Blockheads Block-of-the-Week #37 -
Double Delight Star by Lynne HagmeierMy Double Delight Star this week perfectly illustrates how my Layered Patchwork technique simplifies a difficult looking block. By breaking down the block into a basic 9-patch, then layering and topstitching the triangles & squares, I've eliminated more than 2 dozen seams in a 6" block. The secret of Layered Patchwork is to make sure the exposed edges are on the bias for softness and dimension after washing, but no raveling.
|Kathy's traditionally pieced block (left); Joy's Layered Patchwork block (right)|
Click HERE to download instructions for Double Delight Star - both Layered Patchwork AND traditional piecing options.
Question of the Week - Do you remember your first quilt market as an Exhibitor? When was it? Was it exciting, terrifying, both?
My first Quilt Market was in the spring of 1996. I had visited Fall Market 1995 to grasp the concept of market - what a booth looked like and how to plan - but was still overwhelmed by the positive feedback from shop owners. We wrote so many orders, we ran out of invoices! Exciting & terrifying pretty much sums up the experience. Our second market, we won 2nd place Single Booth Award. Even more exciting! By the third market, Moda approached us to design fabric and the whirlwind continued. No matter how many markets I attend, I'm never quite sure what to expect, but it's always interesting and a great deal of fun.
I'd like to take a minute to thank my piecers who have made all the Blockheads' blocks this year. With my travel/work schedule, it has been reassuring to know the blocks are ready to go each week for my blog posts. I couldn't have done this without you both.
Joy Johnson is an RN who retired from her position as Hospital Administrator several years ago and purchased a long-arm quilting machine to stay busy. Robert had worked for Joy at the hospital as a CNA for a few years before quitting to make the KT Quilt Shop a full time reality. (Who really needs a steady income and health insurance anyway???) When she stopped by the store and asked if we needed help, we jumped at the chance to have her on the team. Joy's quilting knowledge, long-arm artistry, friendly customer service and commitment to KTQ has made her an invaluable asset to our business. Her constructive input on quilt & fabric design helps me pare down the endless ideas rambling around in my head.
Kathy Limpic joined the KTQ team a little over a year ago after showing me her Dear Jane blocks while attending a KT Retreat. I had admired the quilts she shared at retreats for several years, but had no idea she was interested in piecing for a designer. She pieced the red/tan/blue Kansas Troubles quilt in my new book, Cozy Quilts & Comforts, and I was blown away with her perfect piecing/pressing skills. Since then, Kathy has become a valued member of the KT team as a piecer and a friend who has supported, encouraged and stepped up when life got in the way of quilting. I look forward to working with her in the years to come.
Check out the other Blockheads this week. And keep sharing your blocks on Facebook. It's really getting good.
Betsy's Blog - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Lisa's Blog - https://lisabongean.com/
Jan's Blog - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Jo's Blog - http://jomortonquilts.com/jos_journal/
Moda/Carrie's Blog - http://blog.modafabrics.com/