Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #29- Juneau

By Lisa Bongean
To get the pattern for her awesome block click here.
Wow Lisa, Wow!

And since some people need more than 48 blocks and there
have been requests for more appliqué I designed
this timely little acorn block.
To get the pattern for it click here

I'll give you a few simple directions in a minute but first I want to tell you
about this amazing appliqué tool I found at Spring Market.

It's called a Lap App and I love mine.
It comes with a cover as well as a pattern for the cover so you can make your own.
Since mine sits on the table next to my chair, I picked a rather quiet fabric.

It has places for 3 spools of thread and a little magnet for your needles - or pins - or small scissors

And adjusts to tilt to the angle just right for what you're working on.

Underneath the cover is a sandpaper section for marking around your 
freezer paper patterns.

Once I've done that I basted down the top edges of the acorn body

and basted under the edges of the stem.

Then I basted under the top edge of the acorn top
and stitched the bottom of the stem in place.

I also trimmed back the edges of the top 
to make it easier to turn under
and appliqued it to the acorn body.

Then I appliqued my little acorn to the background
and we're ready for Fall.
If you want a Lap App you can order one by clicking here.  
Sometime you have to click on the word "store" at the top right to get the page to load.

I didn't have time to make a little quilt this time but do need to announce the 
winner of the drawing for the little pumpkin quilt and hanger.

And the winner is..........

Such a cute pattern. It would be fun to win!
Barb, please  Email Tammie at 
and give her your snail mail address 
so we can ship your little kit and hanger.

And we can't forget September Fest this weekend - Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.
I mistakenly said Thursday and Friday in the blog last week so if that's the only time you can come, come anyway.  We'll be in the middle of preparations but what the hey!
We're having door prizes and fabric.  Kits and fabric.  Patterns and fabric.  Scrap bags and fabric.  I think you get the idea.

And we'll have tours of the house and the antiques and quilts in it.
So come to

September Fest September 22-23rd at 10170 NW Last Dr. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Directions. If you're coming from North or South on 1-35 go East on Highway 36 for 1 1/2 miles to Sale Barn Road. Turn right on Sale Barn. If you're coming from Hamilton on 36 it's about 10 1/2 miles from Hamilton to Sale Barn Road and you turn left on Sale Barn. Take Sale Barn south for approximately 6 miles until you come to a T - which is Last Dr. Turn right & we're the first house on the left- (look for the balloons) 
Come up the drive to the barn.  

And for those of you who live too far away to come, just order something (a package of needles, anything - and we'll send you a free pattern. Wish you could all be here.

Now lets visit the other designers and see what they did with Lisa's block Juneau.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #30 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

And the winner of the kit for Jelly Roll Stars & Squares

I hope that you had a great birthday. Love your Jelly Roll Stars and Squares Quilt.

Nancy, if you will email Tammy at 
and give her your snail mail address we'll ship your kit to you.

Thank you all so much for your great Birthday wishes.  I kept losing count because I was reading them.  I wish you all could have won but for those of you who didn't you can always go to my store by clicking here and get either the pattern or a kit which we will ship to you as soon as our Sycamore Fabric comes in.  And that should be any day now.

And be sure and come by our September Fest and Garage Sale this Friday or Saturday between 11:00 and 4:00 to get a free pattern for this little quilt.

And register to win a door prize

Sycamore Jelly Roll

Sycamore Layer Cake

Sycamore Fat 1/8 bundle.

And don't forget next Wednesday for Block #29 of Moda Blockheads.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #28 - Applique Pumpkin

By Me - Jan Patek
To download the pattern and instructions
click here.

To make this little pumpkin block First
1) Copy the pattern pieces onto Freezer Paper.
2). Cut out the shapes and iron onto your fabrics.

Then place the fabric on your sandpaper board and 
trace around the freezer paper pattern with an appropriate
colored pencil.
I use Sewline marking pencils because they give you a nice sharp stitching line.
You can get the sandpaper board at your local quilt shop, make your own or buy one at my store by clicking here.  Then go to the sidebar on the left and click on "notions" for both the sandpaper board and the marking pencils.

What the sandpaper board does is hold your fabric firmly in place 
so it doesn't stretch when you draw around the pattern.
Now the pattern on the fabric is exactly the same as the drawing.
Cut your fabric out using a 1/4" seam allowance - approximate.

Stitch the pumpkin center to the middle piece
using the basic appliqué stitch.  If you're uncertain about the stitch
click here to get to my tutorials and search for the Basic Applique stitch.

Now turn your pieces over and cut out the back of the middle piece behind the center.
(You only need to cut out the back pieces if you are going to hand quilt the block or your quilt.  If it's going to be machine quilted you can skip this step.)

Applique the middle piece to the pumpkin outside

and cut out behind the middle piece.
Which brings me to the answer about hand quilting.
Yes, one of the things I really like about these little blocks and my Table Stand Quilts 
which are only 12" x 25" is that I have time to quilt them.  And it's much easier to get small quilting stitches if you're not quilting through all those layers.

Now clip the curve of the top of the pumpkin
and baste it under.

I have been doing all of this while sitting as my husband watches TV.
After a bit Elizabeth wants on my lap.  She doesn't mind at all if I sometimes
set the sandpaper board on her back.  So Pep lifts her up and she keeps me warm while I stitch.

Back to the block, now baste under the bottom and lower sides of the stem

so you can appliqué it to the top of the pumpkin.

Now there's only the moon left and those points can be a challenge 
but you can go to my tutorial at (just copy it into your browser)
to see how I handle the challenge.  :)

Then quilt as desired and bind.
I made this into a little wallhanging with a neat pumpkin hanger
and stabilized it with a pin because it wouldn't hang straight.

As I was typing this, I realized I could hang it from the 
center of the pumpkin, not the stem and it would hang straight.
Ah well.......  I did but I didn't do the picture over.  It's getting late.

If you want to win a kit for the little quilt and hanger make a comment here,
and old comment and the Random number Generator will pick a winner next
Tuesday and we'll announce it next Wednesday with Block #29.

Speaking of which, this is National Sew a Jelly Roll Month and this is
Jelly Roll Stars and Squares.
For a chance to win this kit, scroll down to last Thursday's blog and make a comment.
We pick a winner tomorrow and announce it Friday.

For now lets go to the other designer's blogs and see what they did with my pumpkin.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #29 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

And I'll see you Friday to announce the Jelly Roll Kit winner.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

And it's my birthday so I'm going to give you a present.

This is "Jelly Roll Stars and Squares" made from a 
Sycamore Jelly Roll and 7/8 yds of the tan solid.

For a chance to win the Jelly Roll make a comment, any old comment
 and next week on Thursday we'll have Random Generator 
Pick a winner.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #27

Union Variation 
by Jo Morton

To get to the pattern for the block
go to Jo's blog by clicking here.

This is going to be short and sweet - 
way to much stitching to be done to sit at a computer.
It is Sew a Jelly Roll month, after all.

And besides Market, of course, we're getting ready for 
this years September Fest on the 22nd and 23.
Be sure to mark your calendar and drop by.

So lets go see what the other ladies have done with Jo's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #28 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

So lets go to our other designers blog and see what they're doing.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #26

Cat's Cradle by Betsy Chutchian
To download the pattern for her block 
go to her blog by clicking here.

Last week I answered this week's question and in the process found out the answer to my often wondered Freezer Paper question.
Our wonderful David sent a picture in a page from one of Elly Sienkiewiecz's books that cleared it up.  A lady named Anne Oliver from the Washington D.C. area discovered somehow that if you ironed Freezer Paper to cloth it stuck and she shared her knowledge.
We all owe her a big hug and "Thank You".
And a big "thank you" to David for letting me know about her.

OK - now I'll answer last week's question about setting.

Here's a drawing of what my quilt will look like - mostly.
I just counted the blocks and there are 49 instead of 48.
Soooo I'll take one block out of the top row and make the
star strip 6" longer and add another star.
I'm not sure what color the sashing and borders will be but the center will be tan.  I think maybe the tan hearts print from Fern Hill.

I'd have a better picture for you but we won't even go into what's been going on with my computer.
Right now my I-Mac (after a huge lightening strike that knocked out the surge protector) is having issues.   It's been to the Apple Store and then to a person to recover all of my data.   Right now it won't hook up to the internet so I had to print this out and take a picture and post from my MacBook.

So I'll give you the links to the other designers and you can see what they're doing.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #27 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block 25

Friendship Star by Lynn of Kansas Troubles

To get the pattern for her block 
go to her blog by clicking here.

I just love star blocks, don't you.

Lets see, the question for today is 

"In the 20 years you've been making quilts, 
what is the product invention that makes you happiest?"

No doubt about it - Freezer Paper.
It makes the whole appliqué process so much easier and is great for piecing too.

And I really have been designing and making quilts for over 20 years.  My first fabric line with Moda came out in 1996 and it takes a good year to go through the process so I probably started in in l995.
When I first started making quilts - back when the dinosaurs roamed, as my grandchildren say - we cut templates out of manila folders.  We then found templastic which was a lot easier to see through and finally freezer paper.  I still want to know which brilliant woman figured out that if you iron it to fabric it will stick.  In all probability it was the wife or mother of a farmer or a hunter.

Since Freezer Paper Appliqué is what I do, I just happen to have filmed a
tutorial on my method which you can watch by clicking here.

And now lets to go the other designer's blogs to see their blocks and their favorite products.

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #26 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #24 - Corn, No Beans by Carrie Nelson

WooHoo - We're halfway there :)

To go to Moda's website to download her pattern
click here.

This is a great addition to the blocks, Carrie.
Maybe we should have called this the "Moda Tiny Triangles Challenge"
I love, love, love the way they look and they make me very
glad that I mainly do appliqué.
And I really really like the way the 6" appliqué blocks 
and the 6" pieced blocks look together

Moving on to blocks done with a Charm Bundle 
instead of teeny, tiny triangles

This is Pumpkins and Pinwheels.  
It's on sale this week for 15% off.

You can go to my website to get it by clicking here.

 I almost forgot about answering the question.
Yes, I have decided on a setting.
There will be an 18" center applique block, 6 " blocks, some 2" sashing, more blocks, a strip with stars, more blocks. 
I can't wait to get started on it but I need to leave the blocks free for photography. 

Now lets go see what the other ladies did with Carrie's triangles

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #25 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #23

Winneconne Star
Lisa Bongean

Pretty awesome Lisa, as usual.
To download the pattern for her block
you need to go to her blog by clicking here.

September Fest 2017

We're moving right along through the year and here at 
Jan Patek Quilts, besides making 6" blocks,
 each months Mystery Quilt block and getting quilts ready for Market 
we're getting ready for our 2nd September Fest Open House- September 22nd & 23rd.
We're right down the road from Missouri Star so on your way to or from their
Birthday Bash, be sure and stop by.  Or just come by on your own.
It's only August and we're just getting started but I have designed the free pattern (above)
that we'll have for everyone who comes by.
Keep a watch on the blog for more information as we get in gear.

And now for the winner of the Blockheads Quilt Kit.
The Random Number Generator picked #65 and if I didn't get lost and count wrong
I believe the winner is "retired12".
If you would get in touch with us at and give us your snail mail information we will send your kit and hanger.

And now lets go see what the others did with Lisa's block.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #24 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Moda Blockheads - Block #22

I finally have a name of my latest Wallhanging/Throw kit.  
This is Autumn Glory named by Lyn.  
Lyn, if you will email us at 
and give us your snail mail information, etc. we will get a kit out to you.

There were lots of great names and if I use any of the others for a pattern, I'll send you a free pattern.


If you didn't win, you can still purchase a kit by clicking here.

And I know you all are really ready for your 6" block
so click here for the pattern.
It probably says "Block #4" but it's really Block 22 - It's just my 4th block.

I've decided to do a picture tutorial on all of my blocks.
Since I had all my blocks done before we started that means making another one.
Sooooo - I figured I might as well
quilt it and put it on a hanger.
One for the bigger quilt and one for the wall.  :)

We start out as usual drawing the patterns on Freezer Paper, cutting them out and ironing the paper to our fabric.  Then cut out of fabric with about a 1/4" seam allowance.

 Baste under both sides of the pole for the stand but not the ends.
The top end with go under the stand and the bottom end is in the seam allowance.

Then baste under the stand.

Cut your 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" background piece, 
fold it into and finger press it to mark the center.

Fold the pole piece in two and sew it in place.

Sew the stand in place and baste under the sides and bottom of the house.
Set the roof in place so you can position the holes correctly.

Cut out the freezer paper hole and then cut the fabric about 1/4" to 3/8" larger.

Do a running stitch around the outside of the fabric.  
The paper will probably come off which is fine 
because it will go on the inside anyway.

Place the paper circle inside,

 pull your thread tight and do a stay stitch.

Now sew the holes in place.

Clip the inside of the curve on the roof in 3 places.  
1 clip makes a point, 3 clips make a curve.

The inside curve on the roof and the bird as well as the points on the bird and wing are covered best in my filmed tutorial which you can watch by clicking here.
I would really suggest watching it, especially if you're somewhat new to appliqué.

Applique the wing to the bird and embroider it's eye using 2 strands of cotton floss.
Baste under the bottom of the bird so you can be sure where it sits on the roof.
Then applique in place.

Since I was going to be hand quilting my little block, 
I cut the back out behind the house and the bird.

I put my back in my hoop, laid a piece of batting in place
and pinned the block to both.
Then I stretched it and quilted it.

 I cut my binding strip at 2" instead of 2 1/2"

and sewed a little sleeve on the back.

 I like it so much I decided to share.
So make a comment, any old comment, and I'll have the random number generator pick a number next Tuesday night and send the winner a little kit, including the hanger.  I'll announce the winner next Wednesday with Block #23.

I had so much fun with it that I think I'll back up and make a little Mini Quilt for the 1st 3.  I won't do a full tutorial on them but will just post the finished one when I post one of the pieced blocks so be watching my blog for a chance to win a kit.
Now to find little hangers that go with the blocks.  :):):)

Lets go see what the other ladies did with my little birdhouse.

Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday to see if you won and for Week #23 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.