Category: Block Heads 3

BlockHeads- Robin Pickens- Block 11

Block 11  was tough for me. I haven’t been able to focus. I could not decide what to do with my fabrics. Then I read Robin’s inspiration for her block and I jumped right in.

You can get the pattern at Robin’s blog, click here. Be sure and also follow Robin on Instagram, here.

By bringing the shapes together and uniting them with HST blocks in the center, the block can play as a flower bloom with petals or a clover. Using the color play of accentuating a side in reds/pinks brings out the heart in this bloom for LOVE!  -Robin Pickens

During this crazy time of self-quarantine due to the COVID-19,  there is no better thing than to share the love via our craft. I decided to go with all greens like a 4 leaf clover and adding an extra dose of love with a pink heart.  I added some of my collector pins to this picture. While I have been a big collector in the past, I have Marie Condo-ed and minimalized my collections but still, have lots of little stuff that fits in big mason jars and does not have to be dusted. I do miss all my junk! What do you collect?

 

 

Once I made the 8″ block I decided I needed a 4 leaf clover pincushion so I made a small version.

To add a stem, I cut one of the squares in half diagonally and added a 1″ strip of fabric. Press towards the stem and square up the block.

Since this is Robin Picken’s block design it was a no- brainer to use her textured solids called Thatched.

 

pincushion

I had fun quilting it to death with Aurifil green thread. Once this quartine is over we are going to have a heck of a St. Patricks day celebration along with any additional holidays we have missed.

Robin and I dressed alike while setting up a booth at the Road to California show.

Stay safe and keep sewing.
Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the Blooming Love block:

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

If you need a quick project to work on until next week’s blockheads’ block, how about making some medical masks? These are needed at our senior centers, children’s hospitals and I even had a request today from a friend that is a PA at a cancer center. If you need a pattern, there are many online resources just search how to make a mask.

There are so many options out there and while the fabric masks are not going to replace the N95 versions, there are many places that are accepting masks. Stay safe!

Enjoy,

 

Modalissa

BlockHeads- Stacy Iest Hsu- Block 10

Welcome to block 10

Windmills by Stacy Iest Hsu

The windmill block pattern is available on Stacy’s blog as a free download. Visit Stacy’s blog to learn all about the inspiration behind this block. My version of her block is shown here.

I couldn’t wait to talk about Stacy today. Stacy is the creator of CUT, SEW, CREATE. This is a program of prepackaged panels with big easy shapes and some basic sewing skills making it a perfect learn to sew program.

So many fun, easy options.

These just make me happy.

Right now we all need some sunshine in our lives.

Stacy’s newest fabric is Sunday Picnic. The line features a panel of all the parts and pieces are shown

above to make your own Sunday Picnic play pieces.

Stacy is also a prolific quilt designer. Shown here is one of her patterns, My-Garden. The quilt stock number is SIH 036 and the quilt measures 64×84. Follow Stacy on Instagram to see what all she is working on.

Each week I an a few more tchotchkes to my block picture. This week I grabbed some items from my sewing room that were blue or green. One is a random strand of blue star ribbon. I am patriotic at heart and pick up anything I see that has stars on it.  The Olfa rotary cutter is a must-have,  and a good, I mean great pair of scissors like the Karen Kay Buckley scissors.

Here is the info about the scissors right off of Karen’s website.

Karen Kay Buckley’s 4″ Perfect Scissors-green

I have been using nothing but serrated edge scissors to cut my fabric for the past 25 years.  I love the way the serrated blade cuts into my fabric.  This special blade pulls the fabric into the scissors rather than pushing it away like traditional scissors.  Things you will like about these scissors…cushioned handle, easy for right or left-hander to use, blades sharp to the very tip, serrated blade keeps the fabric from fraying, lightweight and comfortable. The 4″ size is great for detail cutting on curves and points.

My favorite little treasure in this picture is what a friend of mine, Roseanne Kermes made.

Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?

Using an embroidery hoop and a few layers of pattern tissue paper to create your base, then add your message/word. Roseann used a Sizzix die-cut to cut out the words.

Here is a pic of the back of her hoop all nice and trimmed.
What word would you use on your hoop to describe your hobby?

Sew by Roseann Kermes

Okay back to the post at hand. How are you coming on your blocks?

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the WINDMILLS  block:

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

Enjoy,

Modalissa

BlockHeads- Lella Boutique-Taos

Block 9- Taos

I have had so much fun mixing fabrics during this blockhead journey. While some of my blocks are only 2 or 3 colors, some of my blocks have lots of different fabrics. Having colorful blocks will help me balance all the blocks throughout the quilt. Have you added any fabrics to your blocks other than what you first started with?

To download Vanessa’s block instructions, visit Lella Boutique.

When I was at Quiltcon in Austin a few weeks ago, I was working at the Moda Bakeshop booth. Around the corner comes a familiar face, she yells Lissa, I yell Sally. I had not seen Sally in at least 30 years and I will say we had not aged a bit. She had moved from New York to Austin and is a quilter! Sally’s mom was one of my girl scout leaders and I guess I have always loved earning my badges. Here are a few badges that have been added to my collection. I know I have certainly earned the credit card one. Once a girl scout, always a girl scout.

Vanessa has a couple of books that you should add to your bookshelf. Check out this youtube as Vanessa shares a peek inside her book, Charm School.

Jelly Filled by Vanessa Goertzen

Vanessa’s newest book is Jelly-Filled, featuring 18 quilts using Moda’s 2 1/2″ Jelly Roll Strips. To learn more about Vanessa’s book ask at your favorite book retailer or visit Vanessa here.

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

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

Enjoy,

 

Modalissa

BlockHeads- Laurie Simpson- Block 8

Thank you for following along on my blog post last week. The majority of the blocks I have designed for Blockheads are all lovey-dovey inspired. Because I was doing hearts I also decided to add some pinks to my blocks. I get bored easily and that is probably why I lean to doing scrap quilts.  More to come on that when it is my turn again.

I love color and love fabrics and since I opened the door for more color, I added a touch of color to this week’s block, 9 Patch Block designed by Laurie Simpson.

You can find the pattern for this block on Laurie’s blog.

I could make an entire quilt using this block pattern.

There are so many options on how you can color it.

I was also thinking this would make a fantastic alternate block

as the setting for my blockhead’s quilt since I am still undecided about the layout.

The little treasures that I added to my pic this week are some sports memorabilia

pins that I have had for a long time. Laurie is a big sports junkie,

so I had to use these pins this week.

There is nothing like putting on a baseball game while sewing.

Do you have a favorite team?

Blockheads- in progress

Keep in mind that I have no idea on my layout so I have been making different size blocks and playing with fabrics, but my biggest accomplishment is I am not behind!!

 

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the 9 PATCH BLOCK:

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

Enjoy,

Modalissa

BlockHeads- ZEST

We were working on our Blockheads blocks back in December, which seems so long ago. I watched the Gringe with my grandkids many times over the holidays, and we often talked about having a big heart. I named the block ZEST for great enthusiasm and energy and, of course, a big heart.

Here is the link to the pattern download. But wait, there is more past the download!

This block is so simple that I had to play around with all kinds of options.
My 4″ block is half and half.

As I have done in my other blockheads’ posts, I have featured a few of my treasures. This week I am showing two pins, modalissa and Moda certified. But one of my favorite treasures is this pin that was in my stocking many years ago. That year, after all the gifts were open, bellies were full, and kids were down for naps, my mom brought out a huge sack for my sister and me.

Each item was individually wrapped and had a handwritten explanation about the history of the treasure. My sister and I spent the rest of the afternoon going through the makeshift stocking while mom told us all about the goods. This reminds me of how we all tell the stories about the meaning behind our quilts and the messages they leave behind.

I couldn’t help but incorporate my family into this quilt, combining 4 of the 4″ hearts to represent my three grandsons and one granddaughter.

To represent my four boys and one girl, I did the same but made them as 8″ blocks and will add this to my quilt somewhere. Every quilt tells a story, and mine would not be complete without adding these.

I was in the process of photographing these two blocks, and it gave me an idea!

I made a heart in a heart version combining the 4″ block and the 8″ block.

This is probably not the most efficient way to make this, but sometimes you just have to roll with it. Here are my notes to make your own.

Using the math from the blockheads 8″ Zest heart block, layout as shown above.

One ruler I am obsessed with is Simple Folded Corners by Antler Quilt Designs.

Cutting away the extra leaving seam allowances makes this process quick and accurate.

Here is half of the block. Join the two sides together.

When I told Doug I was going to be using his ruler, he graciously let me give away a few!!

So I have 3 of the mini Simple Folded Corners. Who wants one?

Leave a comment, and I will contact three winners directly for your shipping info.

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the ZEST  block:

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

Enjoy,

 

Modalissa

 

BlockHeads- Magic Block and triangle papers giveaway

BLOCKHEAD WEDNESDAY

Today is a day of Magic. If you have even seen any of Lisa Bongean’s work then you will understand. Lisa creates magic with everything she touches.
She makes it all look so easy.
But the best thing about the process is that Lisa is a fantastic teacher sharing her tips on accurate piecing no matter how big or small.

My block is 8″ and I am happy with how it turned out but Lisa’s is 4″. You can see her block and get the pattern here.

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the MAGIC  block:

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

GIVEAWAY CLOSED-WINNERS NOTIFIED

Have you ever used triangle papers before? I am giving away an assortment pack to 3 of my readers. Just let me know why you need these by leaving a comment. The winner will be picked at random, Sunday, Feb 23rd.

 

Enjoy!

-modalissa

BlockHeads- Zen Chic- 2-12

Today’s Block Heads post is all about LOVE.

LOVE block by Zen Chic

Love from Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic pictured with some of my pins that are a word and pic combo. No, I am not a train wreck or a drama queen but I am a Lucky Duck to be a part of the Moda Blockheads.

You can find the pattern here.

Last week was applique. This week is paper foundation piecing. Both are a challenge to think outside the box and do something a bit different.
I have become obsessed about this block and will be making it in all sizes, the 4″ block for a pincushion all the way up to the 12″ block for a pillow.

A few tips:

-Print on lightweight paper and tighten your stitch length making the paper easy to tear off. When tearing off the paper make sure you hold on to the seam allowance around the outside edge so the seam does not come apart.

– Lightly color in where you want the colors for the letters to be. It is very easy to get these transposed and end up having a letter E without a middle bar.

-Be sure and adjust your printing of the pattern pages as actual size. Quite often the default setting is fit to print and will make your blocks a tad smaller.

-Oversize all your fabrics. When paper piecing it is crucial to have a bigger piece and trim down instead of coming up short on an angle.

-If you have not paper foundation pieced, print extra pages of the size you need. I messed up on both of the letters V and E and needed to redo them.

-Have fun and experiment.

I was playing around with Brigitte’s newest fabric line, JUST RED to create a LOVE pillow. I was going for negative-positive color placement but was not happy with how it turned out so I will keep playing with color options. Remember when I said print multiple copies of the pages?

Thanks for being adventurous and learning new things!

I can’t wait to see what you create.

Visit each of the designers listed below for their take on the LOVE  block:

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.

BlockHeads- Betsy Chutchian

Week 3

SO many great variations and color placements on everyone’s blocks. I have learned so much from watching the progress. Each week is a different kind of challenge to not only what fabrics am I going to use but how my sewing skills are going to be challenged. Today’s block is from Betsy Chutchian. I have known Betsy almost forever. I can’t really remember when we first met but we were both involved with local quilt shops and would run into each other at guild meetings and various quilt shows. I get to see her more now that we are both moda peeps.

I knew Betsy’s block was going to be a challenge for me but in a good way.

I’m not scared!

The half-square triangles are cut at 1 7/8″ so they finish 1″. I rounded up all my cutting to 2″. I was able to then trim or square up each of the units. This definitely took more time but well worth it. Each week I am concentrating on improving my piecing skills. Some weeks I am trying out different rulers but most weeks I will be using triangle papers.

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.

 Generally, I do not press my seams open. I must confess that I am a bit lazy when it comes to pressing. So to keep it real and make me accountable I decided to show the back of my block. Where the seams got bulky I did press open. There is still some bulk where the tip of the flying geese blocks was but that is okay with me. I will deal with that.

One thing I am going to work harder on is starching my fabrics. Lisa Bongean did a great post on the Blockheads FB group about starching. If you didn’t see it, here is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/253867175058745/permalink/825040994608024/

Now visit each of the designers listed below to see their version of this week’s block.

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.

Blockheads3- Sherri McConnell

SUNSHINE STAR

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.

Enjoy,

-modalissa

Block Heads 3 – Corey Yoder

Welcome, Welcome to day 1 of the Block Heads 3.
My friendship group from several years ago was called the Blockheads, so when the idea of this type of project came up, we knew the name Block Heads was perfect for a group of like-minded people who are passionate about learning, making and sharing.

I am excited and nervous about being a part of Block Heads 3. I hope to keep up!

Each designer has supplied their block in an assortment of sizes.

Which size do I choose?

How do I know what blocks I am going to use?

How do I know how much fabric I am going to need for a year-long sew-along?

These and many other questions I am going to answer along the way but the most important thing is to have fun, be creative and enjoy the experience. But first, I have assembled a few of the “really would be great if you have” notions to make the process flow.

   + Oil up your machine, change the machine needle and thread using a neutral color of thread. I lean towards a light tan, light blue, silver or pink as my neutrals. The thread just disappears in both light and dark fabrics. Using high-quality threads does make a big difference in your project.

   + A small iron to keep handy by your sewing machine helps speed up the work no matter whether you press your seam allowance opened or closed. Even the larger blocks are made up of many small pieces so pressing is important.

+ A rotary cutter and small mat to square up sections as you go. Generally, when a 1 7/8″ square is called for, I round it up to 2″, then cut and sew into half-square triangles, press and square the blocks. This is also where the 1  1/2″ and 2″ bloc-loc rulers come in handy.

+ When more than a few half square triangles are needed for a block I use Primitive Gatherings triangle papers. The papers are fast and accurate. NO additional trimming is needed because they finish at the exact size needed. Give them a try!

 + Simple Folded Corners ruler by Antler Quilt Designs is also one of my must-have rulers.

+ Small portable design boards. Layout your fabrics as you cut them to audition your fabric choices or to keep the fabrics in order when it is time to sew. You can make these yourself by using any size of the cardboard, batting scraps, and fabric binding or fabric duck tape works nicely also. I often use the cardboard piece that comes with layer cakes. Fat Quarter Shop has a variety of sizes already made also.

+ Thread cutter by Sunflower Quilts is perfect to have to quickly cut apart all the chain piecing.

What fabrics am I going to use? When doing a mystery project like this, you want to make sure you have quite a bit of each fabric or a large variety of fabrics. I opted for a large variety. Picking fabrics is one of the hardest things to do. Trying to decide on the perfect 18- 24 fabric is a tough one, so I wanted to share my trick. I like to pull all the fabrics that I think may even be close to what I am looking for. Lay the fabrics out in color order and start eliminating. It is much easier to take fabrics out of the stack than to build only the perfect stack with no rejects. This frees you up to choose some fabrics that may add a pop of color, a little clash fact, or or a variety of scale. Also, keep in mind how many colors you want. Odd numbers work best. Shown above is the beginning of my first fabric pull. I added the medium blue as my 3rd color, so I would have the option of creating a medium. I also choose lots of different lights for my background, keeping in mind that I would need small scale prints.

Once I started sewing, I added many different fabrics and took away some that would not work. Don’t be afraid to change along the way. The quilt is a work in progress.

Star Crossed by Corey Yoder

For the instructions to Corey’s Star Crossed block – Coriander Quilts.

Corey’s block was tons of fun to make. I choose to make the 8″ size.

Many of the blocks are available in a range of sizes from 4″ to 12″ so I am planning on making all 8″ but playing around with a few 4″ and throw in a 12″ from time to time.

One of my favorite things to collect is quilt block patterns, whether they are in books or online. Each week I will also share a few of the other trinkets that I collect. This week I am sharing a few cards of vintage buttons in greens and blues.

Be sure and visit each of the other blockheads each week for their blocks, tips, tricks, and additional info. Some of the designers already have given layout options, so that should help guide you in what size blocks you want to make. Moda will also be supplying a few possibilities of layouts for mixed sizes of blocks.

There are fourteen different designers:

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.

Enjoy,

Modalissa