Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moda Blockheads Week #17

Blockhead Question of the Week: 

Do you keep a written list of your works in progress, etc?
I think I answered most of this in last week's long winded post. I don't have alot of UFO's but am certainly not organized enough that I have a list. I have to make lists for work, that's enough. My "wish list" is sticky notes in books/magazines that I've marked as I'm drooling over the pages. One of the latest on my have-to-make list is Carrie Nelson's Opening Day from her new book, Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites. I don't design many two color quilts since my fabric lines are multi-colored, so I think I'm drawn to them in other designer's books. It's dreamy. Sigh...

From Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites (Carrie Nelson)
I was able to make several two color quilts for my new book coming this fall, Cozy Quilts & Comforts. Here's a sneak peak of the cover. So exciting!

On to our Block of the Week #17. Lisa has a triangle block, Trail of Tears. Simple half squares arranged just so create a cool striped effect that can made a dozen different ways. I can't wait to see what all of you do with it.

Go to Lisa's Blog for her easy instructions.

Here is Kathy's traditional block in Lisa's red/tan/blue. Can't you see a a lap quilt done with these blocks? Yikes, there's another quilt on my to-do list.

Block #17 - Trail of Tears

Joy's block is kind of a planned scrappy of KT tans/darks. Much more subtle diagonal stripes.Such different looks from the same block. Keep in mind, our layered half squares mean no trimming.  

Click HERE for my Layered Patchwork option. 

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

Check back Saturday, July 1st to see the KT Special of the month.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Don't Miss our June Special

Going, going....

Don't forget to check out our June KT Special - Crazy for Minis Booklet & kits and all Mini Charm packs, 20-25% off thru Friday. That's just $3 each for KT Mini Charm packs!
Click HERE to see our June Specials.

I shared a few of the Crazy for Minis projects at the first of the month. Here are a couple more that feature mini charms and my layered patchwork technique. Perfect for quick summer projects.

Formal Affair - bowtie lap quilt & pillow sleeve

Fair & Square with wool square applique

Spring Fling layered half squares with applique

Check back Saturday for July's KT Special!

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 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 -

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 -

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.