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Block Heads : Block 19 & 20

I am so excited to share my Blockhead block for this week Go Fish!  I loved designing and making this block because it is so cute and easy to make.  It is a combination of flying geese and rectangles and is a quick block to make.  You can download this block here.

In addition to my block, Betsy Chutchian is showing her block as well, Rocky Road to California.  It is a wonderful block as well and so much fun to make.  You can download her block here.

I was so thrilled when Betsy chose me to join the Blockheads group.  It has been such a fun adventure.  Betsy and I met about  a year ago at Fall market because we were booth neighbors.  It was so wonderful to get to know her and I am amazed by her designs and quilt.  She truly is so amazing at what she does.  Besides designing fabric and quilts we also learned we both love cats.    Please stop by her blog and say hi and see all the beautiful things she is working on, betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com.

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BLOCKHEAD PART 2 | BLOCK 7

Hi everyone!!  I am super excited to be a new member of the Blockhead Part 2.  I was selected by Betsy Chutchian.  I recently got to know Betsy at Fall Market in Houston.  Our booths were right next to each other and we had such a great time getting to know each other.  She is such a talented designer and quilter and I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be in the same Moda family with her.

Now onto business.  Today is my turn to introduce my first block for Blockheads Part 2.  It’s called Spin cycle and it is the 7th block coming in at a whopping 6” finished.  Although it is small, it is mighty!  I love the implied movement of this block.  I created it using fabric from my Home Sweet Home collection.  You can download Spin Cycle http://blog.modafabrics.com/block-heads-2/ and click on Block 7 - Spin Cycle.

It has been so much fun creating the blocks from the other designers.  I think Spin Cycle is a great addition to all my blocks so far.  Make sure to post your blocks Instagram and tag me @stacyiesthsu.  I would love to see your version of Spin Cycle.  Have a great day and say tuned for more great blocks from the other designers in the weeks to come!

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Podcast with Pat Sloan

I had so much fun talking with Pat Sloan over at American Patchwork.  If you didn't catch the podcast on Monday,  you can still listen to it.  Here is a link to all the Podcast http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you so much for all your support!

Kitty Caddy and Puppy Pouch

I am so excited to share with you a fun little project I created using Woof Woof meow which will be in stores November 1.  This blog post as well as videos that I made with The Fat Quarter Shop will help you make these little cuties. 

Click on the link to the PDF Pattern and templates for the Kitty Caddy and Puppy Pouch HERE.  I hope you have as much fun making them as I did!

*Note: all seams are 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
**Note: use same instructions for puppy pouch using templates for puppy face, ears and bone pincushion

*Note: all seams are 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
**Note: use same instructions for puppy pouch using templates for puppy face, ears and bone pincusion


INTERIOR PANEL


ZIPPER COMPARTMENT
1. With the zipper pull at the top, place long edge of piece M on Left side of zipper, right side facing right side of zipper. (NOTE: The zipper is longer than
the fabric intentionally. the fabric should be centered in the length of the zipper with the zipper-pull out of the way). Use binding clips or pins to hold
in place. Install the zipper foot and move the the needle to the edge. Stitch next to the zipper teeth on the left side along the entire length of fabric.
2. Fold fabric over and press fabric away from zipper.
3. Again with the zipper pull at the top, place long edge of piece L on right side of zipper, right side facing right side of zipper. Use binding clips or pins
to hold in place. Move the the needle to the edge. Stitch next to the zipper teeth on the left side along the entire length of fabric
4. Fold fabric over and press fabric away from zipper.
5. Top stitch along pressed seam on both sides of zipper.

6. Pull zipper tab to center of compartment. Clip excess zipper on each side. Make a small stitch on each end of zipper so that the zipper does not come apart.

7. Place piece N behind zipper compartment, right side facing wrong side of zipper compartment front. If necessary, trim excess fabric from piece N to fit the zipper compartment. This will be your lining. Using the longest stitch length on your sewing machine, baste top edge together to hold in place.

MIDDLE POCKET COMPARTMENT
1. You will need 1” bias tape folded(when folded it will be 1/2”) for the edge of pocket K. See The Fat Quarter Shop video on how to make BIAS TAPE.
2. Cut a piece of 1” bias tape folded, 8” long.
3. Place folded bias tape between top long edge of piece K and top stitch along bottom edge of bias tape to create a trim for your pocket.
4. To create the pocket, mark a line from top to bottom of K at the half way point (4”) and then at 6 ” with a washable fabric pen. You can also customize your pockets to the size that works best for you.
5. Put K on top of right side of J bottom edge and pin in place. Stitch down on lines of piece K with both pieces together to create pockets.

ASSEMBLY OF INTERIOR
1. Pin right sides together, top edge of zipper compartment and bottom edge of middle pocket compartment and sew together. Press open seams.
2. Pin right sides together, top edge of middle pocket to bottom straight edge of O(non kitty piece) and sew together. Press open seams.
3. Hand sew snap or velcro 1” from top curved edge of piece O.
You have now created your interior panel. Now we will set this aside and work on the exterior panel.

EXTERIOR PANEL
KITTY FACE
1. Using the Kitty Face template, embroider the kitty face onto the second O piece. To see how I embroidered the face and get some helpful tips, watch the video on The Fat Quarter Shop site on how to EMBROIDER FACE OF KITTY CADDY.
2. Once you have finished embroidering the face, using the interfacing instructions, put piece Q on the wrong side of piece O and fuse.
KITTY EARS
1. Place right sides together of G and sew around ear leaving bottom straight edge open.
2. Cut excess fabric. Turn inside out and press.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for H pieces.
BACK PANEL
1. Use the interfacing instructions to put the fusible interfacing (piece I) on the back of piece P.
ASSEMBLY OF EXTERIOR
1. Place kitty (piece O) and ears to straight edge, right side of kitty face 1” from both edges.
2. Place short edge of P on top of Q and ears right sides together and sew together. Press open with an iron.
3. Hand sew other side of the snap to the bottom of piece P 2 ” from bottom.

ASSEMBLY OF KITTY CADDY
1. Place interior and exterior pieces wrong sides together matching seams and pin in place.
2. Top stitch above and below each matching seam (NOTE: Remember not to top stitch over the kitty ears. You will have to move them after you top stitch one
side).
3. Place your pincushion mouse tail on the left edge of your interior pocket section. See the video on how to make a MOUSE PINCUSHION on The Fat Quarter Shop.
4. Using the longest stitch on your sewing machine, sew around entire kitty caddy to keep everything in place.
5. Use the remaining bias tape you made to bind the kitty caddy. Unfold the bias tape and pin along the exterior panel edge leaving some excess bias tape to
finish binding.
6. Sew around entire kitty caddy leaving about 2” not sewn. Using the excess bias tape match right sides together and sew together so that it fits the length of
the un sewn portion of the binding. Clip excess bias tape. Pin down flat on the un sewn bias tape on the exterior side and sew down to close off binding.
7. Fold the bias tape up and over to the interior and stitch in place by hand or machine, mitering the corners.

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Favorite Notions

I had the privilege of filming with the Fat Quarter Shop a while back and had the opportunity to talk about my favorite notions.  I know everyone has done their Black Friday shopping and now settling in to sew some gifts for the holidays, right?  Perhaps some of these notions will help you with your projects. 

P.S. I know you all see that super cute Kitty Caddy in the bottom left corner.  Stay tuned for more on this cute project.

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