Here is my version of Moda 2017 Block of the Week block #3. This was another fun block to construct with easy to follow instructions. The block is called Four X by Jo Morton. I will have to admit I have changed from 6″ blocks to 12″ blocks. Me and small pieces just do not play well together. The fabric colors did not photograph true as the corners and center square are a dark purple and the dark wedges are rust colored. I am looking forward to next Wednesday for block #4. #modablockheads
Any of you that know me know that I don’t get out much. 🙂 I go grocery shopping once a month, the library every other week to replenish my audio books supply, and go to lunch with the girls every third Thursday….and that is basically it except for the occasional runs for fabric. I mostly use internet ordering and I love staying home with my Sami. I spent many years until my retirement working with the public so this life is ideal for me.
This past week was a total change from usual. My son and daughter-in-love visited from Georgia to attend the annual Daytona Beach Bike Week. I get to see my son twice a year, for Bike Week in the Spring and Biketober Fest in the Fall and I love it. This time I had a bonus with my Glenda too. We had a wonderful visit but it wasn’t long enough. They took me out to a wonderful dinner at the Conch House in St. Augustine and I enjoyed the left overs the next day. Sami was a little, maybe a lot, out of control but we are working on that. It is very hard for her to be nice when she is so excited to have people around besides just boring old mom.
Thursday was the monthly Bunnell Girls lunch. We get have a good time visiting, talking, laughing, and stuffing ourselves with delicious food. We decide the next place to go and take turns driving. Last month we picked the River Grille in Ormond Beach. A lovely place that sits right on the Tomoka River with a nice outdoor deck. We didn’t think about Bike Week last month when making our decision but we got the added entertainment by going through the bikers and passing the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach (David Allen Coe was performing that day) and seeing all the sights. What a treat for us.
Even though I enjoy my solitude I also enjoy my visits with the ‘kids’ and my girls lunch group. Now back to my sweat shop/sewing studio.
Here is Moda Blockheads #2 block. Of course now that I am looking at the picture I see a couple mistakes I need to correct. I will do another block in brown/tan colors. I am not convinced yet that I like 6 1/2″ blocks. I usually do at least 10″ blocks and I really enjoy 12″ ones. I am trying to step out of my comfort zone. #modablockheads
I usually do not join mystery blocks or quilt along groups, but after working on Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage blocks and really enjoying them I decided to give this one a try. I am a fan of Moda fabrics and patterns, so here goes. This is my take on block #1 completed in scrappy blues. I think I will also do a block with browns. If you are interested in following the Blockheads you are not too late. Go to the Moda webpage for more info. #modablockheads
Twelve more completed blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Book. These blocks are so much fun to do. I wish I had completed two of each blocks in different colors. It is much easier to cut two at the same time than to pull all my scraps back out later for another.
As I look back I can see where I would like to try them in all sorts of color ways. My sheep fabric is very appropriate as it is white background with tan curlies but there is not much contrast with the background fabric. The pumpkin looks very BIG and bright alongside the other blocks. Maybe I should have toned it down a bit.
I saw a picture of a quilt on Pinterest and I loved the simple design. It had large squares that showed off a pretty fabric and rail fence blocks set on point. There was no pattern, name of maker, or any information so I made the pattern based on the picture. I am a terrible photographer so my photos do not do justice to the lovely colors. It is a very large quilt that completely covers my queen size bed with a generous overhang.
This is the Baskets a-Plenty quilt that I started a few months back and posted it without the borders as I couldn’t decide what to use to make it bigger. I finally decided on Flying Geese along the edges. It is a very colorful queen size quilt.
Slowly but surely I am working down my pile of UFOs (unfinished objects for my non quilting friends.) If I could just make a dent in all the quilt ideas floating around in my head I would be in good shape.
Finally completed my Lone Star quilt! I pieced this top months ago and put off quilting it until I got some commissioned pieces done. This is the first pieced diamond star quilt I completed. It is based on the Starlight Express quilt in Jelly Roll Quilts book by Pam and Nicky Lintott. The finished measurement is 92″ x 92″ and it fits my queen size bed nicely.
Here are a few more completed Farm Girl Vintage blocks:
Kettle’s On!, Kitchen Window, Haystack, and Old Glory
Old Red Barn, Milking Day, Mama Hen, and Out to Pasture
Pinwheels, Pie Cherries, Peas and Carrots, and Fresh Pears
This is how I lay out each block. Some of the block pieces are so close in size I find it much easier to label each piece and sew one block at a time.
These blocks are so much fun. Lori Holt’s instructions and diagrams are easy to follow and I have only used my seam ripper once so far. 🙂
Canning Season and Baking Day Blocks
These blocks were fun to do. On the canning jars, the instructions called for 5 1/2″ jars but I had some 5″ charm squares of fruits and vegetables so I added a 1″ strip in the middle of the block. It is hard to see because it is the same color as my carpet. The mixing bowls and spoon block was really easy with Lori’s instructions and diagrams.
Chicken Foot and Egg Basket Blocks
These blocks are coming together so quickly. I just hope all the different fabrics that I am using will blend. I am using mostly scraps, except for the background fabric. I am also thinking about adding sashing and cornerstones on each of the blocks. Not sure about that yet. Will wait and see how tired I am when I get to that point.
Baby Chick, Cool Threads, and Farmhouse Blocks
I started working on the Farm Girl blocks from Lori Holt’s book, Farm Girl Vintage and I just cannot stop. Lori’s instructions and pictures are great. Very easy to follow. I know it looks like I cut the top of my chick’s head off but, according to Lori’s picture, this is the way it supposed to look. After the blocks are sewn together it looks good. Seeing Tierney’s scrappy blocks motivated me as I have a ton of scraps to use. I just hope my choices blend more as I go. As you can tell from the pictures I haven’t trimmed or ‘prettied up’ the blocks. Just made sure the blocks were the correct size.
On another note, I have a sewing related injury that will keep me away from my sewing for a day or two. I caught my good finger (right hand-index finger) between the heavy duty bar magnets that I use on my long arm bars. I will post a picture of these deadly weapons later.