Archive for the 'BLOCK HEADS 2017' Category

20
Sep
17

Today is my block…Juneau…I’m so sorry…I was working on a project for a book deadline and I watching “Call the Midwife” episode after episode and I just looked at the clock and it was after midnight…so here is my block…You can get the pattern here Block29LB_Juneau
Question of the week….Do you ever machine quilt your own quilts?…Yes…just the little ones…Do you have any  advise?…For your larger quilts…Get out your checkbook and pay the professional…that’s my advise…you never hear me say…oh..I wish I would have quilted that myself…I’d rather piece or hand stitch.

Have a great week…make sure you go see everyone’s blocks…

Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look there color combos for my block…

12
Sep
17

Moda Blockheads Block 28

Boy the weeks just fly by…I don’t know if I like that or not…Time flies way to fast now… and here we are with another block…this week it is Jan’s turn again with a super cute pumpkin block… Visit her blog to get the pattern…Jan’s Blog

I wish I had time to make the pumpkin block before I left for Paducah KY, but I only had a small window of time so I did the alternative for the appliqué block…I am sure the others will have plenty of super cool pumpkins to show you so I thought the pieced block would be the best choice for those who cannot do the applique…or want an all pieced quilt.

I have to admit I thought this block was going to be really tough…but I had it all cut and pieced in 45 min. and it turned out AWESOME!!!!  I know you are going to roll your eyes at me and ask me…REALLY????? But you know you can do this…STARCH those fabrics COMPLETELY wet…let them dry naturally and then iron and cut…you will be amazed at the difference in your piecing…HERE is the pattern for pieced Block 28

This week’s question – Hand-Quilting – do you hand-quilt?  How frequently?  If so, do you have any tips to share?

Let me just say…I love to hand quilt…I still teach a “big stitch” hand quilting class at both my shops in WI & CA…I don’t do a lot of small fine hand quilting anymore…but maybe someday…when deadlines don’t come as fast!…lol…here are some photos of quilts I have big stitch hand quilted…..Like I said I have not fine quilted in a long, long, time…but have several quilts that I have beautifully done about  15 years ago, when quilting wasn’t my job…as far as do I have any tips?….I guess first if you have never hand quilted, I’d take a class…then I’d find a frame…a used one…you don’t have to buy one new…there are lots of them out there…mine is a Pleasant Mountain frame…Grace frames are nice too…ask at your guild, search on FB or Craigslist…this type of quilting shown here moves fast…you don’t want to be moving your hoop everyone couple of minutes…I have not looked at any of the videos out there to see if hand quilting can be taught with a video…I think someone needs to see what you are doing and then tell you what you need to adjust to get that needle to “rock” between those layers…and your hand without the needle has a job under the quilt…how do you show that on a video???  So I hope this helps you if you have thought about hand quilting your own quilts…I MISS and LOVE having a quilt on a frame that if I have a few blocks of time I can stitch…its wonderful…good for the soul.

 

I hope any of you affected by the hurricanes are not being overwhelmed by whatever they may have literally thrown at you…I cannot imagine my sewing room underwater, but I guess that all can be replaced…YOU are the most important and I am praying for everyone who is affected, my heart goes out to you all…

Happy Wednesday!!! LB

Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look at all the great pumpkins they have sewn for you…

05
Sep
17

moda blockheads…blocks 26 & 27

It’s been a wild ride over here in my world…I’m glad to back on track…

Here is my last weeks block and this weeks!!! If you need last weeks Cat’s Cradle block from Betsy…here is the link BLOCK 26And then for this weeks block you will need to go to Jo’s blog…for her Union Variation…

Today was another busy day…I made cookies with “little man” (after we took Papa to his Dr appt)….he is so much fun…he had to dump in all the ingredients into the mixer… maybe he will be a baker???…I’ve included the recipe… These were his Daddy’s and his 2 uncles’s favorite cookie when they were growing up…and maybe still, I haven’t made them in so long…..Enjoy!!! Ranger CookiesMake sure you visit everyones social media sites today!!!

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Lisa

 

23
Aug
17

Moda Blockheads…block 25

Twice the Friendship…by Kansas Troubles Quilters…Click the link and go to her blog for the pattern….

Hey Ya’ll!!!…This post is coming from the road….I was just in Texas…and now I am in Utah…so…I quickly made this block yesterday for today’s post…I did not follow the directions.. AND…I really don’t know how I pulled it off…because I cut blue triangles…when I should have cut squares but I made it work anyhow…just made sure the seam allowance hung over 1/4″…but it turned out GOOD ENOUGH!!!  I found a bigger iron at Joyce’s house so I kind of have the same look to my presentation…right??? lol…

 

The questions of the week is…Settings…have you thought about it?…I am stitching 1″ HST’s all around the blocks..and then I need to sash it with wider sashings for quilting…I did not think about the cornerstones yet…

Make sure you visit us all today…see whats happening…

 

I had such a blast in Texas hanging out with quilting friends- I look forward to this time every year..it is extra special!!!

I took a pano shot of the room…look at all that creativity!!  The location was Sunset Retreat.

Now yesterday…we started a retreat in St. George…lots of lovely quilters! I only took one stitching pic of the class I taught…but it’s a good one…This is Beth’s…Just Picked wool runner…but after dinner last night  we went for a little side trip…a hike up the red rocks…Joyce Weeks runs a retreat every year in St. George…#quiltstgeorge    If you can, come join in next year, I wound not miss it!!! It’s only been one day and I love the quilters and the location!!!  Us ladies should not be hiking in our flips…but that did not stop us…

16
Aug
17

Moda Blockheads…Block 24….

Today’s Block is Corn No Beans (don’t you just love that name? from Miss Carrie Nelson, it can be found here on the Moda Blog.

This was an easy block to make with  my 1″  Triangle Papers….

I am heading to Dallas and will be arriving just as this posts near midnight at DFW…Going to the Mothership and to hangout and work with some awesome quilty people!!!!  I will post some fun pics!!!

Make sure you visit us all today…

Have a Great Day…It will be even better if you stitch a little…LB

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09
Aug
17

Moda Blockhead…Block 23!!!

 

Block 23 already!!!  Why does it just seem like it was just my turn??? I just love taking simple blocks and adding to them…a simple 8 pointed star and…I added four patches in the center and the corners… Click here to print out the pattern…Block23LB_WinneconneStar

I had just enough time to do one block…but will catch up with the scrappy version later when there are not so many deadlines…we have our warehouse sale this weekend and I am teaching Tuesday and Wednesday (today)…I made them Chicken Dumpling soup tonight(this is Monday)…I hope they like it!!!

The question of the week:   What is your favorite brand of rulers?  And why do you prefer that one? 

After quilting for 20 years of quilting and owning many many rulers…I prefer the Creative Grid rulers…when I wanted to design a ruler I went to them with my idea and they were totally “onboard”…I now have 3 rulers currently with them 5″x15″, 6″x6″ and 3″x7″…why do I like these rulers?…so simple…everything is a dashed line…no solid lines…I can SEE where my fabric is…and…those 1/8″ markings…all there so.. no more counting hash marks for 3/8” or 5/8″…then last but not least…the famous built in no slip grips (see those see thru circles?) …If you need one of these  you can buy them  HERE or see our whole selection of CGR rulers HERE   I can’t cut with out them…I will soon be working on another size?  Any of you have these already? Thanks for hanging out this long and listening to me “talk” about CGR rulers, I appreciate your time and hope you enjoy making my block this week…

Go check out everyone else’s blocks too!!! See what rulers they like!!

02
Aug
17

Moda Blockheads Block 22

Hi Everyone…This weeks block is Jan Patek’s ….another appliqué blocks a beautiful birdhouse Click HERE to get her pattern …I am in the middle of about 23 things so I only had time to do the alternate block for you who are not appliqué-ers…I will be doing Jan’s block as soon as I can come up for air…

Click here for the PDF printout of this alternate Block Head #22   

I also just noticed from the photo… I need to redo that last seam… but not now…it really looks worse in the photo…why is that???? I don’t have time to fix it…and redo the photo, so forgive me on this one!!!

Question of the Week…What kind of batting do you use?   Whatever the quilter puts in!!!lol….no really…that’s what is used and I usually don’t ask…they are professional quilters who do a fabulous job!!! Sorry I’m no help on this topic…in the past my favs have been Quilters’ Dream and Hobbs…

My Best…Lisa

Please go and see everyones versions of Jan’s applique block…

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