Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy BlockHeads3 Wednesday! Block 7 by Lissa Alexander

Happy Wednesday!!!
How are you all doing this week 7 of BlockHeads3? 
Are you keeping up?  Are you making extra blocks in every size? 
Most importantly, are you having fun???
I love making blocks.
 I got a little carried away this week, and made several of Lissa Alexander's block 7...Zest.
I have lots of photos today.

Here is one version of Zest...

This the 4" version.

Please CLICK HERE  for Lissa'a pattern, Zest.

Then I decided I wanted more...and so there were 4 - 4" blocks!

Then, I thought would they be cute with the 4" LOVE block I made for Brigitte's block...

Darling, if I do say so myself.

I LOVE this photo.

Then, I thought wouldn't the heart be cute in 2" finished....4 of these make a 4" finished block.
So, I grabbed some scraps.
Oh goodness, too cute.
Ideas, ideas.  I do love to play...a coaster, a pincushion....a ???

And here is the growing stack.

and now this is an 8" block!

Have fun with Zest! 

Until next time,
~  Betsy

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy Wednesday! BlockHeads 3 Block 6 by Lisa Bongean

Happy Wednesday! 

This week our BlockHeads 3 block 6 is Magic, designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.

Here is my 8" version of Magic in indigo and butter.

This sweet block is fun and easy to make, in whichever size you choose.
I used 1" finished triangle paper to make the small triangles quickly.
Background prints are from Nancy's Needle due in March, and the indigo and butter prints are from Sarah's Story.

To download the pattern for Magic, click HERE for Lisa's blog.

My block collection is growing, and I'm loving where this is heading!

 I think there will be several blocks during BH3, that I will make in multiple sizes.

This week I'm a busy bee making plans for Spring Market quilts and other projects...where does the time go?! Won't be long until I see you back here next week.

Hope you enjoy making Magic!

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

Until nest time,
~ Betsy

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Moda Blockheads 3 Block 5

 Happy Wednesday!
 Hope you all have had a good week and are having fun with our BlockHeads3! 
Last week I appliqued and this week I pieced...paper pieced a 4" cutie 
by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.

Brigitte has created a darling Valentine for us. 

Perfect time to find some of my Mom's old Valentines from 1930.

I paper pieced this block and enjoyed every minute. 
My favorite fabric, from Susanna's Scraps, serves as the background and
 the letters are from Susanna, Sarah's Story and Nancy's Needle (March delivery)

Click HERE to go to Brigitte's blog and download the pattern.

Four sizes are available, so choose you favorite size!

Timing of this block could not have been better.
Happy Valentine's Day.

and now there are 5.

No setting design yet, just putting the blocks on the design wall....for now.

I'll be spending Valentine's Day in San Antonio with friends.
On the 13th, I'm presenting a program to the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild and 
giving a workshop for them on the 15th.  

Until next time,
~ Betsy

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Happy Moda BlockHeads 3 Wednesday Block 4 by Jan Patek

Hi everyone! Wednesday has surely come around fast and now it's time for another block for BH3.  This is an applique week with a cute block designed by Jan Patek.

Block 4 Birdhouse

To download and print Jan's block, and to see her tips, please use this link to her blog.

I decided to to make this block 8" finished. I haven't seen the other applique blocks from Jan, so I'll decide on their size at the time.

I love applique. It is harder on my hands than it used to be. I followed Jan's instructions and hand appliqued.  And, I love it!  hmm I see that I have forgotten the eye.  Easily fixed later.
Thank you Jan!

Please check on all our to designers to see what they have made this week. Links are below.

Happy stitching!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Block 3 for BlockHeads3...It's my week!

Happy Wednesday!

Today it is my pleasure to share one of my blocks, block 3 Crown and Star for BlockHeads3! 
Please enjoy today's post, I have lots of tips for you! and lots of photos!

Before I begin, let me say thank you for visiting my blog! And thank you for being a BlockHead!!!
Please come back each week as I am planning a little something extra for you as we progress.

**Please read**
If everyone tries to download at the same time, there are SO many participating, that my blog will crash and so will the link...Patience, please. and come back. Blog will recover and all information will still be here.

SO, here is my Super tip of the day... 
Use the links I've provided below, and follow each one of our blogs by email. The blog post will be delivered to your inbox each Wednesday and other days when the designers blog.  No need to panic about getting your block at 8am.  Just a thought....

Crown and Star

I thoroughly enjoyed making this block, so much so, that I made it in 3 sizes!

Why 3 sizes? Why not? 
When you can't make up your mind...and you cut wrong and are simply in the mood to play...  
The oh so cute alphabet slate thingy was my mom's.  I had her name spelled out and it took forever to move Florence to the side and get Block 3 on the center line!! It's there but it is hard to see.

Whether you make a 12", 8", 6" or the tiny 4"block, the methods for construction
 will be exactly the same.

and a 3" goof....
Or is it a fine example of reversed fabric placement??? Hmm.
Nothing goes to waste around here.

After struggling over fabric selection(s), I spray starched the fabrics and pressed them well before cutting.  This one step is crucial especially with small blocks! Fabrics are a mix of Sarah's Story, available now, and Nancy's Needle, arriving in March.

After starching and pressing, I decided to make all flying geese units first.
The directions given are what I used for all but the 4" block and by the way, if you wish to make the 4" version, you will need to go to Lisa Bongean's blog for her measurements. Link is below.

Here are my tips for making Crown and Star....
1. Before cutting C, F, G and H, add 1/8" to the squares and, then cut into triangles as directed.
Sew as directed, then trim to the finished size you need for the size block you are making.
I personally LOVE Bloc_Loc rulers for flying geese trimming!

The 4" for example needs a 3/4" x 1 1/2" flying geese ruler.

6" block needs 1" x 2"
8" block needs 1 1/2" by 3"
12" block needs 2" x 4"

'Trim to' sizes are included in the pattern, if you don't have the flying geese rulers.  There are other rulers on the market, but this method is a favorite.

2.  Next, I cut out the remaining pieces. If you are not making a scrappy background as in my 8" block, cutting is a breeze.
Assemble center star as shown in the pattern.

3.  Make HSTs  as directed for F and G. Trim to size directed on the patten.

4.  Assemble your parts for the Crown.
Notice I'm showing 2 ways for assembly.
Above, works great for 6" block or larger.
For the 4" block, I found the assembly method below easier and more accurate.
Geese units like to curve and it's annoying. Just saying.

5.  Layout parts and sew units together.
Thought you might lie to see the back side of my parts.
I like to twist my seams at intersections and clip only if needed to reduce bulk.
Twist, flip, or spin...all the same technique.
Sorry about the different kinds of lighting in these photos! Yikes!
Sew sections together, twisting seam intersections as needed and pressing well. 

Click Here
to download Crown and Star pattern.

Hope you enjoy making my block!

and then there were 3...or 4 or 5! which one will I use!
or all?

Remember, I won't settle on my setting until most, if not all of the blocks are made.

Please visit all of our designers (links below)to see how they have made my block.  
I can't wait to see them!!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

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