It’s Wednesday again!
Moda Blockheads 2017 Block #13 is Bowtie Quartet by Designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. I love all of Lynn’s block and this one does not disappoint. I liked seeing bowtie quilts, especially when they were made into baby quilts, but I never tried one. This block went together quick and easy (two of my requirements) so I think the next baby quilt just may be this block. The possible block arrangements allows quilts to look different and interesting.
Please take the time to check out Lynn’s other designs at http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com and the Moda site at http://blog.modafabrics.com.
It is not too late to follow along. The patterns and instructions can be found on the Moda web site or on the Facebook page for Moda Blockheads. The blocks are 6 1/2″ but several of us are making ours 12 1/2″.
Here is my latest baby quilt. It is made with bandana print charm squares and Kona white to make half square triangles. I added a 2 1/2″ inner border of Kona white and a 4″ outer border of red bandana print. Light blue/white gingham fabric was added as a backing with a thicker batting to make this a good quilt for baby’s floor play time.
This quilt started out in my mind to be a lap quilt but after 120 squares I quickly determined it should be a baby quilt. Not that it was difficult but I got bored. A lot of projects start off on paper being a large bed quilt but as interest decreases so does the size of the quilt.
I am happy to say that my Quilt Inspector, Sami The Wonder Dog, has given it her Seal of Approval.
I feel like it has been a long time since I posted about Blockheads as I passed on Block #11. I am glad to be back.
Moda Blockheads week 12 is a splendid block called Puzzled by Carrie Nelson. I love how the block comes together and I did not have to use Jack the Ripper at all. When this quilt-along is over this block will be in the top running to be in a quilt with all Puzzled blocks. I think an entire quilt made with all different colors will be striking.
My color choices, as usual, are pretty bland but I think when all the blocks are arranged they will play nicely together. I do admit when I look at all the different color combinations that followers post on the Face Book Blockheads page I feel a little left out. During these twelve weeks I have not noticed any color combination that I did not like.
This pattern is based on the Big Star pattern from Missouri Star Quilt and I call it Big Purple Stars. I am so creative with names. 🙂 I pieced it in 2014 and placed it on my long arm to be quilted. I started have major problems with my machine and ended up sending it to California for warranty repairs. After the bad experience I decided to blame the quilt so I hid it in the closet. 🙂 Finally got my nerve back up and completed the quilting with no problems. Now I am glad get it finished but I am in the process of changing my bedroom colors. That is what I get for taking so long.
I am calling this quilt Charming Stars and it is a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop. You may remember seeing this quilt listed on Elm Street Quilts as my April One Monthly Goal to get the blocks set and borders attached. I am happy to say it is now quilted and ready to go to a new home.
Moda Blockheads update:
I did not complete the Blockheads Block of the Week #11. This block has 60 pieces and is a beautiful pattern, but after re-doing twice I decided it was not for me. I really admire the people who can work with those tiny pieces and make them beautiful but I am not one of them. Since the Blockheads will have 48 quilt blocks I think I will be able to survive without a few. I feel like a wimp but after working on this block for over 5 hours I finally admitted it was not fun.
Moda Blockheads Block of the Week #10 is an applique block named Basket and Flower by Jan Patek. I am not good at applique so the block I completed looks nothing like Jan’s lovely basket and flower but it is done. I hope by the time these 48 blocks are completed I will have accomplished many different techniques to include applique. I am still waiting for it to kick in. I know the best cure is practice.
Since my color theme for the blocks is brown, rust, tan, etc. I decided to go with Fall items.
Jan’s tutorials on You Tube are very informative and helpful. Check them out at http://www.youtube.com/user/janpatekquilts
It’s Wednesday again! The Moda Blockheads Block of the Week #9 is the Ohio Star Variation by Jo Morton. I know I say this every week, but every week it is true: I love this block. I am getting a lot of experience with HST, placements, and color selections and I am looking forward to putting the blocks together and enjoying the result.
The Moda Blockheads Facebook page is a wonderful place to see all the different blocks that come from one pattern. I am amazed at the talent and imagination of the quilters.