Moda Block Heads Block 6 & 7

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Thank you all for the much needed prayers for Nick and I during this difficult time…It’s funny but with his first surgery we were scared to death and asked for lots of prayers as we needed all the help we could get…then with the second surgery we decided not to bother anyone and just try and fly under the radar with it and let life go on…then we encounter all the complications…I again asked for your prays and it all gets better real fast…so if that is not a testimony that prayer works I don’t know what is…

Today’s block is Spin Cycle from Stacy lest Hsu-Click HERE to get the pattern.  th.jpegStacy is the Moda designer that makes those cute little cut and stitch dollies…I loved teh mermaid…so adorable…I hope you spend some time at her blog reading and discovering more about her and her business..th-1

Here is my Spin Cycle block…IMG_3630and if you are very observant you will notice mine is spinning in the opposite directions…which is “ok”…most of you would not have noticed…

then here is the family so far…it’s so hard to capture the real color of these blocks…the one above is too blue…these are too dark…the navy is reading black on my screen….but I also know that all of our color setting are not the same so…that is why it is nice to see fabric in PERSON if we can…IMG_3632Since I did not post Betsy’s block last week I am sneaking that in here as well…”Path through the woods” I think was the name of this block…IMG_3628It is funny but I think this pic really show’s it actual color the best so far….this block was a stunner!!! I love it…of course it might have to do with the fact that I am totally in love with those three sided shapes the most…If you need the pattern for this block HERE is the link to Besty’s block 6 post. She actually has a tutorial there for this block and I actually pieced it the exact same way….with cutting the bigger triangle larger and trimming them after they are stitched on.  Betsy is an original Block Headth-3

 

We love her fabrics and patterns and carry them in our Primitive Gatherings shops…Primitive GatheringsCA

So… now I am caught up for the moment…but I can tell you right now that I was able to leave and attend the ReStore and Quilt Stock events in Dallas where we will have shop owners and consumers retreats back to back this week and next…so next week’s block may be late for me…It’s Jan’s block and an applique one…I have not decided yet if I am going to do the applique one…I will make my decision while I am here…

Nick was doing very well and he has lots of care takers at home making sure he follows  his doc’s orders, and that nothing crazy happens, which it won’t becaue of all those prayers…I would love to be home taking care of him but I MUST work to be able to pay all those doctor and everyday bills….when I make a commitment I follow through…life goes on…and I would not have left Nick if it was not possible.  I also am going to admit here that I need a break back into normal life…my stress level needs rest…I needed to stitch these blocks and do what I love and that is to teach this awesome art of quilting…

Last night…after a flight to Dallas and some set up we were treated to a chocolate making class with Kate Weiser ….We made these fancy BonBons…they were works of ART!!!  Lots of work/love go into each and every piece…I will gladly PAY for them than make them, but they are worth every penny…and I learned a few things about chocolate, ganache and coconut butter and lots of other things…but this girl was humble, funny and just a joy to take a class from…if you wish to order them…I would wait to until Dallas is a little cooler… I received these for Christmas one year from Moda and they were amazing!   I think I may have one (ok maybe two) for breakfast!!!IMG_0258 2

IMG_9692IMG_3659IMG_4822IMG_2217 3IMG_6684IMG_9462Thanks Carrie for thinking of this great “break” from all the work to come and the before prep it takes to pull of a crazy awesome event like this!!!

Make sure you visit all the other blogs to see their blocks!!!

Have a great week Block Heads!!!

Betsy Chutchian

http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

 

Brigitte Heitland – Zen Chic

https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/

https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

 

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/

http://littlemissshabby.com/

 

Jan Patek

http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

 

Jo Morton

http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

 

Laurie Simpson

https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/

http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

 

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

http://www.lisabongean.com

https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

 

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

 

Me & My Sister Designs

Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

 

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

http://www.aquiltinglife.com

https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

 

Stacy Iest Hsu

https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

 

https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson

http://blog.modafabrics.com/

 

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Assessing my situation…

Is anyone like me?…All has to be sorted, put away…cleaned up…re-organized to I can peacefully do my work?  I think I am almost there again…It’s been 6 weeks since my hamstring injury…so time to get back to moving on a regular basis also, that has also been hanging over my head.  I tried to get out this morning with Jeter…but the rain drops were too large…the sun is supposed to come out later today so I switched gears and made my Moon Garden Vidieo this morning that was long over due..but it’s hard to nail down Nick to help…and then I need to be in a state of being videoed…since that was not happening I just got up…put on my work out clothes, scratched that (rain) and went up to the studio….Nick came to kiss me good-bye and I said…wait…let’s get this video done..so no- make up…didn’t even comb my hair and we shot a short little video…as I wait for it to be loaded into Facebook I am writing this…so here is what’s going on in my world..

Twilight Garden- 6 blocks finished

Summer Freebies- All done..need to think about finishing…

Star Studded Event- Working on Week 3…(this is what I need to work on and maybe do a tutorial on how I stitch my little flying geese…)

Row by Row starts tomorrow??? Need to finish up pattern TODAY!

BlockHeads II post needs to be done…

Block Heads edits for Martingale due June 26th

Finishing up projects for our September Outer Banks Retreat- everyone wants to know what we are making!!!!

Quilt Stock/ Re Store need some attention…what am I bringing to sell?…Each designer gets   10 things?

I am designing the WI Shop Hop Fabric!!! Just sent back strike-offs…I love it!!

Deadline for Star & Stripe Gatherings Fabric- Projects due July 14th…Fabric release is Jan/Feb

Working on a few ruler projects.

Triangle Gatherings finished quilts are starting to arrive for photography…

Launching Wool Mystery Box and Mini Quilt Mystery box…every other month/6 installments. Time to start designing and working on these projects ..

Now you are all up to date with what’s on my plate at the moment…along with some other new additonal products…like…

Primitive Gatheirng Wooly Mats!!!  That is what the photo on the top is really all about!!!

We must have purchased a ton of these so they contacted us and asked if we wanted to do custome sizes…they must have been reading my mind because….I was thinking I have a “big board” ironing board…and I wanted the whole thing covered!!  We also wanted to be able to give you great pricing on them!!!

For us Quilter’s these pads help us create perfectly press seams.  Heat is trapped in the pressing pad and then radiates back up to the underside of the fabric therefore, effectively ironing both sides at the same time. The wool fibers of this pad hold the fabric to minimize stretching while ironing. Stretching often happens with half-square triangles.

This dense wool pad is ideal for blocking your wool applique or embroidery or yarn projects as they can be pinned directly into the wool pad. Because there is some “give” to the wool surface, when ironing embroidery projects there is less chance of losing the dimension to the embroidery, while not flattening the threads or knots.

The main reason I wanted my whole “big board” ironing surface covered for when I was pressing quilt rows and whole quilts…I did not like the lumps and bumps of only having  a 17x 24 mat…and then…If you don’t have a big board ironing surface what the next best thing?  20×20 wool pad…so I can press my whole wool applique blocks and not have to move them…and then we also have the 12×12 travel or mini size if you doing some pressing by your machine…I did not spend the extra money to round the corners..I did not this mattered for the extra $$ it would have costed.

Our prices on these items are way more reasonalble then the others out there on the market…Our 20×58 is only $95!  20×20 is only $45 and then the mini 12×12 is $18…HERE is the link to our site to order!

I know some of you have orderd the wooly mats we sold at Christmas time and now maybe it’s time to another OR maybe you were on the fence…I can’t wait to be pressing, now!!!  Time to cut round 3 and starch round 4 of Star Studded Event!!!

Also Amy, my assistant is having some Oral surgery today and will be out for a time….Let’s send her some Facebook love today!!! Here FB is Amy Wichman Hoefler

Have a great day!!! Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Gathering of Stitches Retreat…CA

The best thing about retreats…. the people.

Getting the opportunity to hangout and get to really know a person is better than all the quilt fabric in the world… making friends is priceless and when you attend a retreat this happens…

I just spent a wonderful 4 days with a bunch of awesome women… whom I will miss until I come back in August and then November…here are some pics of our fun!

Betty had lots to share…finished PG designs … Tomorrow’s FlowersSomewhere in Time….Among Friends..Deb shared a finished Sue’s Stars…Deb is really a lot happier than what I captured here…loland Snow Dancethen Traci showed a fabulous Nancy Rink design… sorry I didn’t catch the name if it…she also had My Crazy Life almost done as well…Susan shared a few wool finishes… NEST is a single pattern now but was also in the out of print Summer Gatherings book which you may have already and then Geranium Baskets

Cindy finished a few projects she sent home with me to frame plus this Everday Crazy Mat that I helped her attach the bias binding to finish it up as well!!!

Here is another great PG quilt… Whirlwind Flight…with our signature HSTs…We only have the pattern listed right now for this but I bet we could make a kit if you wished…Karen is almost finished with it!!! …

Then we had some new projects we worked on especially for this retreat…

This is one of the new Welcome banners coming out in November…We will be putting up Pre Orders for them soon…here are the others that I showed in my Quilt Market booth in Portland OR…I do not try to show you things you can’t have but here is a peek!  Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter…these kits will come regular and Pre-cut/fused for those who love that and have some difficulties cutting and tracing…when you pre order on our site it charges your card on the spot…so I think it’s a little too soon to be holding your $$ that long…They will be $38 for the precut/fused kit/pattern, background and binding- and less for the non precut with pattern.

Then Star Penny Mat was super fun and easy as all the circles are precut/w/fusible!!!someone is working Moon Garden!!!  Look for those patterns here on the blog…search Moon Garden…this is our FREE stitch along going on right now…

We had about 30 women which made a nice cozy group.. if you want to join us in November 25-29th in sunny southern CA..please call the shop ask for Dru and she can send you the info… 951-304-9787 or email… primitivegatheringsca@gmail.com

Hope you enjoyed our “retreat”…LB

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Finally….my Block Head Block!!!

I know…I’m late to the party…but I got my crap together and here is my blockhead block!!!  The pattern is posted on Lynne’s blog and in the Moda Block Head Facebook group in the Files.  If you have not joined it yet…just ask and we will get in you into the group and you can see all the inspiring blocks…
I’m thinking I want fabrics that would look good in one of Joanna’s Fixer Upper houses, I am going to Waco this summer and I am getting excited!!!…So I am going to have this nice medium grey as the constant in every block…and then use creams, greys, light, medium and dark blues…Here are the fabrics I have picked…and yes, those on the left are wovens…36 Fat 8ths…if those wovens are starched there is no problem using them and there are so many wovens in my antique quilts that I must put them in!!! They are laying on the contant grey main fabric…and then I tossed in a charm pack for a little extra variety…the problem…I only have about 20-25 of those charm packs…We are going to offer this bundle of fabrics as a kit until the charms run out.  Then we will figure something else out if we have to…and to sweeten the deal…if you purchase our kit…we will send you an Auriful Thread FREE! That’s about a $14 dollar value!!!  The kit is $100…thats 36 Fat 8’s for $54, 5 yards of grey yardage $35 and then the charm pack for $10!  Pretty good deal I think!!! Plus the thread!!!  ORDER KIT HERE

So if you are stuggling on what to pull from your stash…or you not happy with what you have picked out OR you just didn’t start yet….this will make it much easier on you!!!

Here is my plan…

Also..I have used this new ruler…for the folded corners…It’s the mini, which I love to handle much better than the first one…If you didn’t buy the first one…I think this size is the only size you need…unless you are making quilts with huge pieces and I guess I do that sometimes…especially with my flannel…so now that I talked that through I feel better that I actually have both…Here is the ruler..and how I used it…If you NEED this ruler click HERE to purchase it…Then just stitch this for the units in the block….make sure you change the direction of the 2nd units…

MAKE SURE… you go and visit ALL the other MODA designer’s Blogs or Instagrams….They are all AWESOME!  The blocks will all be different and super cool…you can familiarize  yourself with the new gals before they post!!!  ALL for now…Lisa

Betsy Chutchian

http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Brigitte Heitland – Zen Chic

https://www.instagram.com/zenchicmoda/

https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog/

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

https://www.instagram.com/corianderquilts/

http://littlemissshabby.com/

Jan Patek 

http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/

Jo Morton

http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/

Laurie Simpson

https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/

http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

http://www.lisabongean.com

https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Me & My Sister Designs

Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

https://www.instagram.com/meandmysisterdesigns/

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

http://www.aquiltinglife.com

https://www.instagram.com/aquiltinglife/

Stacy Iest Hsu

https://www.instagram.com/stacyiesthsu/

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/

Carrie Nelson

http://blog.modafabrics.com/

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It’s time…

It’s time to start blogging again…Since Quilt market and before I’ve been in a “funk” for lack of a good word…I think it is because my world had too much going on and that had to be done and my sewing room was a complete MESS!!!  When that happens I cannot function properly…so on Thursday I stayed home and sorted through the carnage of what was once my beautiful sewing studio..and have sifted, sorted, organized my way back to the calm that it should be…and now I can begin again…now I can start sewing again…Are you like this or can you stitch in the eye of the storm?Piecing 1/2″ x 1″ finished Flying Geese units…to these 20 2″ finishd star blocks…in just a short time…

Also…had some “little man” time…introduced him to his first “margarita”…I also found the time to get the garden planted with some annuals…flea market find…perfect old cart…

notice the new “barn quilt”

can’t wait to see them grow…

Inside I have a few things I have not ever shown you…my “anchor collection” in the lower outdoor living porch…the photo is taken through the window screen so it appears fuzzy…but I spend a lot of time in this room Spring through Fall…

then…I placed this tulip quilt near the front foyer…Theresa’s Tulips is the pattern…Next up…I’m on my way to CANADA to Lindsay ONT, which is 1 1/2 hours NE of Toronto.  This is my first time to Canada!!! I am super excited for these ladies love Primitive Gatherings and have supported me all through the years… I have met them at our WI store, our retreat house “The Gathering” where some of them have stayed, in CA at our store and at the Needle Arts seminar at the Grand Hotel in MI in May when I teach there and at quilt shows.  I especially love them because they are so similar to myself…we talk pretty much the same way and we live a life of lots of cold weather…the also means we get lots of quilting done!!! So if you live near Toronto…come see me next week…contact Chrissy Altelaar on FB messenger to see if you can come!

 

 

 

Let’s Sail Away!!!…this one is a doozy…

Well you have been asking…and this opportunity came up and we had to jump at it……Miami to Rome….14 days!!! We will have lots of time on the ship…we decided it is going to be a UFO cruise…we will have lots of stitching time…and I will be there for “help” you with your projects…we have the whole conference room again!

But here are the details… and FYI I think it is half filled already-a lot of the cruisers from our last excursion have re-upped…so do not hesitate…call that “special” person and get them to take a trip of a lifetime with you!!!

Best thing….super reasonable rates for the cruise…the highest priced room is under $100 a day…all rates are double occupancy…..we are also working with a travel agent on flights back home or you can book your own…but you could easily spend another week in Rome if you wish and come back when you are ready…so seriously think about this…plus..its less than a year away!!! Yay!!!

Here are the big details…the stops….

more details…Making Waves Registration Form

So this is a good place to share some of the pics from our last adventure!!!As you can see we had a big number of ladies to have some fun with!!!

Leaving the port…at Cape Canaveral…Cocoa Beach FL

First off…some sewing on Monday..all our kits were  precut so we got the the stitching very fast…

then some adventures on Tuesday…Labadee, Haiti

then again on Wednesday…In Jamaica…we got off the ship and “hired” our own guide…He took us to where he would eat…to a fishing village…church…school…and then the beach to relax and have a message…

back to stitching fun on Thursday…

Friday…Cozumel…Mexico…where we again…got off the shipped looked around…I found a native WI working and asked him what we should do…rent a jeep was the answer…we had a blast…but first on all…the jeep was a manual transmission…no problem…we all could drive one…he said first time ever he rented a jeep to women and all of them could drive the “stick”…he says…”only Wisconsin girls…even thou one of us was from UT…we’ll just let that slide…but the JEEP had no gauges…didn’t know how fast i was going …didn’t know if there was any gas in it…so it was quite the adventure…plus side…we had an escort showing us where to go…we seen ruins..climbed up a lighthouse (Yay Joyce-you did it!), we ate, swam and found sea glass at the beach…then we went tequila tasting…and let’s just say it was not what I suspected…First they make you a margarita…(now I know why they do this… so you will buy everything)  then on to the tasting…BUT is was just not tequila …they had flavored tequila’s!!! Came home with 4 bottles…Tequila Cafe…which is like Baileys….Guanabana…which is some sort of awesome fruit…Pina Colada- pineapple flavored and then 14 yr aged tequila – this was not like the tequila i know of…but very smooth…this will be for a margarita on the rocks this summer…I am sure your supposed to sip this…but…

Those of you who know me know I am not a “big” drinker…so for me to buy 4 bottles…yeh it was good…but then after all that…you get in the jeep and drive home back to the ship…it was a very fun day to say the least…

Carlos is looking GOOD…I think they all were named Carlos!!! no joking…

So lets just say there is more to life than just staying home and stitching…Come on…Let’s GO!!! I promise we will stitch too!!

Saturday…sea day…more stitching…and finishing!!!

This is Karen…she might have been my star stitcher…just because this was here first time with wool…she finished the star mat and look how far she got on her Rose quilt???!!!! I hope she got off the ship at the ports!!!

then there was Barbara….whoa!!!! Look at this woman stitch!!! She was my SuperStar!!!

I had her show me a bullion knot…I think I made her very nervous…sorry, no need for that…but hopefully when I try it I will at least have a better idea of what to do then what the diagrams show!!! Thanks Barbara!!

So at the end of the trip it is sad…to have to say good bye to all the new friends…I loved just listening to SallieAnn and Samatha & Amanda talk….they are all from the UK…I had coffee with Steve (Liz’s Hubby”) one morning…after my ship walk- we talked about Harley’s…I tried very hard to see the sunrise every morning…

I also loved spending time with Lexie a lovely 11 yr old lady( Heather’s daughter)…we were buds…she was my mini golf teammate…and we ate dinner together every night…sometimes all fancied up…boy she could look much older and pretty…Keck (Dad) is going to have to beat them off of her….I look forward to watching her grow up!!! I am determined she is going to love to stitch if I can help it…

Then there were the canadian ladies…uh hum…you know who you are…they were so funny…I am quite quiet and shy (lol)…so it was fun just to be around all these ladies…

There were the FL girls…major belly laughs there too as well….and there were groups of women from NE almost as many as from WI…but they came from near and far…and I loved getting to know them more and more…some we will see again in NC in September…but there are lots of opportunities now and will be in the future as this is way too fun not to do again and again!!!

Have a great Saturday and get ahold of those girls from Olde Green Cupboard and sign up…you will not go with a better group. (double pinky swear).

time to stitch…LB

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