It’s Wednesday again and time for another Moda Blockheads Block of the Week. We are already on block #16 of 48. Jan Patek is the designer of Flags for this week. It is another applique block and I was lucky to have the red/white stripe and the blue with white stars fabrics in my stash so I did not need to piece the tiny stripes.
To learn more Applique Like a Pro by Jan is on You Tube.
The Moda Blockheads Block of the Week #15 is the T-Block from Jo Morton. This block has many possibilities depending on the color arrangements. I am sticking with my Autumn/neutral palette with the tree block in the center so they will play nicely together when combined in my quilt.
More variations of this block can be found at Jo Morton Quilts or Moda Fabrics.
I am so happy to be a part of this quilt a-long. The instructions are easy to follow and I am always surprised when the block goes together and even looks like the sample picture.
As we all know fabric ‘clubs’, craft subscriptions, block of the month, etc. are very plentiful in many areas of the internet. We get peppered with many ads daily for these invitations and I’m sure many of them are wonderful. I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about the one I chose: Stash Builder Box. They can be found at http://www.stashbuilderbox.com if you wish to read more about them. The thing I like about this company is, in addition to the high quality fabric that comes to my front door each month, a percentage of the monthly charge goes to Camp Hobe. Camp Hobe is a summer camp designed for children currently undergoing treatment for cancer and their siblings. To find out more, please go to http://www.camphobekids.org
March Box (big picture #1) consisted of three 1 yard cuts of a brand new collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel, coordinating spool of Aurifil thread, Minnow Quilt Pattern by Megan Fisher, and a signature Sewing Truth Pencil.
April Box (top right picture) was three 1 yard cuts of the Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel, coordinating spool of Aurifil thread, Dazzling Diamonds quilt pattern by Peta Peace, bonus pattern, Deco Hex, a beautiful quilt label by Story Patches, and a Sewing Truth Pencil.
May Box (bottom right picture) held three 1 yard cuts of Gold and Rose Gold Basics by Riley Blake Designs, Flying Hexies quilt pattern by Simply Bekah Designs, coordinating spool of Aurifil thread, and a Sewing Truth Pencil.
These fabrics are all of top quality, beautiful designs and colors, and large enough to actually use them in a larger quilt. Templates, additional patterns, and tutorials can be downloaded from the website.
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Stash Builder Box or Camp Hobe other than getting the box every month. I do not get paid for telling you about this product.
The Blockheads Block #14 of 48 is the Square in a Square by Betsy Chutchian at http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/ As you can see from the pictures, I couldn’t decide which color layout to use so I did both. This is another fun and easy block to construct. It would be great for a baby quilt with fussy cutting the center squares, an I Spy quilt, or any other that a center square would be the ‘star’.
I am having so much fun with these blocks and I look forward to the next Wednesday block. This is the first quilt along I have participated in because I usually put so much pressure on myself that it isn’t fun but this is the exception. The designers are all so talented and it is a pleasure to sew with them.
My June One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Elm Street Quilts is to get this door hanging quilted and ready to use. I would like to say it is a UFO from Christmas 2016, but to be honest it was supposed to be finished to use Christmas 2015.
This is a free pattern from Jennifer Jangles website and my plan was to complete several for gifts. Not exactly sure what happened to those plans.
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