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BLockheads 3- Jen Kingwell

Wednesday Wednesday!

Today is Jen Kingwell’s turn to share a quilt block pattern. The name of her block is Proposal and it has a great story behind it. To get the pattern and learn more about the block, visit Jen’s blog, HERE.

Using Jen’s inspiration for her block, I decided to use all lights to represent a diamond.  My Diamond is not perfect and since there is all different qualities of diamonds I left the imperfections!! Another thing I learned while pulling fabric for this one is I must love white/cremes with tan or grey dots.

If you follow me on Instagram of Facebook then you probably have seen some of the pictures of my only daughter’s wedding. I wanted to share another story which seems fitting on the topic of proposals. My daughter has always been a city girl but she met and fell in love with a country boy. He proposed to her by carving the words into a tree on their land. The night he was planning on proposing she was late coming home from work which also meant she was tired and probably a little cranky. He insisted on going for a ride and he had something to show her. While she wanted to wait until the morning, but she went ahead and this is what she saw. (picture was taken in the morning)

I had help along the way.  Do you sew in your swimsuit?

So when it came time to make her a quilt for her wedding, I could think of no other pattern than a tree block.  I sent blocks out to some of their friends and family  for messages and well wishes.

I think they were pretty surprised! For a few days this was their wedding quilt, now we call it the Babymaker. No pressure!!

Just in case you are wondering I used a tutorial from Amy Smart for this block. You can find the info HERE.

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the Proposal block.

Be sure to check out the Block Heads Facebook Group and look for Block Heads 3 on Instagram – #modablockheads and #modablockheads3.

Stay Safe my friends!



Blockheads3- Sherri McConnell


Welcome to block 2 in the Blockheads 3 series.
( that sounds weird)
This week’s block is designed by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life and she is one of the sweetest people I know. I will probably be saying that a lot on my Blockheads posts because I do think these gals are the best!

I am not sure what my layout is going to be so I am making some of the simpler blocks in a variety of sizes. If I don’t use the 4″ blocks they can always be used as quilt labels, pincushions or parts of zipper bags.

My tip for this week is to sew the blocks in quarters.

Many of the blocks can be done this way and it helps with making sure the shapes are faced in the correct direction. It is also easier to chain piece the sections and then press the sections nicely and then join the 4 quarters together.

The flannel board is one of my makeshift boards using the cardboard from a layer-cake package, a piece of batting and some cloth duct tape around the edges. The cloth duck tape is available at many craft stores, hobby, and hardware stores. It is not available in the greatest colors but when in a bind and want to make a bunch of these boards quickly it works.

I am still playing with my fabric combinations by making a variety of sizes of blocks.

I hope you are having fun.

This week’s pattern available at Sherri’s blog.

I’d love to see your version of the blocks so be sure and tag your posts using

#modablockheads and #modablockheads3.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Block Heads Facebook Group and look for Block Heads 3 on Instagram – #modablockheads and #modablockheads3.

I will be at the Road to California show this weekend in The Moda booth along with Robin Pickens. Some of the other blockheads will be there also, Jen Kingwell, Lisa Bongean, so If you are coming to the show be sure and stop by.

I will also be doing a Sisterhood of Scraps book signing. Hope to see you there.



I am Smitten

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I am obsessed with the Smitten pattern by Lucy Kingwell. (This is a Jen Kingwell pattern designed by her daughter Lucy.)

smitten pattern frontSmitten by Lucy Kingwell

I started out hand piecing the blocks while I was on vacation.
Love love love!!

Then returned from a long car ride and became impatient and started machine piecing the blocks.

box-of-partsI cut strips from a big assortment of fabrics and used Marti Michell’s templates to cut the actual shapes.

Then I just sat down playing and picking from my pile of shapes to create different blocks. I would sew late into the night and think,
just one more block.
You know what happens then, it is like eating Lay’s potato chips, just one more and before you know it the bag is empty. That is what making these Smitten blocks is like, you can’t eat  make just one.


 3 smaller hexagon blocks are joined to make bigger hexagon shapes.

smitten-1At some point it was time to make some decisions on colors and fabrics. I really wanted the black but some of the blocks were just too dark or heavy. I knew I needed the depth that the black would give so I concentrated on grey , textures, checks and assorted prints that would read black/dark.


Jen Kingwell’s dot from Gardenvale is the perfect color.
Not to black, but just right.



smitten-by-lucy-kingwell-blocks-in-progress_5I am making my quilt a tad bigger which means I am still making blocks. Some of my blocks may be too dark so I will put them to good use on the back.


smitten-oppsOne of the blocks I made an OPPS. It was not supposed to go like this at all.
But I like it and I am going to finish it out “creatively”.
Who knows it may make the front of the quilt. If not it will be mixed into the back.


I am going to have the quilt top done by the end of the week. Or at least that is what I am shooting for.  It is to the stage that I need to lay it out, but I have two big dogs that like to “sew” with me. They are hairy mongrels so I will have to keep them distracted during this time.

Then it will be off to the quilter to work her magic. I will be on the lookout for quilting designs.
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?