Moda Blockheads block of the week #35 is called Northridge and it is designed by Lisa Bongean. It was not a quick block for me but as long as the seam allowances are consistent it goes together very well. I think it will be a great addition to our quilt. Thanks Lisa and Moda for bringing us all these beautiful block designs at no cost.
Christmas Table Runner – pattern improvised from a picture in Keepsake Quilting catalog
I made this table runner for my sweet daughter-in-law for her dining room table. The backing is pine cones in shades of browns and golds so she can use it both for Fall and Christmas.
Front of Fall placemats
Close up of placemats
Back of placemats
Set of Six Fall Placemats
While I was on a roll I decided to make placemats to go along with the Christmas table runner. The backing is the same pine cone fabric that is on the runner. I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby and it is perfect for autumn sewing projects.
Are you all getting ready for the upcoming holidays?
Block 17 of the Grandma’s Kitchen Block of the Week by Pat Sloan is named Pantry Goods. My story that goes with the block is all about the garden and all the bounty that we enjoyed from it. My aunt had a huge garden that supplied food for her family (that included me) and my grandparents. The work started in the spring with plowing and planting and continued through the fall with the gathering and canning.
Everyone worked the garden. I remember spreading fertilize when I was very small. I used a little tin bucket that I filled from the bag of fertilize. I walked down the rows behind the plow that was pulled by a team of mules and threw handfuls into the prepared rows. One of my cousins followed behind me with seeds or plants, depending on what was being planted. Another cousin followed him with a hoe and covered the seeds. After all the planting came the hoeing….every day. This kept the weeds away from the plants and the dirt from hardening around the plants.
When the vegetables were ready to be harvested then came the canning. Going into the cellar (our ‘pantry’) under the house to bring out the empty jars was not one of my favorite jobs. I was always afraid one of the boys would close the door on me. I still do not like going into tight, dark spaces. The jars were washed in hot, soapy water and since my hands were small enough to fit in the jars, I was assigned this task.
I usually sat on the porch and readied the green beans to start the canning process. My cousins would pick the beans and bring them to me so I could pull off the strings and break them into pieces. Each time I would get to the bottom of my basket the boys would bring me more. One time I broke beans for about six hours before we stopped to start making supper. I made the comment to my aunt that I was so tired and glad to stop for supper. In her old country way she looked at me and said, “I don’t know why you are so tired, you have been sitting on the porch all day.” Those are still some of my fondest memories.
Each Sunday at church the ladies would brag about how many jars they canned that week. Not only did we eat fresh vegetables all summer, but all winter we had the wonderful canned vegetables. This was ‘fast food’ in the olden days. 🙂
I have been under the weather lately and just haven’t felt like sewing…believe it or not. Usually I go to my sewing room no matter what because I feel that if I am sick I will be sick anywhere so I may as well be where I enjoy the atmosphere. This was not the case this time and it has been really hard getting my sewing groove back in place.
Block #33 is the Starz block by Jo Morton. I think everyone knows by now that I love the star design in quilts and this is another one to add to my list.
Block #34 is an applique block called (appropriately) House by Jan Patek. I am not good at applique but with Jan’s easy to follow directions and the big pieces, I managed to end up with something that I am not ashamed of.
I really enjoy being a part of this fun block of the week group. The designers have supplied us with beautiful blocks and I’m sure I am not the only one that has learned something along the way.
I love this block from Designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. I chose to make the traditional block but Lynne also supplied the pattern for her layered patchwork technique. I would love to do a quilt using the layered method as it seems much easier to get points even. I was able to complete this block without having to use Jack the Ripper by using Lynne’s detailed instructions. I think the points will pass inspection, if you don’t look too close.
This block and all the others in this Quilt Along can be found at Moda Fabrics. This is the first block of the week event I tried and it has been such a fun experience that I am now following two others for a total of three. All at one time! Sorry to say that I’m not getting as much of my other quilting done but, oh well. 🙂
Block #30 of the Moda Blockheads is the Four-Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson. I have also attached a picture of most of my blocks to date. The blocks are not in any order and I did not place them in the most pleasing layout. Sami loves to run through them as soon as I lay them out so I have to get them down and get a picture very quickly.
Since I am making 12″ blocks instead of 6″, my quilt is going to be a whopper. My plan is to make two quilts, one queen size and one lap size.
Looking forward to seeing your blocks. Thanks for visiting.
Block #6 of the I Wish You a Merry QAL is designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. As you can see I have not completed my embroidery and outlining around the angel and stars. This is another project that looked very good in my head but when I attached the applique to the fabric…not so good. The gold lame’ fabric I picked for the wings and sleeve is entirely too transparent. The good thing is I think I can pick another fabric and attach it directly over the lame’.
The angel’s dress is a pretty white with silver sparkles and the blue background is an ombre fabric with sparkles, neither shows up that good in the picture.
Other than my fabric choices it is a very cute block.
This week’s Blockhead is called the Cat’s Cradle by Betsy Chutchian. I love blocks that allow me to use a focal square in the middle, especially if I can fussy cut. As I have added my fat chickens on several blocks already, this time the rooster received center stage.
This was another fun block to work on but I have to admit using Jack the Ripper when I sewed those little rust colored triangles to the wrong side of the HST on all six blocks. Grrr.
Looking forward to seeing what other blocks come from this wonderful pattern.
Here is my version of Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen Challenge block of the week. This week’s block is called The Kitchen Window. Again, we are to share a story in regard to the block title of the week. Here is mine:
My Mammaw did not have built-in kitchen cabinets in her kitchen. As a matter of fact, she didn’t have a sink. She had a metal topped table that held the water bucket and, when it was time to do dishes, her dish washing pan. Her window was a regular, full length window and the work table was beside the window. She used the window for additional light in the kitchen, as a way to get ventilation, and to keep an eye on us kids. She could spot us getting into something and instantly the window would fly open and she would yell at us. We never could figure out how she looked at us all the time and managed to get anything else done in the house, but she sure did.
During the winter she would crack the window a little every time she cooked to let some of the heat out of the kitchen as she did all her cooking on a wood stove.
Blockheads block #25 is called Twice the Friendship by designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. As always Lynne provided directions for both her Layered Patchwork and traditional piecing methods to construct the blocks. Even though this block design was new to me, with Lynne’s easy to follow instructions it was very quick and fun to work out.
I am so pleased with this BOW project. Each designer has provided beautiful blocks with easy to follow directions. The blocks are always waiting every Wednesday as soon as I get up, and yes it is one of the first things I do on Wednesday morning.
The blocks are available for download at Moda Fabrics. Even if you do not have time for another project at this time save them for a later date. The blocks are great and I have plans to use the patterns to make more quilts down the road.