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19
Jul
17

Moda Blockheads…Block 20!

 

This week it is Betsy’s week with another fun block…I made my simple…just two colors…I love them both! Click HERE to visit Betsy’s blog and get the printout for the pattern.

 

July 19 – Do you wash-clean your quilts?  If so, any special tips to share?

Hmmm…I wash quilts that are used on beds… Warm wash on gently cycle with a mild detergent…then in the dryer to dry on the lowest heat setting…

I will also wash quilts when I want them to look old..all crinkled up and the quilting sunk in…these I put in a hot dryer…

I do not wash quilts that are meant to hang on a wall, aka…my best quilts… My wool appliqué quilts fall into this category, which is the first thing someone asks when they see a quilt with wool appliqué on it…..I do not spend many hours of my time and very expensive hand dyed wools and fancy threads to have someone unconsciously drool on them! LOL…so that means NO one is sleeping under my wool applique quilts and they should not get dirty…dusty maybe!!!  If they need freshening up I put them in the dryer on air dry to knock the dust off…if they are small quilts/table mats/runners I use a lint roller…  Can quilts with wool appliqué be washed?  Yes…cold water and then laid flat to dry…I would hand wash in bathtub if I had to wash a wool appliqué quilt…I’d also throw in some ice cubes…If you get wool hot and wet it will bleed..so the colder the water the better.  Wash it and get it out and laid flat on something to dry on…a floor covered with plastic drop cloth would work well..

Make sure you go and visit everyone else and see what’s on their blogs today!!!

My Best…Lisa

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12
Jul
17

Moda Blockhead No. 19

Whoo hoo…rollin along…today block is Lynne’s from Kansas Troubles Quilters…Click HERE to get the pattern from Lynne’s blog…

While Flying Geese are not my favorite to make this block was fun and easy!!!

This weeks question…Do you display your quilts in your home?  If so, how?…Don’t we all surround ourselves with what we love?  There I go…answering a question with a question?  But really I don’t know any quilter who isn’t covering or planning to cover all the horizontal or vertical flat spaces in their home.  In my home there are soooooo many windows, so not a lot of walls space to hang quilts…so I have to think of creative ways to get them out of the cupboards & closets and into the rooms…Its an early stormy morning and I’m on my way to walk through the house to see where the quilts are…We had a wonderful day with two sewing groups with a total of 45 quilters meeting here last night so the house is nice and clean!

Starting with the my sewing room as that is where I currently am blogging to you…ok…I could have picked this room up a little better…but I know you all understand…

Then the rest of the upstairs…

Upper outdoor living porch

Guest bedrooms
The king size quilt hanging in the stairwell…Jeter..photo bombing probably wondering why I am doing this so early in the morning…lol…

living room…sorry there is not a lot of light in this room

kitchen..

master bedroom….Nick was still sleeping so I didn’t take a pic of the bed…

 

lower outdoor living porch

quilt closet- most of these are antiques I have collected over the years…You could literally spend a day in here…

Thanks for staying this long and hanging out with the quilts current in my home…

my best…

Lisa

Go see everyone blocks!!!

05
Jul
17

MODA BLOCKHEAD 18!!!

 

Boy we are rolling right along, 18 weeks/blocks already…my post is late because I was spending time with those I love…I’m on staycation..

Today’s block pattern is Carrie’s from Moda!!! I love the log cabin piecing in the center!…Click HERE to go to the Moda Blog to get the downloadable pattern…

Here is my patriotic version…I didn’t really care for that yellow put in the first scrappy block so I found the “Instant Antique” and dulled it down a bit…looks a little better now…

before…

after…If you are in need of some”Instant Antique” you can get it HERE

Go see everyone blocks!!!

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28
Jun
17

Moda Blockheads…Block 17!!!

Today is my day…it’s my third block for Moda Blockheads and lets just say….I took it real easy on you all this week…16 HSTs make up this simple block, Trial of Tears…Those of you doing Triangle Gathering SAL this will seem very familiar…BUT…all 16 HSTs are different?  So with this in mind… I did not use the Triangle Papers…Sometimes you have to do things the painstakingly old fashioned way…I actually cut my squares 2 1/2″ -cut them in half…then stitched them back into HSTs squares, and then trimmed them to 2″.  They all were perfect and it’s only 16 (32 if you are doing two blocks like I am) of them so I survived… but barely…You all know I love triangle quilts…the more triangles the better…the smaller the triangles even more better!!!  (Yes…I know “more better” is not correct…but I like the way it sounds)

So I don’t know if you will make your block using all different fabrics…a few fabrics or only one fabric…all will be very good possibilities…I used only one light as to give your eyes a place to rest in the block…but if you like all different lights that would be cool too!!!  Can’t wait to see them on FB!

Here is my scrappy version..Then the patriotic version…Here is the link for the pattern: Block17LB_TrailOfTears

Also…I don’t know if I mentioned this before but…If you press seams open you NEED one of these pressing sticks…click HERE to see the four different sizes they come in…I like the 18″ one best.

Make sure you shorten your stitch length when opening seams…I stitch about 1.5 on my JUKI.

This weeks question is…

June 28 – Do you keep a written list of your “works in progress”, “quilts I’d like to make” and “projects that have all the parts and just need to be started… planned but not commenced”?  
I wish…I have something in the “works” planning something similar to this…but more…oh so much more…but this is what I do currently do to keep track of some of the SALs” going on…The blue highlight means that’s MY block for Blockheads…Each month I list what blocks will post, and then cross them off as I stitch them…so this in not as detailed as a written list of works in progress…But I do have to confess…I almost 98% of the time finish every quilt I start…I have very few UFOs…I know this is extremely unusual…but if you think about it…I HAVE to finish or there is no pattern, no kit, no fabric to sell…means no money to pay the bills or my payroll…so if that is not a driving force finish…I don’t know what is…
So enjoy your carefree stitching!!!  And I know some of you wish you could stitch for your job…I get that…I totally get that…I also longed for it and it came true!!! Now I’m working my dream job!!! My days go by so fast…because it’s so fun and quilters like you and SALs like this make it even better…so be kind, be happy and make fun happen every day!!!
I’ll stop rambling on now…
enjoy the day and start picking fabrics for your block…
Lisa
Make sure you stop on over to see what everyone else is up to!
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/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

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22
Jun
17

Cleaned up Alternate 16

Click here to print…BlockHead #16

Here is the “pretty” version of block 16…

Thank you… to those who let me know they appreciate these alternate blocks…It’s nice to hear…I appreciate you and your comments…:)

LB

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21
Jun
17

Moda Blockheads…Block 16

 

It’s Blockhead Wednesday!….and this time hopefully I will be posting on the right day…I’m not even going to try and explain how I posted on Tuesday..instead of Wednesday…but hopefully I got my days straight now…

Todays block is no. 16 from Jan Patek!!! We all love our flag…I’m waiting to see all the “other” countries flags done…that should be real interesting…Click HERE to go to Jan’s blog for the flags pattern..

This is also super cool…Carrie has created a spot on the Moda Cutting Table Blog for BLOCKHEADS…where you can get all the blocks in one spot…I have activated the button on my blog page to also take you there if you click on it..

Now for my Flags Block…I added some embroidery stitches to my flag…Here is my Alternate block for the appliqué block…I am going to appologize as I do not have a great PDF done yet, which I will probably have finished sometime Wednesday when you are reading this…I will upload a pretty version asap…but for now…those of you who can cipher my instructions here they are:

BlockHead #16

 

I can’t believe how many people who have joined in our FB group and are making blocks..It’s pretty mind-blowing!!! I hope you have a great day…and remember to please visit all the sites to see the other versions!!!

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/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

 

 

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13
Jun
17

Moda Blockhead Block 15

Today’s  block is Jo’s– T Block……I stitched these blocks last night at Retreat with an AWESOME bunch of ladies sewing their hearts out…Its hard not sewing in your own space, so do not look too close at these blocks…

Go here to get the pattern...Jo’s Blog

 

The question of the week…June 14 – Is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?  I am inspired by so many quilters and students to name…each time I look at a quilt, I’m inspired about something…They speak to me…no seriously they do…My students are always making me think about things that could be done next time….Here’s a few that I feel have inspired me on my way to  becoming a  professional quilter in no particular order…Jan Patek & Linda Brannock…Sue Garman…Jo Morton…Bonnie Hunter…Sandy Gervais, Cheri Saffiote- Payne, Jeana Kimball…I know I probably forgot a bunch but these are the first ones off the top of my stuffed up head…Don’t know if I caught something on the plane or if the air/foliage  in CA bothers me…so I’m outa here for now…take care my friends…LB

Remember to visit all the other sites available to you!

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/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

05
Jun
17

triangle gatherings…block 42 & 43

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We had a great Summer weekend!!! Luke & Brooke & Corey were home…Jace and Lauren were over and we just had some stay at home fun..I did manage to sneak in a little stitching but not much…I have some deadlines I’m working on and then the SBOW is starting so it seems like I always have something that has to be done…but for some reason lately I will take some days off and not enter the work realm…and then it’s back to reality!!

Click here to print Block 42

Click Here to print  Block 43


 

Time to pick up my sewing room…so I can think straight!!!

Have a nice night…LB

31
May
17

moda blockheads…block 13

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I don’t know about you but are the weeks flying by fast???  I am still not caught up…ok…I might have taken a few days off over the weekend but holy cow…seems like its always Tuesday and I have to get the Blockhead blocks done!!!   But this weeks block is from Lynne from Kansas Troubles Quilters…The Bowtie Quartet!!! Super sweet!…Click HERE to get the pattern from Lynne’s blog..I made my block a little different…just added 1 1/4″ squares to the light squares by stitching across them and then pressing them back..trim away the excess and then stitch the blocks together…Here are both my versions…


I have had lots of practice making bowties with this quilt…These are 2″ bowties, so fun so cute!!!  We did this as a Summer BOW…go see what this years pieced SBOW is!!!  Click HERE

Betsy –  http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Lisa B – 
https://lisabongean.com/
Jan –  
http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Jo – 
http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Carrie – 
http://blog.modafabrics.com/

This week the questions is…What is the best tip you ever learned?  I really don’t know when I learned it but I love pressing my seams open especially when stitching little pieces!!!

I know I promised to do an alternative to block 10… a pieced version…I am still working on Jan’s appliqué block…so I’m hoping it will be done by next Wednesday…but…I did get the pieced one done…Click to print Alternate Block 10

This block again will be a little bit of a challenge but it is so worth it!!! Take your time and have some fun!!! Lots of little pieces for a 6″ block!!

Make sure you go and see the other bowtie blocks…I bet Betsy has another cool mini too for you!!!

Betsy –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

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/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/

 

 

28
May
17

triangle gatherings…blocks 39, 40 & 41…

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I hope you all are enjoying your Holiday weekend…and if it is not a Holiday weekend for you then you need to make it one anyway…as all weekends should be fun..

It’s a rainy morning here so I had a chance to sneak in my sewing room and get three blocks done…now we are back on schedule…Click here to print Block 39Click here to print Block 40Click here to print Block 41PaPa and I had “little man” for a couple of days…and boy did we have some fun…fishing….and he was reeling in his own fish by the time he had to leave..

…playing…planting flowers…well…I planted flowers while the little monkey decided he wanting his “light up” fish from his bath to swim in the water fall… we went shopping for a kiddie pool…

and when he spotted this there was no way MiMi was going to break his heart and not bring it home for him!!!

We baked “yummies” (cookies) and the went for a boat ride…well maybe a boat nap…Still a couple more days to the weekend…so we’ll see what more fun we can have!!!  Hope you “create” some fun of your own…whether in your sewing room or out with your families and friends!!!

LB

24
May
17

block 12 moda blockhead stitch along

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Click here to go to the Moda Blog to get Carries Block Pattern… – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Lots of fun making this one…it was a little harder picking fabrics on this one…so I can’t wait to see what you all do!!

Here is my Moda Designers Block using everyone’s fabrics…

Then the patriotic version…Yay…I got them both done!! but…I know I still have week 10 and one of the patriotic versions of 11 to do yet…and I worked on typing the pattern for alternate pieced version for 10 today…

May 24 –  What is your favorite quilt pattern ever that you didn’t design – as in, the one you wish you’d designed?

I love the “Swoon” pattern by Camille for a pieced quilt…I lust after that quilt…we have made many versions of it in our shop…one was even flannel…and sold many many patterns…here is one of them made with reproduction fabrics…I also love patchwork swoon”…so beautiful!

Hope you all have a great HOLIDAY weekend!!! Make sure you stitch or do something for yourself!!!
See all the other versions of Carries Block on the other Moda Designers blogs…
22
May
17

triangle gatherings…blocks 37 & 38

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I am so happy to be home for three weeks!!! before I have to go to the CA store…but that’s like going home only hotter!!!! I spent some time outside today…We have two nesting families….our Mourning Dove who am assuming is the same one we had with the old house…if you look close you can see her head….And then we have a nesting Robin…who we tried very hard to deter from building her nest, but being gone a  week,  we came home to this…      Then we have a pair of Mallard Ducks hanging around close to the house and when I tried to photograph them the wind took the door and slammed it so I did not get their pic…so it’s a very fun to watch all the bird action going on here…St. Louis was a blast…which I will be posting about this week…but first we need to catch up on our blocks….we are behind schedule a bit…so two today!!! My sewing room looks like a tornado hit it…but I can pick up tomorrow…right?  I’ll just shove the debris aside to get these blocks done!!!  Click here to print Block 37

Click here to print Block 38

So stitch these up fast…there will be more coming soon!!!

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