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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Week 45 Moda BlockHeads Double Dutch by Jo Morton

Ok here we go with Week 45 Moda BlockHeads!  45!  3 blocks to go!  How are you doing ?  Are you caught up?  I am totally shocked that I've been able to keep up.  The weekly pace suits me.  Hope you are still with us and enjoying the journey.

Question of the Week....Do you have any exciting plans or adventures on your calendar for 2018?
Well, as a matter of fact, an exciting year awaits me....maybe you can join me!  February 1 and 2 I'll be in Athens, Alabama at the Dixie Stitchers Quilt Guild.  March I'll be teaching at Greenbriar Retreat Center (full).  In April I fly to FRANCE! 2 days in Paris, then on to Nantes for the quilt show Pour l'Amour du Fil April 25th-28 for my Quiltmania book debut.  Home for 2 weeks then on to Portland in May for Quilt Market and then teaching outside Seattle for 2 shops (details to come). 2 guild trips in June, Duncan, Oklahoma and Ozark Quilt Guild in Springfield, Missouri. Shops in Iowa and Nebraska in September (details to come), then niece's wedding, Dallas Quilt Guild (unconfirmed) in October.  Quilt Market in Houston in November. I think that is all.  Haven't had such a busy year in a long, long time. If you are near where I will be, I'd love to see you!

This week's pattern is from Jo and what a fun pattern it is to make! 

Click here for Jo's pattern on her blog.
I trimmed the large geese to measure 2" x 3 1/2"
and small geese to 1 1/4" x 1 3/4"
Thanks Jo!
Please visit my friends (links below) to see what they have made this week.

Here is a cutie! 3" Mini Penny block 
Make flying geese units using the same method as in our instructions. To make working with the tiny geese a little easier, I cut geese rectangles 1 5/8" x 2 5/8" and background squares 1 5/8"
Once made, trim geese units to 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut center square 1 1/2"
You will start sewing long side to center square with a partial seam, then add each long side of geese unit. Tricky part is the final seam to meet your first partial seam.  It's tedious there, because of such small block, but sew worth it!

Love these blocks!

Want to join me in France???

One more thing to do....Do you like a quilt challenge?   Do you like prizes?  Go to Annette Plog's blog to learn more about the One Block Challenge she is hosting with 3 Moda designers. Look for her post detailing the rules.  One Block Challenge and I'm the first designer!  I chose the Double T block, a long time favorite block.  Here is one of the reasons why I love of the first antique quilts I purchased in the 1990s.  I reproduced this quilt with a pink setting for my book Gone to Texas....I think T is for Texas, or for anything really that starts with a T!
I hope you join in the fun.
Can't wait to see what you will make!

 Until next time ~