Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #12

I write this post with a heavy heart. After going to the Dr. for a presumed stomach virus just a week ago, my Dad passed away yesterday. Tests revealed a large cancerous mass in his stomach had spread. We had no clue. By the next day, his kidneys and other organs were affected and the diagnosis was grim. Hospice was helpful in making the transition home. Dad visibly relaxed, tucked into his own comfy bed. My siblings and I gathered to care for Dad and support my Mom through this difficult time. Within 24 hours, he was gone. What a blessing that his suffering was short and he died knowing he was surrounded by love.

He was my mentor, confidant and biggest supporter of KTQ. His shining examples of character, work ethic and honesty in business and life will live on within me and my family forever. He will be missed. I love you, Dad.

Thanks to everyone who have sent messages of condolence. Quilters are the best in good times and bad. Your support is appreciated.


Please visit the other designers blogs for information on this week's block. I'll see you all again next Wednesday. 

Betsy -  http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Lisa B -  https://lisabongean.com/
Jan -  http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Jo -  http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Carrie -  http://blog.modafabrics.com/





Monday, May 22, 2017

Let's Retreat Together!

KT Winner

Congratulations to our winner this week of the Gooseberry Sampler booklet -

Sally -I really enjoy the BOM quilts & I am currently doing the Moda Blockheads - thanks for the alternative patterns! I absolutely love your Gooseberry Sampler quilt and all of your Kansas Troubles fabric! I've made several quilts using various collections & I love that I can mix & match them. Thanks for doing the giveaways!
 
You're so welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

The Quilter's Lodge / KT Retreat

I'm so excited to visit The Quilter's Lodge and Thimbles & Thread Quilt Shop in Draper, Utah September 14-16. I'll be teaching 2 workshops, plus sharing my quilts in a trunk show one evening. I'll share all the ins and outs of my unique layered patchwork technique while we create a lap size sampler quilt, plus you'll quickly finish a small project featuring my KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques. This will be so much fun!

Sherie has been a delight to work with and just sent pictures of the lodge and quilt shop. The rustic decor, the overflowing quilt shop - be still my heart!

Check out where we'll spend our days in the sewing room...

The sewing room at The Quilter's Lodge, Draper, UT.

 and the beautifully appointed bedrooms - I call dibs on this one  :). I'm sure your room is lovely, too.
Comfy, cozy bedrooms at The Quilter's Lodge, Draper, UT.


Click here to view more pictures of the Lodge and make a reservation.

To register for the KT retreat at Quilter's Lodge, click here.

Contact Sherie via email at sherie@quiltersloge.com with questions.  Or, call (801) 576-0420.
Here's more information from Quilter's Lodge.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #11


Most of the designer's participating in Moda Blockheads BOW will be in St. Louis for Spring Market as you read our posts this week. We'll leave you with a challenge to keep you busy until we return. ;)

Block 11 - Lisa's Star - Lisa Bongean

Find the instructions for Lisa's amazing star block on her blog HERE.

Kathy used the perfect red & tan from one of Lisa's Gatherings collections for her traditionally pieced block. Joy and I decided a layered patchwork version was unnecessary this week - for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I didn't have time to tackle the instructions. And, I decided this is one of those blocks that needs to be pieced for best results. Check out all of Lisa's great hints and tips, including her very handy Itty Bitty 1/8's rulers, to make this block simpler. 

Kathy's red/white Lisa's Star turned out beautifully!
 
 See all the block options at the links below. And be sure to join our Facebook group for dozens of inspiring photos each week.


Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

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/


















Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #10


Welcome to Week #10 of Moda Blockheads

Question-of-the-Week: If we peeked in your sewing room, what color fabric has taken over your stash?  

Red is a neutral in my home decorating and in my stash. All of my KT colors look better next to red. It's easy to blend across other designer's palettes for a super scrappy quilt, a patriotic quilt or something very merry for the holidays. Red - it's what's in my stash.

Block 10 - Basket and Flower by Jan Patek

We're already into double digits this week with another of Jan's adorable appliques. Seems basket are the theme lately (believe it or not, we didn't plan it). Go to Jan's blog to see her instructions HERE.

I'm sure Jan did a perfectly fabulous job of creating her basket & flower with needle turn applique. For those of us here at KTQ, fused/topstitched or wool/blanketstitched were our chosen options. (I tend to break out in a rash trying to needle turn applique.) Kathy and Joy had fun with each of their versions.

Wool w/BS (left); fused cotton w/topstitch (right)


As always, I hope you visit all the designers to see what their creative minds came up with this week.


Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

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/

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's almost time for Christmas!

KT Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our 108" wide backing fabric giveaway:
 
Dondi Murdock - I give away almost all the quilts I make so I am always behind. My skills aren't so great at putting pieced backings in the perfect position so the wide backings are fabulous for me in time and positioning!

Dondi, call KTQ at 785-488-2120 to select your 108" backing. I think you'll find it's the quality you've come to expect from Moda.

Gooseberry Sampler

I'm delighted to share that we have a few kits left for our 6-month BOM Gooseberry Sampler quilt (84" x 100"). All of the blocks have "goose" in the name to fondly remember the pair of geese that nest at our pond each year - Goose in the Pond, Geese & Goslings, Goose Tracks and Flying Geese. You can make this very merry project one "chunk" at a time along with me beginning in mid-July. We'll send the fabric for the quilt top & binding, booklet & KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques for the holly & berries for only $200 plus $20 total shipping. In addition, if you sign up now, you can pre-order the backing for your sampler quilt at the May Special price of only $12.75/yd. and not pay until December!


The Gooseberry Sampler booklet also includes instructions for a wall quilt, runner and lap quilt to decorate your home for the holidays. Comment here to win a Gooseberry Sampler booklet. Do you like block-of-the-month's? Why? Have you ever signed up for one? I'll see you in a couple weeks after market.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #9


Moda Blockheads Question-of-the-Week:

How often do you clean your machine? Or take it to a professional to have it cleaned? Does your machine(s) have a name? 
I try to clean my Bernina after a large project or any flannel quilt. Right now, after sewing for market for several weeks, it's a fuzzy mess! Lucky for me my husband took classes to clean/repair machines, so I have an in-house advantage. He'll be getting out his vacuum and brushes to give it a good once over right after market. I haven't named my machine officially, but some days, her name is MUD.

Moda Blockheads Week #9 - Jo Morton's Ohio Star 

It's Week #9 of Moda Blockheads with a classic Ohio Star by Jo Morton. Find the link to the instructions HERE.

Kathy made the Ohio Star in Jo's fabrics, traditionally pieced. Lovely job. The blues are so cool and inviting, like a summer day under a shade tree. Joy pieced her Ohio Star using my layered patchwork technique (LP) in a mix of KT fabrics with a fall look. Love 'em! Thanks to both of my ladies for their great work.


Joy eliminated 8 seams with LP (bottom block)

CLICK HERE for my layered patchwork instructions for Jo's Ohio Star.




Be sure to visit all the Blockheads this week to see what they're doing. Aren't you just lovin' Betsy's minis and all the block options!

Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

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/

Monday, May 1, 2017

KT May Special

108" Wide Quilt Backing

Do you have a couple quilt tops completed, ready to be quilted, but are procrastinating having to piece the backing? I love a pieced backing! When making the originals of my featured quilt for each fabric line, I ask my quilters to piece the backing with fabric from the collection. Most other quilts? We go for the easy fix - 108" wide quilt backing. It's the quickest way to send a quilt down the road to my machine quilter. And the best value.

Here's the breakdown: for a 72" x 84" lap quilt, you would need to buy 5 yards of 45" wide fabric and piece it lengthwise. That's about $55-60 for a quilt back. With 108" wide backing, your quilter can turn the lap quilt sideways, figuring the width plus 6" instead of the length. For this project, you would purchase 2 1/4 yds. (72" + 6") @ $17/yd. retail for a total of $38.25. Quite a savings! With our KT May Special, all backing fabric is 25% off for just $12.75 a yard. That is only $28.69 for backing for a lap size quilt! Woohoo! You save almost half over the cost of piecing 45" wide fabric.

Find KT 108" Wide Backing HERE.

In addition to saving money on your lap quilt backing, you'll have bonus leftovers perfect for a runner or two. By my estimate, that's free backing!

Here's a spectacular quilt from a KT fan ready to be quilted. She opted for 108" wide backing and saved a bundle. Her scrappy KT quilt is stunning in a picture. I'm sure it's even more amazing in person. Thanks for sharing!

The quilter who stopped by the store forgot to leave her name for me, but the pattern is "Oh My Gosh!" by Sue Garmen. Thanks for that info from several of you out there. 

She calls it the Oh My Gosh! quilt. I can see why!

Giveaway

Haven't tried 108" wide backing, or love it and want to win some? We're giving away a gift certificate for 1 yd. of KT 108" wide backing. Comment here to win. Winner posted May 8th.

Moda Blockheads

Don't miss our weekly Moda Blockheads Block-of-the-Week free patterns. Check here weekly for the link to the designer's blog for instructions to download and for my layered patchwork option. Join the FB group for dozens of inspiring pictures from our talented ladies. I'm having so much fun!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #8

 

Happy Week #8 to all of you!

Our Question of the Week - Do you pin? Alot or a little? Do you sew over your pins?

My answers - Yes, some. Absolutely Not.

Okay, a bit more explanation is in order. Yes, I pin when sewing blocks together, sashing strips to blocks or especially borders to a quilt. I never, ever sew over my pins (unless I miss one sewing like a crazy quilter and then, most assuredly, I'll break a needle). Mostly, I use a Sewline glue pen for blocks using my layered patchwork method - no pins needed. I nest my seams when piecing blocks and only pin if my intersections aren't coming out well. Ironically, the smaller the pieces in a block, the more I pin. But I've found sometimes, pinning distorts intersections, too. I just play with what works best for each block.


Moda Blockheads Week #8

Betsy chose a basket for her second block, as well. I really like all the little triangles on the handle. Go to Betsy's blog to download her Basket of Triangles instructions. Kathy made Betsy's block with 2 of her fabrics - a red background and floral print for the basket. I love her deep, rich red! It looks so vintage-y to me - perfect paired with this little doll dress from the 1900's.



 Of course, we had to simplify the block with a little layered patchwork to eliminate about half the seams for the triangles. Find my version of Basket of Triangles LP Here.
Joy's block looks just as adorable with the vintage dress done in red/tan/blue with a light background. (I've actually used a couple of the fabrics from this dress in previous fabric lines. Any of them look familiar???)


Here are the two blocks together, front & back. Joy eliminated 16 seams in the half squares with my layered patchwork technique.


Watch for our KT May Monthly Special on Monday AND a giveaway!
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #7


Moda Blockheads Question of the Week:

What's your favorite ruler? Do you have a preferred brand? Size?

I like Olfa rulers with their skinny black lines and sharp 1/8" markings. They're clear acrylic to easily see thru for use with any color fabric. I think I have virtually every size they make! Of course, I like our KT rulers & templates, too, for simple projects made quickly. Check them out at KT-RulersTemplates.


Moda Blockheads Block #7

We're into our second round of blocks so I thought I'd share something a little different. I love basket blocks! You'll see over the coming weeks, some of my fellow designers love them, too - in all shapes, sizes and techniques. I hope you'll enjoy my Penny Basket block mixing traditional & layered piecing with some fusible applique for a whimsical look. I can't wait to see what you do for your block. See you on FB. NOTE there are 2 pages to the instructions this week. Click on the highlighted link below.

Block 7 - Penny Basket - Kansas Troubles Quilters
http://unitednotions.com/Block7LH_PennyBasket.pdf





 Kathy & Joy chose similar fabrics this week to make their Penny Baskets. What will you choose?

 Visit my designer friends to see what they've created this week at the links below.

Hey, Jo, your new book looks like so much fun! It's on my must have list. Go to Jo's blog for more information.


 Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

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/


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #6

KT Winner

The winner of our red/tan/blue scrap bag this week is
Beth Esser -Love all the blocks! My favorite needle size is 70 with my favorite Aurifil thread!

Hope you find some prints that will work perfectly in your Blockheads blocks.



I'm so excited to check on Facebook each morning to see all the new, inspiring blocks you ladies are creating and posting. I used to make myself take the time for FB, but now, I check at least a couple times a day! Robert asked the other day if I was in a contest or something. My reply, "Kinda....". It's the kind of contest where everyone wins!

Moda Blockheads Question of the Week:

How do you press your seams - to one side, always to the dark, open, split?
For me, it depends on the block. I normally press toward the dark, when that works. Sometimes, pressing toward the way the block wants helps it to lay flatter. For small blocks, or blocks with alot of seams, pressing open helps reduce bulk. I really like the "pinwheel" effect in the center of a 4-patch type block, when I can get it work perfectly. I use steam, which seems to help flatten everything out, as well. We've already discussed starch/sizing. My go-to is spray sizing with steam. 

Let us know what you think in your comments on our blogs and on the Moda Blockheads FB page. 



Moda Blockheads Week #6

Block 6 - Sunflower - Carrie Nelson
http://unitednotions.com/Block6CN_Sunflower.pdf

For a Kansas girl, Carrie's Sunflower spoke to my heart. Click on the link above for her instructions, or go to any of her links below. Her blog with Moda each week is a must-read for information on all the Moda designers and their new fabric collections, featured quilt shops, new notions and her witty ponderings about the quilting world in general. Sign up today. You don't want to miss it!

Carrie Nelson/ Moda
Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/modafabrics/


Kathy's traditionally pieced Sunflower block is beautifully done in classic KT prints. It reminded me of a runner we have in the store with a sunflower blooming on each end. I really love sunflowers!

Kathy's traditional block






Block 6 - Sunflower - LP by Lynne


I couldn't resist giving this block the KT spin with my layered patchwork technique.Click on the link above for instructions. Joy's Sunflower captures the Kansas fields in late summer when a drive down the back roads is a treat for the senses.

Joy's LP version

Our first series of 6 blocks have been posted! Now you know what to expect over the coming weeks - traditionally pieced blocks with some applique thrown in here & there for variety, some blocks that will challenge, my layered patchwork alternatives, and lots of interesting options on the Moda Blockheads FB page. It's so fun to see everyone's creations. Keep it up, ladies. Great job!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #5

KT Winner

The winner of last week's 6-pack of gold fat 1/8's is:

kmcallister - My favorite thread is also Aurifil 50 wt. Have used it ever since a repair man of Featherweights told me it would be the best to use on my machine. I have purchased the big cones I love it so much.

Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your bits of KT sunshine.




Question of the Week:

What is your favorite needle size? Why? How often do you change your needle?
I use a size 70/10 in my Bernina. The size of your needle needs to be compatible with the size of your thread. Finer thread requires a smaller needle, so my favorite Aurifil 50wt. thread fits well in a size #70 needle. There's a groove in your sewing machine needle just above the eye. The thread needs to fit in that groove snugly for a good stitch. If your needle is too large, you can have wobbly stitches and uneven seams because there's too much movement in the thread when guided through the eye of the needle. If your needle is too small for your thread, it can cause tension issues and breakage.

I change my needle about every other month. I don't sew as much as I'd like, but that's about the same as piecing a queen size quilt (or several smaller projects) before changing needles. I can start to see a difference when it's been too long, especially with my layered patchwork topstitching, when the thread begins to pull or the needle seems to stick a bit. It's an inexpensive quick fix anytime I'm having stitch issues.

Moda Blockheads Block #5

Block 5 - Coronation - Lisa Bongean 
http://unitednotions.com/Block5LB_Coronation.pdf


Lisa's block is wonderful! It will inspire and challenge us to up our game and learn to work with tiny pieces. I've gotten so used to playing with precuts, that this block was a wake-up call for me, too. I went from "What-the-heck?" (and for those of you who really know me, it wasn't heck), to "I can totally do this!", to "Why don't I play with little pieces more often"? I can't wait to see all the variations this week.  

Kathy did a great job with her patriotic inspired theme using Lisa's fabrics. She sent this too cute chicken pincushion in the box with her blocks as a surprise - how fun!

Kathy's traditionally pieced Coronation Block #5


Click on the link above for Lisa's instructions. Go to her blog and follow her on FB & Instagram here.

Lisa's Info
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or
 https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or 
 https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/



Block #5 - Coronation - Lynne's LP Option

Joy used my Layered Patchwork (LP) method to simplify Lisa's block with half as many seams and much less pressing. Click the link above for my LP instructions for Block #5.

Joy's layered patchwork version of Lisa's block.




Back of Kathy's traditional block on left; Joy's LP block on right.

Comment this week for a scrap bag of reds/tans/blues in honor of Lisa's block. Share your answer to the Question of the Week on FB along with your finished blocks with #modablockheads. See you next week!

Monday, April 3, 2017

KT April Special

Our April monthly special is a celebration of spring! 

We've introduced our KT Kut-ups on several new projects and now have them especially for our Bees 'n Blooms lap quilt and Blooms Mini Table Treat. KT Kut-ups are precut fusible appliques that are ready to fuse & stitch onto the quilt background. It cuts time and hand fatigue when making a simple project like our Blooms MTT. 

Blooms Mini Table Treat

This is our first Mini Table Treat to include KT Kut-ups. I wanted to make a practice run, so to speak, before introducing a handful of brand new Mini Table Treats with Kut-ups at Market next month. On our cruise in January, over 100 quilters whipped up this charming project in just a couple hours with the precut appliques already cut for them. Our Mini Table Treats are a 17" background circle layered with a smaller circle on top, then sandwiched with batting & backing. After quilting the layers, just add Kut-ups for a delightfully easy table topper. Perfect for a fresh pop of home decor for yourself or as a gift.

Bees 'n Blooms lap quilt
Our Bees 'n Blooms lap quilt is also available with KT Kut-ups. I love the fresh flowers and buzzing bees on a Jelly Roll background. So simple, so spring! You may purchase the kit with the Kut-ups, or buy the Kut-ups separately. Click on the links to go to ktquilts.com for more information.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #4

KT Winner

Happy day to:

Cecilia - Great block! I like to use Best Press when I'm squaring up my blocks. I would love to add some purple fabric to my stash.
You're the winner of our KT 6-pack of purple fat 1/8's for your stash. Thanks for being part of our Moda Blockheads group. 



Moda Blockheads Question-of-the-Week

Which thread do you prefer?
I discovered Aurifil thread about 5 years ago and instantly fell in love. Aurifil 50wt. is my go-to thread for topstitching on layered patchwork & piecing. It is smoother, stronger and finer than any other thread I've used. It's interesting how just a little less bulk to the thread makes your seams "skinnier" and press flatter. Even when hand-stitching binding, I've found it doesn't shred and break like other threads. I'm a believer! We have a KT Collection of 10 Aurifil colors that match my fabrics, all on sale thru the end of March.


Moda Blockheads Block #4

Block 4 - Bee Skep - Jan Patek  
Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jan.patek.79?fref=nf
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jan_patek_quilts/


Jan's delightful Bee Skep block (click on link above) was alot of fun for Kathy & Joy. They saw the applique from two totally different angles. Kathy found a great stripe and added some fancy machine stitching to make her version of the perfect bee skep.  Joy pieced folded strips to create her own stripes for a more dimensional bee skep. I love them both! Click on the link below for Joy's version of this adorable block.

Block #4 - Bee Skep - by Lynne

The selvedge quote from last spring's fabric collection, Bees 'n Blooms says,
 "Work like a bee, but savor the honey".  Ain't that the truth?

Joy's block - lower left; Kathy's block - top right.

Comment about your favorite thread to win a 6-pack of gold fat 1/8's this week. Just what you need to make our strippy, scrappy bee skep.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Moda Blockheads BOW #3

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Carol C. - I usually don't pre-wash, because I like to use the pre-cuts. The layered method looks really intriguing -- thanks for sharing the additional information! I love sampler quilts, and love these blocks... thanks so much!

You're the winner of our fat 1/8's 6-pack of reds. Thanks for stitching along.




Check the Moda Blockheads FB page each Monday where I'll post the Question-of-the-Week. You can post your answers when you share pics of your blocks and see all the designers' opinions, as well.

Blockheads Question of the Week:  Do you starch your fabrics before or during piecing?

I prefer spray sizing. Starch seems to lay on top of the fabric surface and gets stiff and shiny when pressed. I like that spray sizing penetrates into the fibers of the fabric, adding body but not stiffness. It provides a crisp, sharp seam when pressing seam allowances, especially on small pieces. Best Press works well, too.


Now on to the fun stuff. Here's Jo's Four X design that creates a cool star block. Make it in two colors, like we did here - or three, for a totally different look. Go to Jo's BLOG for more fun information.Can't wait to see all of your blocks on FB - #modablockheads.

Block 3 - Four X - Jo Morton
http://unitednotions.com/Block3JM_FourX.pdf


Here's Kathy's block done in Jo's yummy prints. I just found the yarn winder recently. The colors are great together! It might turn into the perfect hanger for a tiny quilt. Love seeing all the little blocks you're showing using the cut-off triangles. So cute!

Jo Morton's Four X Block #3 by Kathy Limpic

My Layered Patchwork version of Jo's block is here:

Block 3 - Four X - Lynne's LP Method

Love these huge tailor's scissors found on a recent antique trip.
Joy recommends stitching across the purple triangle points (see below) to hold them in place. It gives a more polished appearance. She changed thread color to match the fabric on this block - Aurifil green #5013 and purple #2570. Joy eliminated 12 seams using my LP technique.

Detail of Four X block. Note stitching on purple triangle points.

My Aurifil thread blends so well with my KT fabric we've discussed using hot pink or white so the topstitching shows up better. Just can't bring myself to do it. Remember all of our Aurifil threads - singles & my 10-pack box - are on special through March 30th on our website at Lynnes-Favorite-Notions.

Back of both Four X blocks - Kathy's (left); Joy's (right).


How about a 6-pack of purple fat 1/8's to add to your stash this week? Comment here to win.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Moda Blockheads BOW #2

 KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Chelra - I plan to give your way a shot. I love learning new ways to do things. Thanks for the opportunity to continue my quilting education. 

You're the winner of (8) KT tan fat 1/8's. Perfect for backgrounds of the Blockheads' blocks.Reply to lynne@ktquilts.com with your mailing address. We'll send them right out. 
 

Moda Blockheads Question of the Week

Do you have a question for the six of us - Jan, Lisa, Jo, Betsy, Carrie and me? Comment on any of our blogs on Wednesdays with your questions about quilting, the block-of-the-week or whatever you'd like to know and we'll all respond with the answer of the week. Watch for your question over the next few weeks. We'll answer as many as we can.

This week's question: Where do you stand on prewashing fabric?

I do not prewash my fabrics. Mainly because I start with alot of precuts which cannot be prewashed easily, and because it removes the sizing that gives the fabric body for better pressing. Also, Moda's fabric shrinks so little, it's not worth the time and trouble. I try to save time quilting by not doing things that don't make a big difference.


 

Welcome back to Week #2 of Moda Blockheads. 

All of us are delighted by the positive response to our block-of-the-week. Join our Facebook group, post your completed blocks with the hashtag #modablockheads and let's see how many variations are out there! I'm trying to see and "Like" all the blocks you're posting, but it's beginning to be an all morning job! Just know they're all turning out great. Thanks to everybody stitching along.


Click here for the traditionally pieced block by Betsy.

Block 2 - Aunt Dinah - Betsy Chutchian
http://unitednotions.com/Block2BC_AuntDinah.pdf

Piecing by Kathy Limpic. Love those Betsy blues!

Just as nice on the back. Seams pressed open for fewer lumps.


Click here for my layered patchwork version.
Block 2 - Aunt Dinah Layered Patchwork Option by Lynne

KT Layered Patchwork Basics

I've read several questions regarding my layered patchwork (LP) technique on the FB group. Here are some basic guidelines when trying this method:

1. Fabric glue is perfect for holding the layered pieces in place while topstitching. Pins allow more movement, especially on triangle points. I add a dab of glue on triangle points or the corners of squares. No need to cover the whole piece. It's merely to hold the layered piece in place securely while topstitching.

My favorite glue pen is Sewline. It has a thin tip for easy application, doesn't make my fabric stiff, washes out well, and as a bonus, is refillable.
Find them at Lynnes Favorite Notions - Sewline Glue Pen.

2. I cut my layered pieces so all the exposed edges are on the bias to prevent raveling (Moda's pinked edges on precuts works well, too). A bias edge will simply soften and curl over time after handling and washing for a dimensional, primitive effect I love. After 3 rounds thru the washer & dryer, on regular wash (like a pair of grankids' dirty jeans, not like I usually wash a quilt) this is what a layered block/quilt looks like:

No raveling, just soft, dimensional raw edges that add to the primitive look I love.

Aleece's Charming Stars from Layers of Love book

3. Never square up a half square triangle again. Simply layer a triangle over the background square for perfect seam allowances every time. Since we're just adding the triangle over the top of a square and not trimming out behind, there is no more chance of a layered block coming unstitched in a quilt than a traditionally piece block. In fact, with fewer seams and doubled fabric in some places, my grankids have a hard time wearing their quilts out!

4. In the block below, I pieced traditional half square triangles for the corner units. Sometimes, it just makes sense to go the traditional route. The squares in the corners layered on top keep the unit square. Be sure to cut the squares so all sides are on the bias (on point).

5. I topstitch 1/8" from the exposed edge of my layered patchwork, but always use traditional 1/4" seam allowances to piece the block. Every time we stitch a seam and every time we press or trim a block, we've given ourselves another chance to distort or change the size. Fewer seams, less pressing, no trimming, all add up to flatter, more square and correctly sized blocks. Give it a try! 

To save about 16 seams and have much less pressing to worry about, try my layered patchwork version, pieced by Joy.

Great job, Joy!

Fewer seams, less pressing = flatter block.
Comment or ask a question this week to win a 6-pack of red fat 1/8's. Who doesn't love an assortment of good dark reds?


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Moda Blockheads BOW #1

Betsy, Jo, Jan, Lisa, Carrie & I are all so excited you're joining us in our 48-week long BOW. The adventure begins with our first 6" block, Whirlygig. Try it on for size and post your block with the hashtag #modablockheads to all your social media sites

Thistle Farm Basket

David Schulz has been anxiously awaiting Blockheads BOW by making an adorable fabric basket out of my new Thistle Farm fabric collection. So fun! It's filled with a KT starter pack and lots more. Want more info? See the note below from David on how he adapted the simple instructions for patchwork.


 The pattern is called "one hour basket" and best of all, it's free! 

It really does only take an hour if you use plain fabrics, but of course I used patchwork. 

I selected 8 squares from my Thistle Farm layer cake and cut into 3" square, and sewed together into a two grids (4 squares by 7 squares - the pattern says you need two pieces of exterior fabric 10.5" x 16.5" - I trimmed the patchwork to length when done). There were a few 3" squares left over for the scrap basket.

Instead of fusing with fusible fleece (as directed by the pattern),  I made a quilt sandwich with my top, cotton batting scraps, and a "backing" of a medium weight sew-in interfacing to give it some structure. Then quilted with some simple straight line stitching in a bright pumpkin colour.

After that, I just followed the instructions. I skipped the handles. There is a paid version of the pattern that gives additional sizes of the basket, both smaller and larger, but the free version is perfect for fat quarters.
Thanks for sharing, David. Now, on to our first block.



Whirlygig by Lynne


For my first block, I've featured my layered patchwork technique to simplify a traditional Whirlygig block. Print the instructions here & follow along with Joy below for step-by-step layered patchwork instructions. With fewer seams and less pressing, your block should be flatter and perfectly sized every time. Let me know what you think. Comment to win a bundle of (8) tan fat 1/8's for more great backgrounds for your Blockhead blocks.
 


 Block 1 - Whirligig - Kansas Troubles Quilters



Layer 2 light #1 triangles over each end of dark rectangle; topstitch.

Layer 1 light #1 and 1 light #2 triangle over each end of gold rectangle; topstitch.

Lay out layered rectangles as shown; sew together in pairs with light #2 in center.

Pairs sewn together with light #2 in the center to create pinwheel.

Whirlygig block 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square.

Back of block.
 
KT fabrics on the left stitched by Joy Johson in Aurifil tan #2326; block on right stitched by Kathy Limpic in Aurifil green #5013. They've made it difficult to choose just one!


If you prefer traditional piecing, cut twice as many of both tan #1 and tan #2 squares, then don't cut them in half for triangles. Use the connecting corners method to stitch diagonally across the squares, press toward the corner and trim.



FYI

Here's a list of the 6 participating Moda Blockheads for your reference. I'll have a link to each block here every Wednesday.

Lynne -
Blog - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KansasTroublesQuilters/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lynnektq/

Betsy -
Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/betsy.chutchian
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betsy_chutchian/

Lisa B -
Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primitivegatherings.quiltshop/ or https://www.facebook.com/lisa.bongean
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lisabongean/  or https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_quiltshop/  or  https://www.instagram.com/primitive_gatherings_ca/

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/




See you next week when Betsy will show us her first block.