Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #16

KT Winner

Thanks to all of you that commented about your favorite Mini Table Treats w/Kut-ups. How fun to see which ones you like best. That inspires me to work on more for winter and holidays.

Congratulations to our winner of all 4 new MTT patterns:
mangozz - I would have to choose Songbirds. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Please send your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com. Robert will ship them right out.

Moda Blockheads Question of the Week:
How many "works in progress" do you have? Will you ever finish all of them?

Honestly, I don't have alot of unfinished non-KTQ projects. For business, I have 4 projects currently in the works (already started stitching), with several more on the drawing board. But, we're between markets & fabric lines, too. I am obsessed with collecting the other Moda designer's charms and mini charms. I buy a couple 1/2 yards to coordinate with my favorite charm collections. I hope to make a small project each winter and summer but usually finish in a day or two once I start.

What a great excuse to hunt for cool advertising boxes at antique shows

...or metal file drawers for minis.

Long term, I'm making a Christmas log cabin quilt from the pattern Prairie Christmas, adding a few new blocks each year from my latest Christmas group. I love how they all go together and it's a history of KTQ Christmas fabrics. 



And finally, my long-time-now-retired-piecer-and-friend, Lois Sprecker, and I have been planning/making a spider web block using every fabric in the line for each block for the past 16 fabric lines. It's almost ready to be set together. I'll share when it's done.

I have found there are two types of quilters in the world - process and product. There are quilters who have dozens of projects going at any given time, enjoying the process of cutting, piecing, and playing with their fabric, switching from one quilt to the next, in no hurry to finish. I am a product quilter, partly because of my job. My favorite quilt is the one I'm binding, because I know it's almost done. With so many deadlines, I really have to be a product quilter, but I still enjoy the long term projects as well. This BOW has reignited my passion for starting something new. But, I can't wait to get to the end to see it all come together!

After that VERY long answer, let's get to this week's block. 

Moda Blockheads Week #16
It's the time of year when I yearn for red, tan, and blue all over my house. Jan's flags are perfect for July 4th and all summer long. I can see this cute block framed or enlarged for a pillow topper. Add a checkerboard border for a small table topper or wall quilt to mix in with your other red/tan/blue collectibles. 


Joy made her block with wool on a KT star background, while Kathy chose a dark red background for her fused flags. The wavy stripe for the body of the flag is one of our new Gooseberry Lane prints - perfect!

Go to Jan's Blog to find the instructions for her adorable flags.
Check in on the other designers to see what they've done this week -

Thanks to the tech savvy mind of our very own Carrie Nelson, we now have one place for everything Blockheads on the Moda website. For the official list of all the Blockhead blocks to date, go to:
Moda Blockheads Gallery

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #15

Question of the Week:

Is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?
How can I pick just one? At every quilt market, quilt show and guild show 'n tell, there are so many wonderful examples of creativity and ingenuity, I'm constantly inspired by all the quilters around me. However, if I was pressed to choose one outstanding person in the quilting world, it would be Barbara Brackman. Her vast knowledge of antique quilts and fabrics is awe inspiring. I follow her blogs to learn more about the vintage quilts I collect and the fabrics I search for to create new fabric collections. It was always a treat to visit with her at market and hear about her latest research project/book. 

Blockheads Block #15

This week's block is the T Block by Jo Morton. I've always wondered why this block was so popular in pioneer days. Were there alot of people with their last name beginning in "T"? Was it a block created for the Temperance movement? Probably a question for Barbara Brackman.

Find the instructions for Jo's block below.
Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Kathy made our traditional version with Jo's collection in pink and cream prints. Check out the new book I just received. Simple Friendships has so many great little quilts. I have a couple picked out for summer stitching. This looks like another winner by Jo Morton and Kim Diehl. 




Joy made the KT Layered Patchwork option. I like that she used a different light print in the center of the T's for contrast, creating a churn dash on point. It gives the block a whole different look.


To find the instructions for my block, click here:
KT Layered Patchwork Option - T Block by Lynne


Here's the back of both blocks - 


There are some fun patriotic blocks coming in the next few weeks, just in time for July 4th. Don't miss a week of Moda Blockheads!  

Monday, June 12, 2017

NEW KT Kut-ups

Mini Table Treats featuring KT Kut-ups

I've been playing with our KT Kut-ups this spring to make a few small, easy projects featuring our precut fusible applique packs. I hate to admit, it's kinda getting out of hand. I started with a couple of my 17" round Mini Table Treats, and just couldn't stop! It's like eating chips, just one isn't enough.

My Mini Table Treats (MTT) are so fast, you'll be whipping down binding in less than 3 hours.
1. cut circles
2. layer with batting and backing; quilt
3. position KT Kut-ups precut appliqes & fuse in place; topstitch
4. bind

Seriously, it's that easy!

As for the options, with the precut fusible KT Kut-ups ready to go, one Mini Table Treat turned into a cute pillow topper, then a pillow sleeve, but if you don't stitch the pillow sleeve into a tube, you have a great sized table topper, so, that prompted a runner with the applique on both ends. Whew! Let me show you what I've done.

Spring Day MTT pattern w/4 options- $5.00/KT Kut-ups $19.95

Spring Day is bursting with tulips and a sweet butterfly with a few buttons for fun. One pack of Spring Day KT Kut-ups has all the pieces needed for any of the projects, except the runner (you'll need 2 packs). They're so fast to whip up, I'm making pillows and table toppers to match for my favorite chair and end table.

Here's another favorite for spring & summer - Songbird. I love the simplicity of this one. (My Mom loves birds, so check that off the Christmas list.) It's the perfect backdrop for a bouquet of fresh cut flowers or glowing candle.

Songbird MTT pattern - $5.00/KT Kut-ups $18.95
I'm partial to the 4th of July since my birthday is the day after. Dad used to tell me everyone shot off fireworks to celebrate my birthday. Even just last year. After almost 60 years, he still thought he was hoot. So, Liberty is my gift to myself and to all of you to celebrate America's birthday.

Liberty MTT pattern - $5.00/KT Kut-ups - $19.95

When my new Harvest Hill fabric line arrived before market, I couldn't resist a little fall in the mix. Here are the Harvest Hill MTT and options - something for every home decorating wish. Don't you love pumpkins and cattails?

Harvest Hill MTT pattern $5.00/ KT Kut-ups $19.95
 I have more new Mini Table Treat plus options coming out through the year. Watch for a Christmas version next month, then who knows? Any requests?

Comment here to win one of each of the 4 new Mini Table Treats patterns. What's your favorite?



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #14

The weeks are flying by! I can't believe we're already more than a quarter of the way through our 48 block marathon. I'm more and more excited each week as I see you post your blocks on FB with quirky and creative twists. I anxiously await seeing the interesting variations you'll come up with for settings for your projects. I'm working on mine, a little at a time, and will show you my idea in a couple weeks.

Block #14 - Square in a Square by Betsy Chutchian

This week's block is one of my favorites. Find the instructions for Betsy's block at the link below along with her delightful little blocks. Aren't those too fun?

Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

For those of you playing with my layered patchwork method for your blocks, click  HERE  for my my optional instructions. 

Here are both blocks - traditional piecing on the left; layered patchwork on the right. I'm having fun with my new Christmas collection, Gooseberry Lane. The new charm quilt, Joyful Wishes, was within reach so I used the back of it for my background. See the front below. Now available - patterns and kits plus our Gooseberry Sampler 6-month BOM. 



Joyful Wishes charm quilt from Gooseberry Lane

 Comment to win a Joyful Wishes charm pattern.

Watch for new Market releases on Monday, then another Blockheads BOW on Wednesday. See you then!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

KT June Special

KT June Special

We're Crazy for Minis this month. Mini charms, that is. We're offering my Crazy for Minis booklet, kits and mini charms 20-25% off.

Have you seen my layered patchwork technique and wondered if it was for you? Would you like to try this simple method using mini charms? Now is the time! 

Crazy for Minis booklet - retail $12.95/sale $9.75
Crazy for Minis kits - wall quilts & runners - under $30 each
Mini Charms - $3.00 - while supplies last


KT June Special - Crazy for Minis
 
 
 Here are a few of my favorite projects featuring mini charms from the Crazy for Minis booklet.
 
Autumn Sky (35"sq.)


MC Sampler (30"sq.)

Summer Breeze (27"sq.)

Christmas Geese (13"x35")
 
Comment before June 17th to win a Crazy for Minis booklet.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #13

Thank You

It's been a tough week. Your kind words of encouragement and support have helped a great deal. Heartfelt thanks to you all.

And now, back to my therapy - quilting.

Moda Blockheads Week #13

Question of the Week: What is the best tip you've ever learned?

Use the best quality tools available (advice from my Dad, who was in the lumber business for decades and has the tools to prove it) and, when it comes to 1/4" seams - consistency, consistency, consistency. These words of advice have served me well over the years. Consistent 1/4" seams come with practice. Who doesn't love that? All the more reason to sew, sew, sew.

Block #13 - Bowtie Quartet

Here are Kathy's & Joy's Bowtie Quartet blocks. Joy preferred a bit smaller "knot" for her bowtie opting for a 3/4" square (top right). I like both options!

Click below for my Layered Patchwork instructions.

Block 13 - Bowtie Quartet - Kansas Troubles Quilters


I've had several requests over the past few weeks for a traditionally pieced option for my blocks, too. Ask and ye shall receive! Click on the link below for traditional piecing instructions that use the connecting corner method for Bowtie Quartet.

Block #13 - Bowtie Quartet - Traditional Option



I also need to get caught up with last week's Layered Patchwork instructions for Carrie's Puzzled block. So fun to see all of your blocks on FB!
 Block 12 - Puzzled - Carrie Nelson 

Kathy's traditional block is on the left; Joy's LP block is on the right.


Visit all the designer's blogs to see what they're up to this week!

Betsy's Blog -  http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa B's Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
 

Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/

Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/
 

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!