Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Another Double BlockHeads Day with Jan and Laurie

Another busy week has flown by!  Time...where does it go?
Today's blocks are brought to you by Jan Patek and Laurie Simpson.  I love adding Jan's applique to this project and Laurie's block was just plain fun to make.

Thank you Jan and Laurie for these 6" cuties!!!

By the way, do you have Alphabitties? The cute letters and numbers are from Fat Quarter Shop and are great tools for marking parts or rows of blocks or words for photography!!! 
I have multiple sets, LOL. 

Block 21 Circle and Star

Jan has many videos for her applique techniques.  They are awesome. You won't want to miss her techniques and tips!

Click Here to go to Jan's blog to download the pattern.
And, for her tips on those lovely star points!

Points can make those of us who love applique, crazy. So gather tips and do what works for you.

Applique techniques are also on the Basic Instructions page, that I hope you have printed for your file.

Not knowing the particular tips Jan might give you, here is what I did...
first I traced the circle onto the right sides of the blue square and the cream square. Then traced the star pattern onto the right side of the red fabric, and appliqued it needle turn method, following the orientation in the pattern, to the cream square.
Next, I basted the blue fabric on top of the cream square, both right sides up. Cut your squares the same size. I do several bastings, one on the sewing line, one 1/2" to the inside and, one 1/2" around the outside of the circle. Now I'm ready to reverse applique! Carefully snip an opening in the blue fabric between the stitching line and the inner basting line without clipping your applique or cream background. I cut a narrow seam allowance a small distance as I remove the stitching line of basting thread and turn under the edge.  You will need to occasionally clip the curved seam allowance as you stitch. Remove the remaining basting stitches and trim away the the excess cream fabric from the back of the block.
 You can always turn under the outside of the cream circle and applique on top. Check out Jan's advice first! but, I do love the opportunity to reverse applique!

Note I had cut a larger blue square, but I'm suggesting to you that you cut the same size, 7", if you prefer to trim after.

Now for some piecing fun with Laurie's Block 22, Economy Path.

Yes, this is a 6" finished block. The 4 units are 3" finished, measuring 3 1/2" before sewing them together.
Click Here to go to Laurie's blog to download her pattern and see what tips she may have.
I had fun picking the fabrics and only changed my mind twice!

Have you found as you make your blocks, that you don't like your original choices?  I have.  There are some I'd like to change, but I'll wait until I have made all the blocks first.  Colors and fabrics that you think don't work may in fact be just fine when we set the blocks together.

Please visit all our designers to see what they have made. Links below.

Thanks again Jan and Laurie!!!

Happy applique stitching and 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


  1. Oh Betsy! I had some time to go on the internet today and browse some much loved blogs (Mugwumps Woolies is a favorite) and ended up looking at one designers fabric and then looked at yours. I only follow 3 designers regularly, you, Jo, and Joanna. Oh my Harriet’s Handwork! It is so lovely and I can’t wait to order the line. I have all of your lines along with Jo’s and Joanna’s since I stared quilting three years ago. Although I have little time to sew my tiny sewing room is lovely with wonderful fabrics thanks to you three.

    1. Thank you Karen! It is always a wonderful feeling to read that someone loves what I do. Harriet should be in shops soon. xxx