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Blockheads3- Janet Clare- block 12

Welcome to Janet Clare’s block in the Blockhead’s series.

Janet’s block is titled Hampshire Star and the pattern can be found on Janet’s blog.

Janet’s line, Geometry is what inspired my fabric selection for my blockhead’s blocks. I love the combination of greens and blues together. You will see her fabric used throughout the year and additional fabrics from my stash added.

There is quite a bit of piecing this week but just consider it therapy for those of us quarantined.

I wanted to share my tricks on making my block happen.

I constructed this block in quarters.

There are 4 identical quadrants to this block so this helped with the layout

or making sure I placed the triangles in the correct position, and not drive myself crazy.

I placed the pieces right on top of each other and chain pieced them, pressed each section with a wooden presser and continued to complete each of the 4 units. With so many small seams, I decided to press my seams open as I went.

Laying out the 4 units and rotating them to make sure they were going in

the correct position before sewing my final 2 seams.

Using triangle papers for this block was a lifesaver.

Lisa Bongean has created a video on how she uses the papers. Click here to view.

Have you tried the triangle papers yet?

Please stay safe during this trying time and thank you so very much for following along.

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

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

I recently had the pleasure of attending the
Knit and Stitch show in London, England.

Yes, glamorous job, but someone has to do it.

One of the Moda designers, Janet Clare had a booth filled with patterns, kits, stitcheries and all kinds of goodies.
Janet was wearing her iconic Artisian Apron.

I love it… wear your creativity!
Read more about Janet here.

Right down the aisle from Janet was Harriett Riddell, a performance textile artist. Yes, a performance textile artist.

I was drawn in by her eclectic table covering made from vintage linens, hankies and art. I knew there had to be a good story here.

While I did not officially meet her, I did stand and watch her work for quite a while. Harriett uses thread and a sewing machine much
like an artist uses paper and pencil to create characters.

Here is a bit of info about Harriett from her bio page.

Harriet Riddell was born in 1990 and grew up in Oxfordshire, England. Harriet is a mixed media performance artist, specializing in observational drawings using a sewing machine. Her artwork responds to and interprets the transient world on to a permanent canvas. Harriet encourages interaction by working in unusual locations and experimenting with the subjects the she chooses to stitch.

(photos used with permission of Harriett Riddell.)

At one of the fairs she “performed” while her subject pedaled a bicycle to generate power for her sewing machine.

I know I would be in better shape if I had to ride a bike to create power for my machine, but I would make a lot fewer quilts.

Thank you to Janet and Harriett for sharing your creativity with us.