Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #24 - Corn, No Beans by Carrie Nelson

WooHoo - We're halfway there :)

To go to Moda's website to download her pattern
click here.


This is a great addition to the blocks, Carrie.
Maybe we should have called this the "Moda Tiny Triangles Challenge"
I love, love, love the way they look and they make me very
glad that I mainly do appliqué.
And I really really like the way the 6" appliqué blocks 
and the 6" pieced blocks look together

Moving on to blocks done with a Charm Bundle 
instead of teeny, tiny triangles


This is Pumpkins and Pinwheels.  
It's on sale this week for 15% off.

You can go to my website to get it by clicking here.

 I almost forgot about answering the question.
Yes, I have decided on a setting.
There will be an 18" center applique block, 6 " blocks, some 2" sashing, more blocks, a strip with stars, more blocks. 
I can't wait to get started on it but I need to leave the blocks free for photography. 

Now lets go see what the other ladies did with Carrie's triangles


Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #25 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #23

Winneconne Star
by
Lisa Bongean


Pretty awesome Lisa, as usual.
To download the pattern for her block
you need to go to her blog by clicking here.



September Fest 2017

We're moving right along through the year and here at 
Jan Patek Quilts, besides making 6" blocks,
 each months Mystery Quilt block and getting quilts ready for Market 
we're getting ready for our 2nd September Fest Open House- September 22nd & 23rd.
We're right down the road from Missouri Star so on your way to or from their
Birthday Bash, be sure and stop by.  Or just come by on your own.
It's only August and we're just getting started but I have designed the free pattern (above)
that we'll have for everyone who comes by.
Keep a watch on the blog for more information as we get in gear.



And now for the winner of the Blockheads Quilt Kit.
The Random Number Generator picked #65 and if I didn't get lost and count wrong
I believe the winner is "retired12".
If you would get in touch with us at janpatekquilts@centurylink.net and give us your snail mail information we will send your kit and hanger.

And now lets go see what the others did with Lisa's block.


Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #24 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #22

I finally have a name of my latest Wallhanging/Throw kit.  
This is Autumn Glory named by Lyn.  
Lyn, if you will email us at janpatekquilts@centurylink.net 
and give us your snail mail information, etc. we will get a kit out to you.

There were lots of great names and if I use any of the others for a pattern, I'll send you a free pattern.

 

If you didn't win, you can still purchase a kit by clicking here.

And I know you all are really ready for your 6" block
so click here for the pattern.
It probably says "Block #4" but it's really Block 22 - It's just my 4th block.


I've decided to do a picture tutorial on all of my blocks.
Since I had all my blocks done before we started that means making another one.
Sooooo - I figured I might as well
quilt it and put it on a hanger.
One for the bigger quilt and one for the wall.  :)



We start out as usual drawing the patterns on Freezer Paper, cutting them out and ironing the paper to our fabric.  Then cut out of fabric with about a 1/4" seam allowance.







 Baste under both sides of the pole for the stand but not the ends.
The top end with go under the stand and the bottom end is in the seam allowance.



Then baste under the stand.


Cut your 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" background piece, 
fold it into and finger press it to mark the center.



Fold the pole piece in two and sew it in place.


Sew the stand in place and baste under the sides and bottom of the house.
Set the roof in place so you can position the holes correctly.


Cut out the freezer paper hole and then cut the fabric about 1/4" to 3/8" larger.


Do a running stitch around the outside of the fabric.  
The paper will probably come off which is fine 
because it will go on the inside anyway.


Place the paper circle inside,


 pull your thread tight and do a stay stitch.



Now sew the holes in place.


Clip the inside of the curve on the roof in 3 places.  
1 clip makes a point, 3 clips make a curve.


The inside curve on the roof and the bird as well as the points on the bird and wing are covered best in my filmed tutorial which you can watch by clicking here.
I would really suggest watching it, especially if you're somewhat new to appliqué.


Applique the wing to the bird and embroider it's eye using 2 strands of cotton floss.
Baste under the bottom of the bird so you can be sure where it sits on the roof.
Then applique in place.


Since I was going to be hand quilting my little block, 
I cut the back out behind the house and the bird.


I put my back in my hoop, laid a piece of batting in place
and pinned the block to both.
Then I stretched it and quilted it.


 I cut my binding strip at 2" instead of 2 1/2"


and sewed a little sleeve on the back.


 I like it so much I decided to share.
So make a comment, any old comment, and I'll have the random number generator pick a number next Tuesday night and send the winner a little kit, including the hanger.  I'll announce the winner next Wednesday with Block #23.

I had so much fun with it that I think I'll back up and make a little Mini Quilt for the 1st 3.  I won't do a full tutorial on them but will just post the finished one when I post one of the pieced blocks so be watching my blog for a chance to win a kit.
Now to find little hangers that go with the blocks.  :):):)

Lets go see what the other ladies did with my little birdhouse.


Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #23 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #21

Flying Geese Variation 
by
Jo Morton


To get to Jo's Blog and download the pattern
click here.

The question for today is
"Do you put labels on your quilts?"
Mostly.
Definitely if they are going someplace without me - like to a trunk show, etc.
I try to get labels on all of the quilts before we leave for Market but sometimes time just gets away from me and they don't get labeled.  By the time we get home and are unpacking I'm usually on to something different - different fabric, different quilts - so they may not get a label put on.

Years ago Moda asked some of the designers to design some labels and they printed them.  I have a bolt of labels that I'm slowly going through.  
They come in very handy. :)  And my sandpaper board makes writing on them a breeze.


This is my quilt without a name.  It's the July Kit for my Wallhanging/Throw Club.
The quilt is 42" x 56".
We're getting close to the end of July and I still can't think of a name for it.

Sooooo................
I decided to  pull you all in on it again.

Come up with a name for me and put it in the comments either here or scroll down and put it in the comments for my post last Monday.  
We'll pick one and announce it next Monday-July 31st.  
It will still be July :)

To order one (and a sandpaper board if you need one) click here

Now, lets go see what the other designers had to say about labeling and what they did with Jo's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #22 of the Moda Blockheads BOW. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

A NAME - A NAME

My Kingdom for a Name!
Actually a Kit :)

This is the July Wallhanging Kit. 
It's 42" x 56".
We're getting close to the end of July and I still can't think of a name for it.


Sooooo................
I decided to  pull you all in on it again.

Come up with a name for me and put it in the comments and we'll pick one 
and announce it next Monday-July 31st.  
It will still be July:)  

Be sure to come back this Wednesday
for Block #21 of Moda Blockheads.

See you then.




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moda Blockheads - 20

Devil's Claw
by
Betsy Chutchian


To download the pattern for her 6" block 
and see her mini 
click here.

I can't wait to see her mini of this one.

Ok the question for today is

"Do you wash, clean your quilts?"

Mostly "no".

This is Homespun Stars - the quilt that is on my bed right now.


It's 104" x 104". 
I fold it down every night so it doesn't get pulled and Elizabeth doesn't sleep on it.
It was in Country Quilts for Your Soul which is now out of print so I'm thinking of releasing it as a pattern as soon as I can find time.

The only quilts that actually see a lot of use are the middle sized ones like 


Spring Has Sprung.

They get used on my lap in the morning and evening when I sit and stitch so they do need washing occasionally.  I always use the gentle cycle and warm water and then dry them on the clothesline in the shade.

I check them both before washing and after drying for any needed repairs and make them immediately.

Now - lets go see what the rest of our designers have to say and what they've done with Betsy's block.



Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #21 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Block #19 of Moda Blockheads

Night Flight
by Lynne of Kansas Trouble Quilters



And the question for today is
"Do you display your quilts in your home and if so, how?"

Well, of course - that's the primary reason I make them.

This is what you would see today if you walked in the door

"Flags of the American Revolution"




If you had come a couple of weeks ago you would have seen

"Lilac Hill"
 The wall in the foyer is where my big, not bed size, quilts hang.   The quilts change with the season.
My 20 year old grandson hangs them by climbing a ladder that leans over the steps.
We attach the quilts to a board painted the same color as the wall and hang the board on the wall.
We used to pin the quilts to the wall but that got old quick.


Then, if you go into the living room, there's my chair which always has a quilt on it
as well as the desk with the Tablestand quilt.


And of course, usually I'm working on something.


The couch has a "throw" sized quilt on the back as well as quilted pillows to match the season.
And my baby bulldog Elizabeth who is 7 months now and growing up quickly.


In the Master bedroom the quilt changes with the seasons also.
This is Homespun Stars and has never been released as a pattern.  Since the book it was in is out of print, I'm thinking of redoing it as a pattern.
Each star has a different season and it is huge.


And in the younger grandkids room (they come and stay every other weekend)


Midnight Clear is on the bed.
Here it was with the "Snow Guys sham".  
Now it just has the red pillowcases but I liked this picture better.

Anyway, yes, when you come to my house you know a quilter lives here :).  There will be different quilts as the seasons change but they will be there.

So, now back to Lynne's awesome block.
To download the pattern, go to her blog by clicking here.

And then lets go see what the other designers said about displaying their quilts and see what they did with Lynne's block.


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #20 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Block #18

Rocky Mountain Puzzle by Carrie Nelson
made out of my Coral Bells fabric line.


To download the pattern go to Moda's blog by clicking here.

Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July :)

The question for today is 
"Do you sew and stitch every day"

Answer
"Yep.  I get up in the morning, put the coffee on, take the dogs with me when I open the chicken houses so they can do their duty, feed the wild birds, the inside birds and the dogs, light my candles and sit with my coffee and sew for at least an hour.  I listen to my devotion CDs and stitch and get ready for the day - every day.  

Then at the end of the day, after the dogs and I take our walk and after the chickens are shut up in their houses, I sit and stitch for at least another hour while my husband watches TV and I listen.
I find applique calming and enjoyable.  It helps me get ready for a good nights sleep by soothing away any issues or turmoil the day may have brought.

Now lets go see what the others have done with Carrie's block.


Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #19 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #17


Trail of Tears
by Lisa Bongean
made from fabrics from my 
Castlewood (Cream)
Hawthorne Ridge (Barn red)
and
Fern Hill (moss)
fabric lines.


To download the pattern for Trail of Tears click here
and to go to Lisa's blog for tips and tricks click here.

And don't you just love this little block stand I found in the Ackfield booth at Market.  I think it's just the thing to showcase our blocks before  they go into the larger settings. I ordered some then and there.  To get one of your own click here.  

Now to back up a couple of weeks and answer a question or two.
"Is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?"  
She's no longer with us but my friend and cohort Linda Brannock's quilts always inspired me and got me thinking.
We would start with an idea and she would say "and then we could....", and I would say "yes and then we could"..... and the ideas would jump back and forth and build geometrically instead of in a straight line.  We truly designed some wonderful quilts together.
I miss her.
I have worked with some major designers and have had great times and great quilts working with them - and no one else's mind clicked with mine the way Linda's did.


And speaking of outside influences - my latest Tablestand was inspired by Anna Coselli who
made her Moda Blockhead Beeskep Block this way.  
I emailed and got her permission to use her Blockhead idea in my summer Tablestand 
"Birds and Bees"
and am sending her a kit.


The Tablestand quilts have a front and a back so you can put them where they can be seen from both sides.
You can order one by clicking here.

Now let's go see what the other designers have done with Lisa's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #18 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moda Blockheads # 16 - Me again -

Two Flags


I'll give you the link to download the pattern in a minute but first I want to tell you that there is a mistake in the directions.  They tell you to add 1/4" seam allowance except to the poles and the red stripes.  No -- the poles and stripes need 1/4" seam allowance too so please forgive our "oops".

With that said you can download the pattern by clicking here.


First we need the background for the stripes and the field and we need one pattern and one pattern reversed.
So cut two pieces of background fabric and place them with the wrong sides together.
Iron your freezer paper template to one piece of fabric and cut out both background with about 1/4" seam allowance.
Draw around the template and remove it.


Place the second piece of fabric on the sandpaper board, turn your template around


and hold it in place while you draw around it.
Now you have both flags ready for stripes and "fields".

Both the stripes and the poles are 1/4" finished.
If this was a larger block or there were more of them, I would definitely use a 1/4" Clover Bias Maker.
They aren't just useful for bias but for stems, flag stripes, poles, anything that you want a nice straight edge on.  They come in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" too.
Straight edges are really sometime more difficult to applique than curves.
To see my tutorial on doing stems, etc. anything with straight edges, click here.



But.... since a whole lot of you won't have one, lets figure out another way to get our stripes and poles done.


The backgrounds are about 2" wide and there are 8 stripes in all. 
So - giving ourselves some fudge room, cut a strip of red 3/4" x 17", 
 fold it in thirds lengthwise, and press the heck out of it.



Now cut two strips the width of the background and two slightly shorter.


Applique in place.


Cut out your "field" and appliqué in place.


And since the flag is so small and bulky I cut out behind the "field".


And since it's so bulky, I baste under the whole flag before appliquéing to the pole and the background.
As an aside I cut the poles 3/4" x 7" each and folded them in thirds like the stripes.  I trim them to size later and turn the bottom ends under when appliquéing. 

I hope you have as much fun with them as I did.  
It's quite a change for me to be doing things this small.

Now lets go see what the others have done with the flags.


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #17 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.