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


  1. How brilliant to make your own template to fit pre-cuts! I love your little repro! Now I want to make a thimble quilt!
    (did I use too many exclamation marks? Lol!)

  2. Sandy, the thimbles are addictive!