Moda Blockheads 3 - Block Two and A Special Birthday

January 22, 2020

Block 2.  It was fun and fast, not quite as challenging as the first block.  Block 2 is brought to you by Sherri at A Quilting Life, instructions here.
12" block. 
 I stuck with the same fabric groups...Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and Little Gatherings by Lisa Bongean and Off White Bella Solid. I love the soothing feel of the colors. Looking forward to making this a quilt!

Now the block is comprised of 12 half-square triangles. You can pick your poison on how you want to make them. The pattern also provides a method. If I was making one of the smaller sized blocks, especially the 4" that Lisa Bongean is doing, then I would use triangle have to really...or commit to going crazy. :-) However, since I am making 12" blocks, I went with making my HSTs a bit oversized and then trimming them down using the Bloc-Loc ruler.

I love these rulers for HSTs or Flying Geese blocks. The size I needed was 3.5" unfinished HSTs. There is a ruler that is that exact size, but I prefer to go with the ruler a size bigger.
I just find the 3.5" markings on the ruler. I find I have the best results this way because my HSTs stays put under a bit bigger ruler as I am trimming the excess.
I use my pinky finger and thumb to help keep my ruler in place. No teetering or sliding around. That seems to work best for me.
I trim 2 sides and then rotate my block around and trim the remaining two sides.
I end up with a perfect 3.5" HSTs. Again, I have starched my fabric, air dry completely then steam iron PRIOR to any cutting. Makes the fabric so easy to work with. The blocks end up accurate and not wonky.
I always use a ton of steam when I am pressing blocks too.
I love my wool mat for pressing. My current favorite iron of choice is the Velocity. A friend had one I tried at a retreat and I fell in love. I have had it nearly a year and so far, so good. I do not leave water in it overnight. I also have a smaller wool mat for quick pressing right next to where I am sewing or to carry blocks to my larger pressing area.
Last, but certainly not least, it is my baby girls' birthday today! 19 years old! This is their first birthday we are not spending with them as they are away in their Freshman year of college and busy doing college-y things. :-) We will celebrate on another day. Those of you that have been here from the beginning, may remember that when I started here they were in elementary school! 4th grade...time flies! I thought I would share a few pics from their Senior pics taken on a few of my antique red and white quilts.

I have seen many friends joining in on the Blockhead fun!

Moda Blockheads 3 - Block One

January 15, 2020

Welcome 2020! Once again, I am trying to start the new year with a new blog post. I have decided to jump on the Moda Blockhead Train and join on the Moda Blockheads 3. Sounds like such fun! I am new to this except for I quilted Lisa Bongean's version of the first Blockhead sew-a-long here. If you are also new to this (late to the party like myself), I will give a quick and by no means detailed explanation, but basically a group of Moda designers design one block a week and post instructions to piece the block. You can choose the size block and setting...I believe. I think this round of Blockheads is 56 blocks. I am thinking this will help me post more frequently here. :-)

Friends, if you have been reading my blog, you know I love to piece as much as I love to machine quilt. Sometimes I struggle to find time to piece my own things, but when I do, I enjoy it so! So I decided to go with 12" blocks for my quilt.

Not sure what setting I will go with yet, but I am guessing I will have a king size quilt when I am finished. I opted for Lisa Bongean's fabric of Urban Farmhouse Gatherings cuz I just LOVE the fabrics and a bundle of Little Gatherings, also by Lisa Bongean. I have been saving (coveting) my bundle of Little Gatherings for just the right project. I think this fabric line may be 10 years that considered vintage yet?? lol

Today is the first day of Blockheads and the first block with PDF is designed by Corey Yoder here
There is also so Moda Blockheads FaceBook Group, a wealth of details in the group.
I think the block went together easy peasy.
I love the combination of the two fabric groups.
Now, I prepped all my fabric first with a healthy dose of starch prior to today.
And I added Moda Bella Solids in Off White to my fabric mix (background).

 I always starch my fabric wet, air dry and then iron with steam on a good wool mat. Like the ones available here. 

I am looking forward to every Wednesday when a new block is posted on the designer's blog! And keeping this blog up to date on what I am up to. I hope you will all join in on the fun. Cheers to 2020, Friends!

Wool Box

February 28, 2019

February never feels like a short month until it is the last day of the month. That is how I always feel, anyways. Anyone else ever feel like that too?? Did any of you sign up or receive the new subscription Wool Box from Primitive Gatherings? It is FULL of goodies (wool projects, thread, candy, recipes...and so much more) and fun! I love receiving happy mail! One of the wool goodies included was a stack of 5" wool charms. My girls and I made some wooly heart bowl fillers.
Perfect for February decorating! 

The box includes oodles of goodies. I plan on prepping Forest Friends mat for an upcoming trip. That is what I love about these wool projects, they are so portable! You cannot see it, but there is a pincushion kit too that you can use with a ruler box included. I have already put the ruler box to good use on my longarm cart. It holds all my partially used magnetic bobbins.
 Wooly hearts were easy to make. I just picked out the 6 wool charms out of my pack that I thought would work best for hearts.  I will save the green and black charms for something else. I guess you could make black and green hearts too if you wanted (chuckling).  I printed a free printable heart template off the internet. I then traced it on a leftover Moda 5" charm I had in my stash. 
Stitched the hearts on my sewing machine, being sure to leave an opening for stuffing. Girls stuffed them with leftover batting (no shortage of that here).
And then we hand whipped stitched them up. Easy and fun project to make with the wooly charms. 

You can order your wool box from Primitive Gatherings here. I think I will use the hearts for Christmas and summer decorating with red, white and blue as well. I am looking forward to making the rest of the projects in my box.

Quilt Hangers

February 20, 2019

I received many messages, emails and comments inquiring about how I hang my quilts outdoors. I now have them listed in my shop for purchase here. Yay! They are easy and inexpensive. No holes, nails or adhesives required!
I use a yard stick in-between the hooks to hold my quilts, but anything similar would work. I use yardsticks ALL the time! I am fortunate to have an abundance of them from my Father-in-Law's business before it closed years ago. 
In addition to my quilt panel, I also have my quilt called Sample featured on my porch, pattern by Carrie Nelson. Using two mini charm squares from Moda. I custom quilted using my QP templates and rulers. It is winter and this quilt will only hang in February, I am not too worried about sun's Michigan...I haven't seen the sun in days! Plus on this side of the porch is a bit more protected from the outdoor elements.

Description of the hangers:
A set of two outdoor vinyl siding hooks for quilts and more. An easy way to decorate with your quilts outdoors without damage! Designed exclusively to use with vinyl siding.
-a set of two stainless steel hooks.
-made in the USA.
-holds up to 12 pounds.
-no holes, no nails and no adhesives required.
-instructions included on package
Easy Installation-
1. Rock hook between vinyl siding panels. May need to wiggle it a bit to get the hook in.
2. Once in place, you can start decorating.
***If purchased with a ruler/template order, we will refund the shipping charges back for the entire order for FREE shipping.

Looks like another winter storm is coming through for us and many others. Stay warm and stay quilting. :-)

Love Grows

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! So I have a new found love for pre-printed quilt panels. The reason...I love to use them on my front porch. I love to hang quilts out there, but unfortunately because they are exposed to the elements (as you can see from the snow on my hydrangeas), it takes a toll on their appearance.
 Hence, a quilt panel is perfect! They are cute and inexpensive. Typically I add a border, quilt it up, binding, hanging sleeve and viola...I have an almost instant quilt that I can decorate with and it won't break my heart if it suffers from the outdoor elements!

Love Grows panel is from Deb Strain's line of Love Grows line of fabric from Moda. Perfect for February.
I machine quilted the pattern hearts and flowers. Normally,  I am not a big quilted hearts and flowers quilting kind of gal, but it just matched this perfect! I used another leftover Moda fabric in the border from one of Alyssa's quilts and a leftover backing from another quilt for the backing.

I used Innovatech Thread on the new favorite, Magna-Glide prewound magnetic bobbins and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

In honor of Valentine's Day, I am offering $14 off any order of rulers, templates or DVDs of $75 or more by using the code HEARTS on my website here.  *Offer excludes machine quilting as that is already on special. Discount good through Feb. 17.

I think I have blogged more in 2019, than I did the last few years. Cheers everyone!

Valentine's and Red and White Quilts

February 13, 2019

Okay, how stinkin' cute is this quilt??
Seriously. And it was fast and easy to whip up! So much so, I made THREE!
I had a gift exchange recently and it worked out perfectly! I machine quilted them all up at the same time on the same backing which worked out great! Pattern is a freebie called Box of Chocolates from Temecula Quilt Co. here.
The machine quilting pattern, I thought was a great complement to the design. It is called Clamshell Bokkusu. Speaking of machine quilting, I received a few questions regarding it. If you click on any one of the patterns here, all the info on pricing and such comes up. Also, you can find the info under INFO/Quilting services here.

I typically leave the red and white/valentine's decor up through the month of February.
I do not think I'll ever put my red and white snowball quilt away. Thats a year around quilt for sure!! Pattern for snowball quilt that I loosely followed can be found here.

Since after Christmas, I have a mix of spring and red and white.
The Love pillow case is from Amazon and the H pillow is from Kirkland's.
The red and white quilts stay around all year pretty much, I just move them around. :-)
Red and white antique quilts. You can never go wrong there! Look at all those tiny hourglass blocks. I think they finish at 1"!!  And that square in a square block quilt has 2" blocks! I feel fortunate to have stumbled across those quilts!
Even a little nine patch hangs on my front door.
Much as many in the US, Michigan is experiencing all of Winter. I think the girls have spent more time at home than in school since returning from Christmas break. Snow and ice have been nearly a daily occurrence. Still my hydrangeas look good...wink. :-)

Red and White Snowball Quilt

February 11, 2019

I have had a red and white snowball quilt on my quilt wish list to make since like forever. Finally, I did it!
I started in February 2018 after Temecula Quilt Co. posted a scrappy snowball a-long, I decided to make mine scrappy red and whites. I could not be happier with how it turned out!
I still need to add the binding. :-) I tried to make blocks here and there throughout 2018 with a goal of having it finished by Christmas. Well, that did not happen. I knew it was a lofty goal, but I was determined to not allow this to become another longterm UFO. So, I set my next goal to Valentine's Day, which I have all but made sans the binding, which I can deal with.
 If you have followed me on IG or FB, I have posted pics of progress here and there.
Progress on my design wall. It was awesome when I was vacuuming my studio and I blew half of my blocks off...or not.

-I machine quilted on my Innova using the Sunrise Clam computerized pattern. I do offer computerized machine quilting at a special price here.
-I used Superior's Omni thread on the top and Magna-glide prewound bobbins. Batting is a ton of leftover quilt finishes at about 73.5" x 73.5".
-I made my quilt 18 blocks across by 18 down. 324 blocks total, 1620 pieces!
-I tried to use fabrics from my stash and scraps, but I did buy a few fabrics to add too. Naturally.
-It was a fun project to work on! Mostly now I like to just stand back and admire it. lol
Now to get that binding on!