Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Home from Alaska for Week 24 Corn No Beans

I can't believe one week ago, we were looking at glaciers in the Tracy Arms Fjords....so awesome!  What a good thing it was to write the post for last week early because the ship's internet when working, was s o o o  s l o w! I tried to post to Instagram and Facebook and never got one post through.  Anyway much thanks for Carrie posting the block for me!  When I could post, it seemed anti climatic.  Oh well. Was only a slight glitch.

View from ship in Juneau.

 View from our room in Skagway. We will be getting on that train.

Just one of the breathtaking views, high above town, from the White Pass train.

I'm ready to go back!  I saw an eagle sitting in a tree and a giant something, whale or dolphin, as it jumped out of the water on the far side away from the ship going into Juneau.  I'm saying whale.  Of course neither time did I have the iPhone ready.

Question of the Week....Rulers, which size and brand do you reach for the most?  Olfa Frosted and Bloc_loc rulers are my go to rulers.  I have multiples on the sizes shown and of a 4" Olfa Frosted ruler too. the long skinny ruler is called a 1" x 12" but is actually 1.25"x 12.5".  I use the 4", 6", 1"x12" and 6"x12" the most. The 1"x12" is a very versatile ruler...a great straight edge and when 3/4" finished strips are needed for log cabin strips, it cannot be beat! For Bloc_loc, the 4.5" HST is my most used...I have a spare. and I have every size flying geese Bloc_loc makes

Carrie Nelson brings us today's block, week 24, Corn No Beans.

Mine looks like Corn, Beans and Salsa!  OR better yet Nachos!  Can you tell I'm craving Tex- Mex...chips, salsa, queso, enchiladas and everything else!!!  I love this block, Carrie! But it's making me hungry.  Thank you!  
Fun to select fabric and to sew.  

Click here 
for Carrie's pattern on the Moda blog.
Visit our other designers to see what they made. Links below.


  
Mini Penny

Cut  1 3/4" squares of light and dark prints, OR use leftover triangles from other blocks.
Trim each HST unit to 1 1/4".  These little tiny HSTs finish at 3/4".

Happy Sewing!

Until next time ~
Betsy


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Week 23 Winneconne Star by Lisa Bongean


Hello everyone,  I'm writing this post early because as you read this, I'm in Alaska!  Well, actually on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ship teaching Hope's Journey wild goose chase quilt.  I hope I'll have some pretty photos to share.

Question of the Week...What is your favorite  brand of rulers?
My absolute favorite brand is Olfa Frosted. I prefer it because of the frosted backing that helps to keep the ruler stable while I cut, and because of the very thin black lines for accurate measurements.
Short answer, more on rulers next week....

and now for this week's block...
Winneconne Star by Lisa Bongean


As each week goes by, I'm having lots of little pieces left over. While some are perfect for a 3" mini, others have to wait until the right project comes along.  Lisa's pattern is the perfect time to use lots of random squares.  Most of you probably toss these little tidbits, but they hang around on my sewing or cutting table, waiting patiently. Very rarely do I throw them away. 
It's almost an obsession to save them...almost. 
 My camera angle is distorting the sizes somewhat, or is it the seam allowance,
 but the corners look huge! lol
I've put some pinks in from the upcoming Grace's Garden along with a favorite pink from Lizzie's Legacy, then tossed in some squares of Hope's Journey, Rachel Remembered and one square from Eliza's Indigo.  Scrappy fun!

for the link to Lisa's blog and the pattern and her tips.
Be sure to stop by my friends' blogs to see what they are up to. Links below.


Aren't they cute?
 The mini this time quick and easy, and yes from leftovers. 


Since I pieced the star points using the connector method in the pattern, I had 8 sets of triangle leftovers from the blue and cream prints.  I stitched the triangles together using a scant seam, pressed to the dark and trimmed the unit to 1 1/2" square. Cut 3 blue squares 1 1/2". Sew together as shown.
Block should measure 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.

Have a wonderful week. I hope I can post to Instagram and Facebook while cruising.

Until next time ~
Betsy

will be missing these cuties



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/ 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Moda BlockHeads Week 22 Birdhouse by Jan Patek


Question of the week... What kind of batting do you use?
I primarily use Hobb's 80 - 20 especially for really scrappy quilts with LOTS of piecing.  I have found the seams nestle in very well.  When I want a quilt super drapey, I like wool. Another batting I've used is called Legacy, I think, but I don't know who makes it.  And bamboo is nice and drapey. I had a hard time wrapping my head around bamboo, but why not, I started quilting with polyester in 1980!  My quilters would know best what I use, lol.  I machine or hand quilt small quilts myself and use leftover pieces from the larger quilts, but I never know what is what. If it drapes well, I use it and have been known to split wool batting...boy is that ever a pleasure to hand quilt!!!
Have you ever had a batting that didn't needle well? Chances are it was over resined in processing. It happened to me YEARS ago when I was hand quilting for the public.  I talked with the Hobbs man at Market and he said I should send it back, it had too much resin...right. will do... totally hand quilted and bound and in the hands of the recipient...NO, too late, thank you very much.  I remember how that batt felt...stiff like a layer of glue was on it. It hurt to quilt.  
Too much resin, something to look for...before quilting!!!

Here we go...Week 22, Birdhouse by Jan Patek, is another cute applique pattern.  
Isn't it cute!  I'm not a 'live' bird person, but do like birds in applique, especially folkart birds.  For this block I planned to do back basting, traced the back of my pattern and traced the pattern to the back side of  my fabric....then thought, oh I'll try freezer paper on this project.  Why? Because I was preparing this in anticipation for a trip and the need to schedule this post early and really didn't think I'd have time to applique.
Ok.  The day I traced shapes and cut out parts, my brain left on its own trip. I traced patterns for freezer paper applique, pressed fabric to paper and glued the shape's seam allowances in place. Cool, really happy until I placed everything on the pattern...backwards.  Who cares, right?...my quilt afterall.  No can do...had to re trace and start over with new bird and roof, the other shapes were fine.  Roof went in the trash but the backwards bird became a mini block, shown below.


For Jan's pattern, CLICK HERE to go to her blog for the pattern link. 
Jan will have all the tips and tutorials for you to use in your applique.
Enjoy stitching this little cutie, I did! Yes, it is all stitched down! :-)

Be sure to visit the other Block Heads' links below to see their blocks. Also check out Instagram and Facebook and the permanent link http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/
if you need to catch up .
So here is a super trash to treasure use for the backwards bird 3" Mini Penny Sweet TWEET.
and a super quick 3" pieced block.
For the pieced block, cut the center square 2".  Cut 4 rectangles 1 1/4" x 2" and 4 squares 1 1/4".
Super easy to do. Block should measure 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.
The pieced block is made of leftover pieces on the sewing table....love those handy scraps!




in closing, a couple of cuties...in small human form...

Madison was in such a good mood...tried to capture a good smile, but caught her  mid laugh or was is a yell??
and Reed with Grandad...looks like he is ready to box!

Wish you could hear Madison say Grandad...it has about 40 syllables! Love it!!!

Until next time,
~ Betsy

Lynne - 

Betsy - 

Lisa B - 

Jan - 

Jo - 

Moda - 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moda BlockHeads Week 21 Flying Geese Variation by Jo Morton

Another week, another block!  How are your blocks coming along?   This week Jo has brought us a fun block called Flying Geese Variation...you know I do love geese
...thanks Jo!

What a difference in color!  Photos were taken only seconds apart! I'll never be a good photographer. Pretend I tea dyed the top image.
Enjoyed making this block and used a 1" x 2" block loc flying geese ruler to trim the geese to a perfect 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unit.  I also used it to trim the center square in a square unit. Fabrics are from Rachel Remembered, but the red plaid is from Hope's Journey.



for the link to Jo's blog and the pattern page and Jo's tips.

The 3" Mini Penny block this time is the very same only reduced with dark corners and center.
Geese units are 1/2" x 1" finished. Make this with your favorite method . I found the no waste method to be the best for this size geese, but you could easily cut the green squares diagonally in an X and the cream squares in half diagonally.  
Cut 2 green squares 2 3/8" and 8 cream squares 1 5/8".  These measurements are oversized so that once sewn, you can trim to 1" x 2" using the 1/2" x 1" bloc loc if you have it. A regular ruler works too.

Please visit my friends to see what they have made this week. Links below. 
and if you need to catch up, the following link is always available.
http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/

 Block should measure 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.

Remember, these penny blocks are my own thing, created originally from leftover fabric when trimming a block. No formal pattern is provided and are not part of the blockhead setting.  This is something I wanted to do, to see what I could make from leftovers and now, miscuts, and whatever happens to be on the cutting or sewing table, to share and inspire.  As the weeks have progressed, I've collected a lot of tiny scraps...nothing goes to waste. 
 Sew....Enjoy!


Question of the Week....Do you put labels on your quilts?
Can you picture my head hanging low in shame????  No, sad to say I rarely make a label.  I do however make them when a quilt goes to Market, or is in a quilt show, or for a photo shoot to be in a book...don't want them to get lost!  I know, they should all have a label and all tell details of their birth, lol.  But I have this time issue thing...not enough to go around.  I'm doing well to get the binding done!  Sshh, there are several quilts from Diva exchanges that are quilted and not bound....I said sshh, don't tell. ;-)

Reed and Wrigley are bonding.  She is the sweetest kitty, and as big as Reed!
Reed is 2 months old.




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/ 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week 20 is my week, 'Devil's Claws'

Wasn't it my turn, like yesterday???  How are you all doing with your blocks? Staying caught up, I hope.  So far so good for me. I've needed to do some advance prep for blocks when going out of town and to my surprise, I'm getting them done and scheduling a post that actually appears when it should. I'll be preparing early and scheduling posts for publication during a few other adventures this summer.


Question of the week...
Do you wash - clean your quilts?  
I have cats, cats do bad things on occasion. Besides a daily removal of cat hair from the quilt on the bed, the table, or the couch, I've come home to cat gak on a quilt which necessitates washing, pronto. I wash with a delicate cycle using color catchers, these cloth like sheets, that are made by Shout and found with laundry supplies in the grocery store.  Here's the good thing though, that is just a precaution, because I pre wash my fabric which takes care of any color running issues and  leaves shrinkage from the batting the only issue in the dryer.  I wash in cold water and dry on low, or an air dry cycle with towels added to keep everything moving and dry quicker.  I don't have carpenting or an extra big bed to lay the quilt flat to dry so I mostly rely on the dryer.
I have had to wash a quilt after a program, or if its dirty from a variety of sources and a variety of reasons, not just bad cats.  Mostly, however, I tumble my quilts in the dryer on an air dry cycle to remove dust and to freshen.  The closeline is long gone, or I would 'air' my quilts on the line.

I
Devil's Claws from Fredericksburg, Texas and Lubbock, Texas
These dried okra/alien creature looking things are native to arid parts of the country.  As pioneers traveled so did these claws, hitchhiking on shoes and boots, pants legs, skirt and dress hems which they shredded.  The plant is pretty and has pretty blooms, and ugly, painfully sharp fruit. 
Aptly named!

                                      My antique Devil's Claws quilt, also known as Brown Goose. 
This quilt is featured in my book, Lizzie's Legacy.


BlockHeads Week 20
This block, Devil's Claws, is one of my favorite blocks.  I have had no problem making this block, but you may find it challenging, so I'm going to give you tips and a couple of alternate ways to piece in case you have trouble.  Please don't be discouraged by this preemptive statement.  I'm here to help, it's my block.  You will find the 'click here' for the pattern after my examples.

Welcome to my classroom....

Following the pattern, cut as indicated. Measurements are exact. (I made some blocks with starched fabrics and some blocks without...this is the one time I think I prefered a very lightly starched or no starch fabric)
Step 1.  Make the hourglass center from A and B triangles.  
Unit should measure 3 1/2" when trimmed.
 

Step 2.  Make 2 Flying geese units.  Instructions are for cutting triangles, so carefully match points on the right and have a dog ear visible. Put your needle down at the the V and sew 1/4" seam.
 Press to the dark.  Repeat process on other side. 
Using a 1.5" x 3" Bloc_Loc ruler or other small ruler, measure unit.  It should measure  2" x 3 1/2". Trim or correct with a scant seam (one or two thread widths) as needed.

                         

 Step 3.  Sew B dark triangles to A light triangle.  Pin triangle points at 1/4", careful not to stretch bias when sewing or pressing.  Press to dark triangles.
Add C light triangles to corners last, again careful not to stretch bias. Press to light triangle.  
Unit should measure 2" x 6 1/2" 


Step 4.  Sew flying geese units to hourglass.  Press to hourglass.
Pin Step 3 unit to center unit at center and corners.  Corners should nest together. Stitch and press away from center.



 Click Here  for the pattern 
and look below for 2 other sewing options.

Option 1:  Make hourglass center the same as in pattern, using 1 dark square and 1 light square. Trim same as directed above.  Make 2 flying geese units with light geese and 4 flying geese units with dark geese.  I used the connector method from last week's block.  Rectangles are 2 x 3 1/2", squares are 2" Sew diagonally across square, press to corner and trim away excess. Save the excess triangles you trim away for use i the 3" mini block. Press to sky and trim to
2" x 3 1/2". Make one to test.  If too small, cut rectangles 2 1/8" x 3 5/8" and squares 2 1/8".   Measure and trim to 2" x 3 1/2".
Join center section as is pattern, press to hourglass. Section should measure 3 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Press seam open when joining geese in top and bottom row. Outer rows should measure 2 x 6 1/2"
then sew rows together,


Option 2:  Make hourglass unit and 12 - 1 1/2" finished half square triangles. Use your leftover triangles from the 6" block, or Use 1 1/2"" triangle paper or, cut 6 light squares and 6 dark squares 2 1/2".   Make HSTs and trim each unit to 1 1/4". Arrange as shown, sewing units together in pairs, press some HST seams to light and others to the dark so that seam will nest together.




To make a Mimi Penny 3" block as above or one with  rearranged triangles, Make hourglass unit  from one light and one dark 2 7/8" squares. Trim finished unit to 2".  Make 12 - 3/4" finished half square triangles. Use 3/4" triangle paper or cut 6 light squares and 6 dark squares 1 3/4" , make HSTs and trim each unit to 1 1/4". Arrange as shown, sewing units together in pairs, press some HST seams to light and others to the dark so that seam will nest together.




This double pink is on the back of the antique. I could not resist working in a few chocolate and tobacco prints from Grace's Garden, my line that will arrive in October. 

The red print is from Lizzie's Legacy, and the gold from Rachel Remembered.



As with most blocks, take your time and go slow, cut accurately, pin, and press well.

If you need to catch up of past blocks you can find them here, http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/
or in the Files on the Moda BlockHeads Facebook page

Now, go see what the rest of the blockhead designers have made. Links to their sites are below.



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/