimbles from my acrylic template with Paper Pieces before leaving for retreat. I think she calculated she needed 400 something at least to make a nice size throw.  I'd show you the 3" template, but I sold out at retreat.  She made more rows after I took the photo and will rearrange the rows at home.  I can't wait to see her entire quilt!!!

Here is the 3" sample and packet of papers

Yes, I have a complete series of Betsy's Thimbles.
1", 1 1/2", 2", 3", and 4"

The entire venture started with an antique doll quilt I own.
To teach it in a class, I wanted to sew thimbles (tumblers) that were already on the market...couldn't! Not the same shape at all.
So I drew the shape and sent it to Paper Pieces. Long story short, I proposed other sizes, all based on the antique.  The difference between existing tumblers and my thimbles is that mine are short and squatty and fit on Moda Precuts.  Pretty cool, I think!
Class was for Two Thimbles in Bellingham, Washington. Lee, the owner, took my measurements and made a stamp, which she sells, if you like.  That is super fun to use if you like to hand piece.  ssh, I have one started.

Here is the antique doll quilt...
Enlarge the photo and you will see the acrylic template better.  They come in 1/4" and 3/8" seam allowances. Both templates work great for stacking and cutting scraps, then either machine or English Paper Piece.  This size has an 80 piece paper packet just for this project! Not precut specific, but fits jelly roll strips and 5" charms, with leftovers.
and here is my version, just need to sew the final rows together.
The antique quilt has a knife edge finish, and is tied, not quilted as there is no batting.

This photo shows the 4" version made with 6 charm packs of Harriet's Handwork. There are paper and acrylic templates available. This size would be fabulous in a scrappy assortment of charm packs of my lines or any assortment!
The 2 little quilts are made with 1" paper Thimbles and 3 Moda Mini Charm packs.  One with Harriet's Handwork and the other with Evelyn's Homestead. 1/4" and 3/8" seam allowance acrylic templates are available for machine or EPP.
United Notions/Moda is also distributing wholesale the 4" and 1" papers and 1/4" seam allowance templates.

And this is the 2" version, made from scrappy Thimbles of all my collections to date.

Betsy's Thimbles  made their debut at Spring Market in Portland and all sizes are available
 from me or  Paper Pieces
Just look for Betsy Chutchian Designs

Patterns for making Harriet's Thimbles (the 4" and 1" quilts) will be available when My Harriet's Handwork line ships in October.

That's all from me today. Be sure to check on our other designers to see what they have been doing.
Happy sewing!!!

Until next time ~

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It's MY day for Moda BlockHeads! Block 6 Path thru the Woods

It's been a busy week since Block 5 for Moda BlockHeads.  I'm at a retreat as you read this, 19th Century Patchwork Diva retreat to be exact. So, I'm writing this before I go....
fingers crossed blogger posts as I have scheduled!!!  
Internet reception is sometimes hit or miss, at the wonderful retreat in East Texas, Greenbriar.  Great food, fellowship and sewing, compensate well for not being able to post to Instagram or Facebook as I would like, but I will definitely try!  With that said, I may not be able to respond to questions or comments you may make on the blog.  I'll have phone and iPad with me, so again fingers crossed that I can respond with the iPad.  If you are desperate with an issue, please contact me through either Facebook or Instagram, direct message, or by email (in profile). They might get through. Or, go to Carrie, link below. (thanks Carrie!)

Here is my version of Path Thru the Woods...

12" finished block

 CLICK  HERE for the pattern.

Please look at my sewing tips below.
You may wish to print and follow along.

Referring to the drawing, and cutting for A and B units, 
For A, I cut 6 squares ivory solid (Moda Bella 9900-60) and 6 squares assorted green prints (Evelyn's Homestead) 2 3/8" . Cut each square again once diagonally.  
Also for A, cut 8 squares of ivory and 8 squares of assorted green prints 2 1/2". From these 2 fabrics make half square triangle units. Trim each HST unit to 2".  I used a 2 1/2" Bloc_Loc ruler and it was perfect. You will have 16 HSTs.

Step 1  Arrange individual triangles and HSTs as shown.

Step 2  Sew individual triangles to HSTs. Press to triangles, not HSTs.

Then sew units together in rows. Seams will nest.

I flipped (twisted) the intersecting seam and clipped seam allowance as needed to press as shown.  
Intersections are very flat! Just the way I like them. :-)

Make 4 units.
 I waited to clip away dog-ears until block was stitched together.

 Step 3 Add B corners, note they are already oversized, so trim this unit to 6 1/2", using the opposite corners and the 45 degree diagonal line on your 6 1/2" ruler for reference.
Make 4 of these units.

Step 4  Sew units together. Can you see the seam flipped in this photo? It is pinned that way so the seams nest when sewn. 

You will then need to clip the flipped seam after stitching to lay flat.

 Here is the entire back, pressed and ready to have the dog-ears snipped.

 and the block, one more time.

Hope you enjoyed making MY block!

Isn't it fun to see this coming together!!!

How are you coming along with your blocks?

Remember to visit all the designers to see what they are doing. Links are below. You will need to copy them to your browser window.

Next week is Stacy's week!

Watch for some photos from retreat, with internet cooperation, LOL.

Post photos and use #modablockheads to we can follow along and find them.

Happy Sewing!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Moda BlockHeads 2 Block 5 Impact by Vanessa Goertzen

Happy Wednesday!  It's the 4th of July! So let's celebrate with Vanessa Goertzen's block Impact. And what do you do on the 4th of July....You go BIG...lots of food, parades, and fireworks.  And you go big with Vanessa too....a 24" block, and it is awesome! Find out more about Vanessa, and to see today's pattern, click here.

Thanks, Vanessa!

I made one tiny change to the original block, by making the 8" finished center, and uneven 9 patch, instead of a plain square. 

Be sure to check out what the other designers are making and doing!
Links below.
Visit Moda BlockHeads Facebook and use the hashtag #modablockheads and #showmethemoda
when posting your own photos to Facebook or Instagram.

 Here are all my blocks, 1-5 altogether.  Had to stand on a chair to get a good photo.

I'm very happy how my blocks and fabrics are coming together.

It's been a super busy week, since block 4, flight to Springfield , Missouri to speak and teach.
Decorating and nursing a sick kitty.

Here is a little seasonal color for the 4th of July....

 This is what the ladies of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guilt made last week while I was in Springfield , Missouri.

 Some of the lovely ladies in class...I had 19 that day.

 We had lunch at the biggest Bass Pro Shop in the world...LOL. It seemed like it anyway, and home to a GIANT aquarium.  We could see only a little portion...put it on your list if you like aquariums.

 And of course Miss Molly, recuperating on the couch. My sweet kitty had to have surgery right before I left for Springfield.  She hid for 3 days before I left. Fought taking her medicine and then I had to go ... She is very pleased to have me home now, and is doing quite well.  Thanks for all the Instagram and Facebook notes on my girl.

Next week, the block is one of MINE!  and I'm going to be out of town again...Diva retreat.
I'll schedule a post, so no worries there.  Fingers crossed my link will work, because internet reception is not very good there,  I'll be able to Instagram and Facebook, I think...but it is always hit or miss.

So until next week, have a fun and safe holiday.

~~  Betsy

Betsy Chutchian Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts Jan Patek Jo Morton Laurie Simpson Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Me & My Sister Designs Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life Stacy Iest Hsu Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BlockHeads Block 3 and MORE

Hello Wednesday! It is Moda BlockHeads 2 week 3 with Carrie Nelson's block Pennsylvania.  Fun, fast and easy.  So easy that like last week, I've made two!  No this isn't a 'design' plan, rather it's more of a 'Betsy can't make up her mind' plan.
I'm also going to do little catch up.  Last week, I had my own computer issues and couldn't get a blog post out.  This week, I'm writing a post Tuesday night and crossing my fingers it will work....

First block...

Second block...

6" block

Click HERE for Carrie's block via The Cutting Table aka Moda blog.

Blocks 1, 2, 3....

 Molly. Because she is impatient....
and because you haven't seen here in a while...meow
I like a quilt at the foot of the bed, even in the summer, and Molly helped me choose.
Molly is on Wildflower Meadow in my lovely Quilts for all Seasons book.

Choices for block 3...

Last week's 2nd block...

 Last week's first block...

We will be making different size blocks this time.  I think the variety in sizes is fun.  
Hope you do too.

Below, I've printed the names of each of this years designers with the link to their blog or, if they do not have a blog, to their Instagram account. Most of us have both and all are members of the Moda Block Heads Facebook group. Please visit each of these talented designers to see their blocks and whatever news or fun stuff they have to share.

Just yesterday (Monday) I had the pleasure of speaking to the Stitching Memories Quilt Guild in Duncan, Oklahoma.  They endured my allergies and cough, and cried with me as I spoke on my favorite topic Lizzie's Legacy. What a great group of ladies! As I was thanking them for inviting me, I apologized for getting so emotional.  One sweet lady said 'not to apologize, you were real.'  Wow. Thank you.  That's me, and Lizzie.  So much in common with a woman I know only through her Journals.  Thank you for trusting me with your legacy, Lizzie Carpenter, my great great grandmother.

Next Monday, I'll travel to Springfield, Missouri to speak and teach for the Ozark Piecemakers Guild. Program is 19th Century Patchwork Divas.  I doubt I will cry during that program, but you never know.  LOL 
I'll be gone when it's time to blog and I can't do it from my phone, nor iPad, but I'll post my blocks Wednesday on Instagram  @betsy_chutchian and in the Facebook group.

Until next time,
~ Betsy

2018 BlockHeads 2

Betsy Chutchian
Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Jan Patek
Jo Morton
Laurie Simpson
Lisa Bongean
Lynne Hagmeier
Me and My Sister Designs Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Stacy Iest Hsu
Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Moda BlockHeads 2 starts TODAY

So. It’s been a while...I think the last time I blogged was in February??  I planned a blogging break, but truly not this long! So what’s been going on? I’ve been teaching and traveling, a lot. Amazing places, wonderful students, meeting new friends, traveling with great friends. Alabama, East Texas, France, Portland, Oregon and Seattle area. Fun times with family birthday parties
 and beautiful memories all around.
Now that I’m back from Quilt Market and teaching in Washington state, 
it’s time for BlockHeads 2 to begin.

Here is our first block by
Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

12" finished block
block measures 12 1/2"

Please go to Lynne’s blog for the pattern. Click on the link.

This is my palette. Mostly Evelyn's Homestead with the addition of a little red from Grace's Garden and my market line, Harriet's Handwork (October delivery) Some fabrics may be added and some others may not be used, but this is the general idea for this year.

We have made a few changes for BH2...first thing you will notice is bigger blocks.  
This week it is a 12" block.  
The smallest block we will have is 6".
We have a Basic Instruction sheet you will want to print for your BlockHeads 2 folder.

No extra 3" blocks from me this time.

This year, the original six designers have invited a friend to join the group. Each one of us will be introducing our invitee today. And, each of us will blog 4 times (on our specific day for our 4 blocks), since there are more of us.  I plan to blog as much as possible besides my designated days 
and so will many of the other designers.
Moda's blog, The Cutting Table, will have far more information than what I've shared here, so be sure to read it each week. Links will be there for the designers and everything else. 

You can find me easily each Wednesday, barring some internet glitche when I'm traveling, on Instagram @betsy_chutchian and on Facebook Betsy Reed Chutchian

Here is the Link to our Facebook Moda BlockHeads
You will want to join if you haven’t already to see the blocks everyone makes.

My Invitee...

I invited Stacy Iest Hsu. Do you know Stacy? Stacy is a wonderful Moda designer, who besides designing pretty fabrics, designs adorable soft dolls for you to make. Stacy lives in California with her husband and 3 children. You will enjoy getting to know Stacy!

Thank you ALL for participating in BlockHeads 1 and now for joining us for BlockHeads 2.
Have fun making these blocks with me and my friends.

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Moda BlockHeads update...

Hello dear friends...I've just learned some exciting news to share with you all....there will be a BlockHeads 2!   I have NO details at all.  Please stay tuned for updates as they become available.  Wow!  Are you ready for a new adventure???


I'm still trying to find the right sashing for BlockHeads 1 !!!.  Pretty sure about the colors for the cornerstone stars.  well, you know me, I do change my mind.
Sometimes we just have to cut up a few strips and play.  Sit back, and look.  Walk away, and then return with a fresh eye.
And then, still be undecided!

What do you think?

I love indigo, but I'm really liking the red.  Which red print?  The stripe is from Lizzie's Legacy.  I'm surprised I have enough! And the red, with the little dashes and buds, is from Grace's Garden.
The indigo print is from the upcoming Evelyn's Homestead.
No matter which I select, it will at some point go next to blocks with that color on the outside edge.

I think I'm set on cornerstones, though I might mix up the reds and the golds from my different lines. But if I choose use red sashing, maybe I need indigo stars.  Hmmm

If you missed the posting (week 33, October 18) for the 3" Sawtooth Star  I've chosen for cornerstones, here are the measurements to cut:

center square 2"
4 corner squares 1 1/4"
starpoint background (sky for geese) 1 square 2 7/8"
4 squares for starpoints 1 3/4"
Please refer to  my week 32 post if you need a refresher on no-waste flying geese.
Trim starpoint units to 1 1/4" x 2"
Geese are 3/4" x 1 1/2" finished.
Assemble in rows.

Watch for updates on BlockHeads 2.
Happy Sewing!

Until next time
~ Betsy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

It's been great...Week 48 Moda BlockHeads Honeymoon by Carrie Nelson

Wow...48 weeks of weekly posts for Moda BlockHeads...It's a wrap.  I hope you all have enjoyed this block of the week as much as I have.  While we are wrapping up our 6" blocks, we are sharing our setting plans today.  

Question of the Week....Since we are sharing settings, 'fess up.  Is you quilt finished? or do you just have blocks and a plan?
I haven't stitched a thing on the quilt, just a gal with a plan.  You will find the plan below. Since we are 'fessing up, I rarely plan a setting in advance. I may have already mentioned that is a previous post. I like to see the blocks assembled on the design wall and go from there to pick fabrics, colors, alternate squares or alternate blocks, or sashing and cornerstones. Fabric speaks to me, does it to you? It will say 'no way', or 'yes, please'. I do have an idea of the fabrics for the setting as I type, but things can change, especially with me!!!

Here is my version of the last block, Week 48 Honeymoon by Carrie Nelson.
Thank you Carrie for all your blocks and for all the work you have done for us to make BlockHeads such a success.

Have you noticed favorite fabric combinations as I've made blocks?  I certainly hope they all will look wonderful together.  Blue - red - brown.  Red - yellow - brown.  Green - brown.  Ok, no more brown... Chocolates!
Click here for Carrie's pattern on Moda's Blog.

Please visit my friends' blogs to see what Jo, Lisa, Lynne and Jan have made this week,
 and to see their settings. Links below.

And now, one last 3" Mini Penny block...Confetti.

Throughout BlockHeads, I have kept a box, or 2, of scraps and scrap parts, like half square triangles.
I looked through the box and had enough odd size HSTs to make 4 1/2 pinwheels.  I made 2 more HSTs and pieced 1/2" finished triangle units together. Yes, 1/2" finished.  I trimmed all HSTs to 1".
Should you want to make Confetti from scratch, cut 10 light and 10 dark squares 1 1/2". Stitch to make HSTs and trim to 1".  .  Arrange units as you like and sew together to make pinwheels. The pinwheels should measure 1 1/2". Set the together with 4 - 1 1/2" squares.
Block should measure 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.

Throw some confetti and celebrate.  

As for the 3" blocks, set them as you like, or wait for me to decide how I want to put these adorable blocks together. I know I have more than 48, but haven't counted.  I've been thinking of a setting, but nothing yet, is saying go for it.   Stay tuned.

Here is my BlockHead stack!

and here is my stack with sketch of setting...

I love graph paper.

If you would like to see the full setting,

Just had to share...recent picture of Mr. Reed, 8 months.  Just look at those cheeks! And that hat!  A Christmas gift from MIMI.  He looks rather dapper. and loves looking at himself for the selfie.

So, my friends it has been fun being on this journey with you.  I may be quiet for a while to take care of some deadlines but do want to say, that  just in case you haven't had all the fun you can stand, there just may be something exciting coming. So, stay tuned.

Happy Sewing!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Week 47 Moda Block Heads Starry 9 Patch by Lisa Bongean

Welcome to Wednesday, BlockHead day!  Number 47!  One to go and we will be done! What a great block number 47 is....Thanks Lisa!  In fact they have all been great blocks!  I've had a ball making these, hope you have as well.

Question of the Week... Now that we are nearing the end...if you could start your blocks and quilt over again, is there anything you would have done different?  I'm really happy with the palette of my blocks, so no changes there.  I do wish I had planned a setting in advance, or at least very early on.  In my defense, however, I almost never plan a setting in advance!!!

Here is my version of Lisa's block....

Click here for the link to Lisa's blog and pattern.
This block was fun to make. I liked the added dark triangle in the's different. When sewing together the two triangles to make the star points, press that seam one tip for this block. 

Be sure to visit all my friends, links below, to see what they have made this week.
Thank you Lisa, for all of your blocks!

For my 3" block this time I chose to keep the 9 patch block going but made 4 - 1" finished 4 patches to do something a little different.

You may wish to change up you placement of the 4 Patches, so here is basic cutting...
5 - 1 1/2" squares light print
1" light strips, 1" dark strips 
(I used several short strips to prevent the curved thing that sometimes happens when pressing strips.)
 Sew lengths of strips together and press to dark strip. Cut apart in 1" increments. And, then sew those together to make 1" finished 4 patches. So tiny and sweet!  Assemble into a 9 Patch block that measures 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.

Lots going on here.  Not too long ago I was at retreat sewing on just ONE project, that I still can't show and this week and next, it's one deadline after another.  I told my daughter the other day when she asked why everything comes at the same time, "It's the Law, it's just the law."  When it rains, it pours.  Of course something gets delayed or unfortunately forgotten. I'm trying my best to remember everything, at least everything I have remembered to write down! 
Happy Sewing!

Next week is our last week!  I can't believe it.

Take care...
Until next time,
~ Betsy

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Week 46 Moda BlockHeads Cat and Dog by Jan Patek

Week 46!  Two blocks to go!  This week is a cute applique from Jan Patek.  Before I get to the pattern, I need to explain why the link didn't work to send you to Jo's pattern....I wrote the blog early, before going on retreat.  I tested and thought everything was ok and set it to post.  I thought things were fine until a message came to me saying that it did not work.  At this retreat the devices might as well be left at home.  Internet service is awful.  And, for some reason, even if it did work, I can't post from the iPhone or iPad to the blog.  For these very reasons, I always post the contact info a the bottom of the page with each BlockHead blog so you can reach all of us.  Hope it did not cause too much confusion or problems, my apologies.

  Question of the Week....When you stitch, hand or machine, do you listen to anything?  Music, podcasts, audiobooks, television, or Netflix?
Netflix when in the sewing room.  Television when hand stitching.  For hand stitching, a binge of shows or a movie or regular programming is fine with me.  I stitch in the living room and can watch with my husband, but only if we agree to watch the same show!

Thank you Jan for including a dog and a cat!  I'm a cat person, and have 2, Molly and Hudson. Black and white tuxedo cats, siblings from 2 litters, and had same mom and same dad.  Neither would forgive me if I included the I stitched 2 kitties...
You might want 2 dogs!

Click Here for Jan's pattern.

The black prints are from Evelyn's Homestead which will be arriving in shops in March.  Background is from Rachel Remembered.

3" Mini Penny block is a Cat and Mouse variation, simplified because of the size.

To make this block, cut 5 black squares and 4 gray, or 2nd black print, 1 1/4".
Cut 1 cream square 4", cut again in an X and 2 cream squares 1 1/2" cut again /.
Cream parts are oversized.
Sew squares as shown, add cream triangles to sides of units with 2 squares, and sew to sides of center section.

Press and trim block to 3 1/2" before adding corner triangles. Press well and trim corners for block to measure 3 1/2" for a 3" block.

Please visit my friends, links below, to see what they have made.

Here is what I made at retreat.  I've never worked on just one quilt at a was intense.  You will have quite a wait to see this beauty, so stay tuned!
1000s of seams!!! and I enjoyed every one!  :-) 

Until next time,
~ Betsy