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 -

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Moda BlockHeads 3 Week 2

Happy Wednesday!  It's Sherri McConnell's week and here is my version of her block, Sunshine Star.
I love this block  Easy, yet you need to think, just a little.  LOL  Select 4 fabrics and a background and you are set to sew.

I selected 3 prints from Sarah's Story and the red print is from Susanna's Scraps.  The background is from Nancy's Needle which arrives in March.  I know, no fair that I have advanced yardage.
A similar result can be made with Harriet's Handwork, and older line. That vine background is a little warmer, a little darker. I do like vines!

This week I have chosen a 6" version for Sunshine Star.
I love it.
To visit Sherri's blog for downloading the pattern and grabbing whatever tips Sherri may have for making this cutie, Click Here

No need to rush to Sherri's blog, last week Corey's blog crashed with everyone trying to download at the same time. If you get an error notice, be patient and try again. 

Thanks for following along!

And now there are 2!

Please visit the other designers listed below to see what they have made this week and check out all the photos in the Facebook group.

Until next time, which will be my week, Happy sewing!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

And Sew We Begin...BlockHeads 3

Hi everyone, today's the day...BlockHeads 3!

Are you ready??

We have a few changes this year and are urging everyone to visit each designer each week. When you print your patterns from each designer's blog or website, you will notice 3-4 different sizes of blocks. You choose the size you wish to make...and you can change to a different size each week, if you like.  So many options! This year will be so much fun! Make the blocks in your favorite fabrics...I'm going to make a scrappy version using my Susanna's Scraps,  Sarah's Story and Nancy's Needle that is coming in March.  Enjoy this sewing journey. A few setting options may be available soon, but you don't have to use them. Some designers will be creating their own layouts also....ha ha, not me! I will wait until I see how things are shaping up. Don't wait on me.  I'll be inspired by the fabrics and want time to play with the blocks.  I can't wait to see what you all make.

Be sure to visit the Moda BlockHeads Facebook group for postings of blocks that members have made. 

Here is my version of Block 1
from Corey Yoder

Star Chain

I chose to make a 12" block, but it would be great in any size.
 Fabrics this time, are from Sarah's Story.

Thank you Corey!

Click Here for the link to Corey's blog and pattern and tips

I enjoyed making Star Chain, and I'm sure you will too!

Please visit all the designer's below to see their versions.

Thanks for visiting me!

Until next time

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Getting ready for next week...

Hi everyone!  Here we are one week away from the kickoff for BlockHeads 3.  Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and that you are ready to start making blocks!  

I have starter bundles ready to go.  First to be served, will be those who responded in December's post.  Here's what I need from email address!  Once I have your email address I'll send you a PayPal invoice (request for payment) and Viola! You will receive your bundle as soon as possible. (I combined both assortments that I showed last month thanks to some advance yardage of Nancy's Needle)  I have a limited number as shown, but may be able to kit more with a few substitutions.

Betsy's starter bundle
52 fat  1/16 prints
9" x 11" pieces
 (3 1/4 yards total)
$48 including shipping in the US

I may have added a few special prints from Susanna's Scraps. ;)
I had a hard time narrowing down to just 52!
I love the assortment and can't wait to make the first blocks!

 Couldn't resist putting all these yummy chocolates on top.  They look good enough to eat, right??

Please let me know If you are still interested or if you are just now seeing my offer.
If you want to email me, my address in is the profile.

Mailings will be in USPS Priority envelope for a quick arrival, beginning Monday, Jan 13. I'll be away a few days until then, making BlockHeads blocks.

Look for fun Wednesdays ahead!!!

See you next week!

BH3 designers:

Corey Yoder
Sherri McConnell
Betsy Chutchian
Jan Patek
Brigitte Heitland
Lisa Bongean
Lissa Alexander
Laurie Simpson
Vanessa Goertzen
Stacy Iest Hsu
Robin Pickens 
Janet Clare
Jen Kingwell
Joanna Figueroa