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24
May
17

Block 12 Moda Blockhead Stitch Along

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…
17
May
17

Moda Blockheads…Block 11

Hey Everyone!

Life is crazy right now for us Moda Designers…getting ready for the big dance.- Spring Quilt Market…we are traveling to St. Louis and Oh what fun we will have now that all the work is done….well maybe a few bindings yet…but no big deal…

I was lurking in our Moda Blockhead Facebook group earlier this week and lets just say it was very interesting…I want everyone to be happy so…

So for those who do not want to bother reading a lengthy blog post here is your block pattern..

Click the following link for pattern for block 11 Block11LB_LisasStar   I have not hidden it way back in the bottom of the post…so no one should not be able to find it this time…lol..

For those of you who want to “hang out” a little longer  the rest of the post if for you…I know you all appreciate what we do and understand that we just want to have a good time…so this week I have made Lisa’s Star for you..  as I was finishing up quilting my mini’s last night I thought…I hope we have a week off from Blockheads as they all know we will be up to our necks getting ready…so I was looking to see who’s week it was …OH CRAP!!!…it’s MY week!!!!!! So out come the fabrics and here we are making a block at 11pm..

Here are those fabrics I picked…from the designer pile…I will make the patriotic block when I get back…yes along with Jan’s basket block…so don’t feel bad I’m behind too..

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I’m going to use my 3/4″ triangle paper to make this go fast and painless…

Here are all my parts cut up…and I stitched up those HST real fast…

Making the pieced triangles for the FG…sorry for the dark pic…remember it’s late..

Add the other dark triangle…

Layout all the block pieces..

I then stitched the FG…then the pinwheel center and then stitched the side FG to the pinwheel center…and then added the top and bottom rows to the center after I stitched the row together…

Here are my notes as to what to make/cut

I can’t wait to you all of your blocks!!!

This week’s question…Of the quilts you’ve created, what is your favorite quilt pattern ever?  

You mean…I have to pick one?  I like all the quilts I have created….but If you make me choose one of my
“children” or the other…I would say…my favorite pattern is appliqué…so..Words to Live By…is very special to me…It was the last quilt of mine that Lance (my oldest son) dyed the wool for…we worked on it together..all the fabrics were my Moda fabrics….and my dear friend Linda Hrcka quilted it-she entered it in Paducah and it won a ribbon!!!  So can yo see why it is my favorite???  Note it also has lots of HST Triangles!!!

 Linda and I in Paducah!!! 
See all the other versions of Lisa’s Star on my Moda Sisters blogs…
10
May
17

Moda Blockheads…no block 10 from me…

Click here to go to Jan’s Blog for block 10 instructions and an appliqué tutorial…I love this simple flower and basket block…

I am so sorry I have not had a chance to finish on Jan’s block…I have the appliqués cut out but had not had a chance to hand stitch them…All my free time is spent working on my market designs…as my fabric arrived just a few days ago…but I guess to make up for it….I can show you how I am setting my blocks at least so far what I have done..I am adding a large outer star to each 6′ block using fabrics from all six of us…If you want the measurements they are 7 1/4″ square cut in half twice for the large triangle- 4-3 1/2″ squares for the corners and then, 4- 3 7/8″ squares cut in half once for the triangle points.Blocks measure 12 1/2″ at this point.

I also am making 1″ HST for my Liberty Gatherings blocks…and then will do 2″ stars for cornerstones with light sashing…I am stitching in the Gerald R Ford meeting room at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island MI…Don’t you love this carpet with the stars and the red,white and blue???…and …perfect place to show you my blocks…I will finish Jan’s basket block and make an alternative pieced block when I get home…after all the market stuff is done…we are making great progress…but then this happened…we have to fussy arrange and stitch the four patches…for the cornerstones…otherwise this would have been done except for the borders…Amy is here with me being the pressing queen, starch goddess and stitching in between running a little store here while I teach every day….Thank you for understanding my situation up here… trying to teach 5 days of classes…then evening events and then stitching late into the evening after dinner on quilts for market in St. Louis…we leave on Tuesday next week…yikes!! Time to get to bed…last class tomorrow…will post about classes and fun up here at a later time too…can’t wait to see your basket block..keep posting them…Make sure to visit all the blogs…

Lynne –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Betsy –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Jo –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Moda –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

My Best….Lisa

25
Apr
17

Block 8 Moda Blockheads

Today’s block is from Betsy…go to her blog to get the pattern…HERE

This is going to be the lame-est post …I am in Paducah, and just pieced this block pretty much in the darkness of my hotel room after a long fun day vending at the show…but here it is…I don’t want to do the patriotic version here under these conditions so I will post that later…thanks for understanding…Hope to see more of you this week!!!

 

Make sure you visit the other designers blogs to see what they have done for you this week…I know it will be much more exciting then my post today!!!

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/

19
Apr
17

Block 7 Moda Blockheads

 

 

Today’s block is designed by the famous Kansas Trouble lady…Lynne…I know I have a tub full of her fabric…when I started quilting it was my favorite!!! Then as you evolve as a quilter our preferences expand and expand and before you know it you love most everything!!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN FOR LYNNE’S BLOCK…It is in RED on her blog page also…

Because I am making two sets of blocks…. I made an alternative block for this for my pieced quilt…

yes this is a PDF   Cutting for Winged Star

You need to make 4 Flying Geese units for the small star block

Star block will measure 2 1/2″ at this point…about the size of our thread spools…lol..this is a new color I just got…

You will need to make 10- Red HST and 14 Navy HST.  I have shown you earlier how to make these…I strongly suggest triangle papers and they do not take any time at all to make…I know some of you use different methods…but ALL of them take sooooo much longer to make…and then your trimming them to the right size and so on…just try the papers once…just to say you did…I know you may have to spend some money for them…but time is money…and your sanity is worth something also…AND it would be super NICE to support my efforts in doing these extra blocks that are not appliqué…ASSORTED TRIANGLES paper can be purchased here…these are multiple sizes that I may be using throughout the year for these blocks.

I know some of my followers will leave comments about how the HST Papers have made a big different in their quilting…we also have Triangle Gatherings on Facebook and my blog here…again…tons of fun join in…we are 30 blocks into 90 for the year!! Now back on track…

Stitch the HSTs together into four patches

Into rows…

and then the rows together…

 

Here the back for how I pressed seams…

Question of the Week…Rulers…

I definitely have a favorite…because I have designed them for Creative Grid-the best rulers out there…with that no slip grip!!! But my rulers have all dashed lines…nothing solid…you can see your fabric at every point which is essential to accurate piecing, if you cannot cut accurate, your stitching will not be either!!!

Also…did you ever cut 3/8″ when you really needed 5/8″? all the 1/8″ marking are marked on these rulers…along with the white and black lines for dark/light fabrics, these rulers are the awesome!!! 3×7 and 6×6 RULERS here and 5×15 HERE …We are also working on one more size!!!

So that’s all I have for you today…Make it a good one, and make sure you do see everyones blocks!!!

Lisa

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/

12
Apr
17

Block 6 Moda Blockheads

 

 

I am on the road again…posting from a bed that is not mine…tomorrow I will be back home.  It’s hard to do blog posts when your not at home on your own computer…doing blog posts from a tablet is the pits!  So this is the reason for the skimpy post…But it is so much fun to be able to share my blocks with you all!

 

Block 6 sure was fun!!!  

Sunflower by Carrie Nelson…a tiny bit of appliqué…I have been using the Appliquick method of needle turn appliqué lately….I made one block scrappy and other pretty basic…Here are my two versions of Carrie’s block:

 

 

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO GO TO CARRIES BLOG POST FOR THE PATTERN…

Moda –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Then hop on over to all the other designers to see what is happening on their blog…

Lynne –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Betsy –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa B –
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Jo –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Moda –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Qustion of the Week~Pressing: Pressing to one side vs. pressing open.
Clipping seams: I know this is something Jo has taught for years. Clipping seams so they can be pressed in different directions, parts pressed open, etc.  

Pressing for me is all about distributing the bulk…I worry about this mostly in small blocks…In larger blocks I might only press the last row seams open…but in little blocks I will press more of the seams open.  I do not however ever press HST seams open…especially if using triangle papers that have 1/8″ seam allowances.  These are not ever too bulky in my opinion…So because I press open I do not clip seams…once in a great while… but it is not my norm to clip seams…

I find that there are many ways of doing things and what may work for some others may not prefer it…so a lot of what we are questioning is about personal preference mostly than what the right way or the wrong way…but isn’t it fun to see what other prefer to do???

Thank you for the cool block Carrie! I love this little collage Carrie had on the Moda Blog last week so I stole it, as I did not have any extra pics to post this week!!!

Have a great Wednesday and have a blast making your Week 6 Sunflower block!

My Best

Lisa

05
Apr
17

Block 5 Blockheads

Hi Everyone!!!   Sorry for that pre-mature posting on Monday…As I was working on the post I slid over the publish button on the way to press the preview button and it posted!!!! YIKES…so please forgive me…for the sneak peak…

I’m so glad you stopped by to visit today…I love teaching…so hopefully you might learn a thing or two here on this post…I’m going to do my best attempt to “teach” you how I would stitch this block…it is very different from the directions given…the block directions were done to be uniform throughout the year, there is nothing wrong with them.. there are many ways to ” piece” fabric patches together and know what works best for you is part of the process…so after 20 years of doing this and I don’t know how many quilts I have made, but I want to share with you how I made my block..

Starch your fabrics!!!  Read this post with pictures on STARCHING your FABRICS.  This is a MUST…DO NOT skip this step if you don’t already to it…I’m also not just using a light mist on them before I iron them like you would on clothes….  Just try it this once and if you do, you will starch from here on out!  So simply completely saturate your fabrics with heavy faultless starch…let them air dry…Iron them when they are completely dry…They will be nice and stiff…and they are ready to be cut into your pieces for your blocks…Today’s starch is not made from cornstarch…so no worries…

Ok…now to the good stuff…you need to cut your pieces accurately…this means being able to “SEE” what you are cutting…I have designed a few rulers with Creative Grids…they are called Itty Bitty Eights…see how I labeled the 1/8th inches and see how everything is a dashed line?  No solid lines on my rulers…I want to be able to see my fabric and not just guess where it is lying under a solid line… Makes a lot of sense right?   Rulers for sale here…  3″x 7″       6″x 6″    5″x 15” Creative Grids are the best rulers!

Here are the lights all cut…

Here are the darks…I purposely didn’t cut one of each square so you could see they were all squares first…then triangles…

Now I will be  making my HSTs with my  Triangle Papers…They are sold HERE    They will make perfect HST’s…I promise..if you follow the directions…Triangle paper method is NOT paper piecing…Paper piecing the paper stays in until the block is completely done…this is not that…we will easily remove the paper before we stitch them to another fabric.  I know a bunch of you are doing the Triangle Gatherings blocks…so this will be a piece of cake for you!!! If you want to know more about Triangle Gatherings go back on this blog and read the posts starting in January…

Now enough chatting time to get to work…

Layer A & B right sides together…

 

Shorten/lower your stitch length on your machine…I usually stitch at 2…move it to 1…this will make the paper come off much easier…

Stitch on all the dashed lines…

Until they are all stitched…

Trim on all solid lines…

I trim the outer lines and then start on the inside ones…

Trim until everything is cut…

Stack them in a pile…

Turn them over…now onto the ironing board…

Press them to the dark triangle…

Keep pressing them on top of each other…I call this chain-pressing…

Now this was tricky to photograph…I am trying to rip the paper off and take a pic at the same time…lol

I hold my thumb nail in the center of the skinny strip before the stitch line, while I pull the triangle paper forward and pull it away from the middle close to the stitching…

So because I could not get that picture and hold on to my phone at the same time…I am hoping you can figure it out, then remove the skinny piece left after ripping the triangle…

Clip all the dog ears…notice there is only one and the seams are 1/8″…

Clip them all…now they are ready to stitch…but first we have to make the flying geese units..

Now stack the light and dark triangles together for the Flying Geese units…I prefer this method to flip and sew (like in the directions)  I do not like the waste and they are not always perfect…

Because of the stiffness of our fabric, because we starched them it is very possible to run these through the machine…now I also have a machine that the feed dogs are nice and close together…this also helps with tiny piecing… Use an leader and ender if you have wider feed dogs…

Lay the dark triangle onto the light triangle…

and repeat for the larger FG…

Press the one side and then repeat or the other side…

Press FG units toward the dark triangles…Clip dog ears…

Layout all the units…

Stitch the HST with the squares…make 4 with blue and one red…

Layout the block again and stitch the center star into rows…

Press in opposing directions…

Now we have to pin the rows together…make sure to peak to see that they are lined up perfectly…before pinning…I do not pin directly into the seam…this make it move…

Now I pin from the left pointing to the right…just shy of where my stitches will be…I do not have to remove my pins if I pin this way…see where my pins are not directly in the seam, this will make sure they don’t shift? Use fine silk pins…not those big long nail pins…the photo below is blown up…

Stitch..

Press row seams open

shown here…

Layout again….Stitch together into rows…

Pin if needed.  If they match perfectly I don’t pin…If you have a baggy seam…pin the ends and put the baggy seam down against the feed dogs…it will evenly feed the “extra” in…

Press row seams open again…Oh..I almost forgot…see my pressing stick in the photo below?  That bar keeps the iron from messing up the other seams when pressing the row seams open…It’s awesome, we all need one!  Get yours HERE!  They come in three sizes…6″ for little blocks, 18″ for any size block  and 45″ for long rows..

and then one last steam press and look how awesome the block is…It measures 6 1/2″ at this point.

Here it is with it’s friends!!!

 

Another view…

Here is the PATTERN file for the Block5LB_Coronation-2 click to print…

Here is the modified version I just showed in this post Cutting Instructions  (These are different than what is on our printed pattern above.)

Also here is my “primitive” version…I can’t show you all my blocks…because I started adding to them…for finishing…that will be another post…soon….my friends…

This week we were supposed to talk about needles…well…I almost strictly use the 75/11 for everything when it comes to quilting…I change my needle about every 5 bobbins…I alway start with 5 bobbins…when I have to wind more…I change the needle… and clean out my machine…brush out any fuzz bunnies hiding in there…

WHEWW… this was a long post…until next week…now go forth and be not afraid of the tiny pieces….and actually they are not small until after you press then they look small!!!

Notice I got the block number right this week!  Yay…small victories!!!

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Thank you all for visiting and for sharing your blocks on our FaceBook group…Until next week…

See how the other designers made their blocks!!!

Lynne –
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Betsy –
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa B –
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Jo –
Blog – http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Moda –
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/




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