Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #20

Question of the Week:

Do you wash/clean your quilts? If so, any special tips to share?
As usual, I can't give a straight "Yes" or "No" answer (drives my hubby crazy!). If it's a quilt to display in the store, no. I like the crispness of the sizing so it hangs well. A wallhanging for home or a gift, no. A quilt with layered patchwork that I want to emphasize the dimension, yes - maybe even a couple times. A lap quilt to cuddle up with, absolutely. I wash my quilts with a mild detergent made for quilts in a front load washer. There's much less stress on the stitching when a quilt is tumbled versus agitated (who wants to agitate their quilts?). If it's a cuddle up quilt, I'll throw it in the dryer on damp dry for a bit, then lay it out flat to dry. I guess the simplest answer is, I wash my quilts when they need it.

Blockheads Block #20

Devil's Claw by Betsy Chutchian (click here for instructions)

This was such a fun block to make. Soooo easy using either method. I like that Kathy used two different prints for the triangles. The layered patchwork version is simply two fabrics and 4 seams after layering/topstitching. (The brown print in the background is from my new fall line, Harvest Hill, coming in October.)

Kathy's traditionally pieced block on the left; layered patchwork on the right.

Click here for my layered patchwork instructions for Block #20.

See what all the designers are up to this week.

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Monday, July 17, 2017

KT July Special Winner

KT Winner

Congrats to Debby. You're the winner of the KT charm pattern of your choice (looks like you have a couple already picked out!).
Debby - Charm packs are one of my favorite precuts. Love Signs of Fall, Shining Stars and Sunny Trio! Thanks for the chance to win.

Email the store at or call 785-488-2120 to let Robert know your pick and we'll send it right out. Thanks for commenting & following my blog.

You still have a few days left to take advantage of our July Special. All charm patterns are only $4.50 (retail $6.50). Now is the time to stock up!

Buzzz charm pattern for Bees 'n Blooms

Pinwheels in my Garden

Pumpkin Harvest
Here's a sneak peek at the new Harvest Hill fabric collection charm pattern, Pumpkin Harvest, due in quilt shops October 2017. A charm pack, 2 fabrics plus our KT Kut-ups precut fusible appliques are all you need to make this 38" square table topper or wall quilt for your autumn home decor. Order the charm pattern now at the $4.50 sale price. (Patterns will ship in September.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #19

Question of the Week:

Do you display your quilts in your home? If so, how?
They're everywhere - on the bed, over the headboard, on sofas & chairs, table tops, in baskets, as a shower curtain. Some are ones I made, some are antiques. I change them out for the season, but Robert and I have our favorites on our recliners. (I literally just walked around the cabin and took a few shots, so please excuse the dust bunnies, crooked lamp shades and miscellaneous background "stuff" in the pictures. 

Flag quilt made by Lois Sprecker - LOVE IT!

Vintage 9-patch

Quilt top -not in great shape but great color folded just right.

Vintage red/white/blue

One of my fav flannels.

Kitchen table. Lightning rod balls in red/white/blue.

Quilt turned shower curtain.

Blockheads Block #19

Night Flight by Lynne Hagmeier, KTQ

I like the movement in flying geese blocks. You can entice the viewer's eye to travel across your quilt to focus on the best parts. Or a row of them make a great filler/border. However, I hear from alot of quilters that they avoid flying geese - "I lose my points", "They don't come out square", "The geese are lumpy", etc. My layered patchwork technique makes flying geese sooooo easy. If you haven't tried LP with any other block, this is the one to try.

Click on the link above for my Layered Patchwork option. The instructions are for only (4) flying geese. I'm planning to use strips of geese for sashing in my quilt. Cut (8) of the B-tan background to make two rows of (4) geese each for a 6 1/2" block.

Kathy & Joy both chose to go scrappy with their geese and backgrounds. If you prefer traditional flying geese, see the link below. 

Kathy's LP on the left; Joy's LP on the right.
I've promised numerous quilters in my workshops that I would share a sizing chart to convert regular flying geese to my LP method easily. Click here to download the
 KT Flying Geese LP Conversion Chart.  

FYI: I'm making extra flying geese to use as sashing in the setting for my Blockheads quilt, along with other 3"x 6" elements from blocks. Pairs of some of Betsy's little blocks would be great! Watch for a preview of the block setting for my quilt later this summer.

Flying Geese - Traditional Method

I'd forgotten some of the tricks I used in the past for flying geese using the connecting corner method. Try stitching just to the inside (toward the corner) of your diagonally drawn line. Your square will press toward the corner more accurately. Trim the inner tan triangle for less bulk. I chose to make my tan background all the same, but flipped the rows of geese for fun.

See what my Moda designer friends are doing this week:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #18

Question of the Week:

Do you sew or stitch every single day? Do you plan it? Or is it a habit? How much time do you spend each day stitching?
I have good intentions to sew every day, but something always seems to get in the way. I spend more time on the computer designing and writing patterns. When I receive new fabric, I sew like crazy for days and nights, then it's market, and I'm done. Kinda feast or famine around here, I guess. I plan to make a small red/tan/blue project over the July 4th weekend as a birthday present to myself, and usually do the same New Year's Day. Not my fabric, not my pattern, something totally for fun. I look forward to it all year. I think I need to add a few more fun sewing days to my calendar.

Heading North

I'm on my way to Canada to teach/play at two quilt shops next week - Chicken Feed Quilts in Coaldale, Alberta (July 10-11) and Beaver Creek Mercantile in Caroline (July 13-14) just a few hours away. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you! Call the quilt shops above for more information on program/workshops.

Moda Blockheads Week #18

Rocky Mountain Puzzle by Carrie Nelson
Simple block, good bones, looks great in multiples creating a secondary pattern. What more could you ask for? Click on the block name above to go to Carrie's blog for instructions.

My piecers did their thing - Kathy's traditionally pieced block is on the left, Joy's layered patchwork block is on the right. It's really hard to tell the difference from the front, but there's a major difference in the number of seams on the back. By layering a triangle over a square & topstitching, your background doesn't change so your block is easier to piece and is true to size with very little chance of losing points.

Click here for my Layered Patchwork optional instructions for Block #18.

See what my Moda designer friends are doing this week:

Betsy's Blog -

Lisa Blog -

Jan's Blog -

Jo's Blog -

Carrie's Blog -

Don't forget - the Moda Blockheads Directory is available for all the block instructions to date.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July KT Special

July's Charming Special

I love charm packs. They offer an entire fabric collection in the palm of your hand for about $10. How can you not love that? I design a charm quilt for each fabric collection, keeping the theme/season of the line in mind. Moda has been cutting charm packs for the past 31 fabric lines, so I have quite a few in my stash. This month's special is any charm pattern (regularly $6.50 each) is only $4.50. Go to our website for the charm patterns, charm packs ($9 everyday low price) and kits for most of the projects shown. When you purchase a charm kit, the pattern is included at 1/2 price!

Questions? Call Robert or Joy at 785-488-2120.

                                Charm Patterns

Here are a few of my favorites: 
Kansas Troubles (nice block, huh?)

Acorn Medley - KT Kut-ups for applique available

KT Shining Stars

Seedlings runner & pillow sleeve

Signs of Fall


Thistle Patch

Sunny Trio

Joyful Wishes

Comment to win your choice of KT charm patterns.

Have a safe & happy July 4th! I'll see you again Wednesday for Blockheads BOW.