Last week of Moda Blockheads 4 with block 28 from Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Her free quilt block pattern can be found at the Fig Tree & Co blog:
For color studies I went with the cheery bloom suggested in the block layout and then played with the center band, the negative space, diagonal colors, a 3d look to the little triangles and a color quad with different color families in each quarter.
And my sewn block is the last of the big pink blocks. Sigh. Although I am happy to get to the finish line, I also am sad since this has been something I have looked forward to each week. Which makes me think about why I like sewalongs...skill building, trying new things and community. Because Quilty friends are the best. Thank you for the wonderful comments on the facebook and instagram posts each week. You have made me smile.
Till next time...happy sewing!
Happy Wednesday and Moda Blockheads day! Today Michelle White from Moda brings us "Threaded" for our free quilt block pattern! Visit Michelle on instagram @MichelleWhiteMakes and get your THREADED quilt block pattern at Moda's site: https://my.modafabrics.com/tags/blockheads-4
Michelle's design is shown with the angled ends all going in one direction, however the pattern also showed an alternate that faced the angles together, so I did some in the last row with that and took some liberties of flipping the last one as two mirrored angles. I like how treating the ends with the middle color of the bar next to it creates a bulging line. Or only playing the outer ends, having graduated shades of colors in the bars, or play with different colors. The bottom middle really plays with negative and positive space to form a strong O shape. Thanks for this versatile block Michelle!
My block is living in a green corner of my small row so I'm treating the shapes as a leaf idea. Two of the other green corners have leafy blocks with Autumnal and Clover.
My little butterfly that has rested on the leaf is from Sweet Pea & Lily with the little drawings next to it from Carolina Lilies. Thatched greens bookend the leaf.
Last week I had not blogged about my color studies. There was just a lot to catch up with at home plus needing more naps from Covid. Feeling much better but I'm behind on a couple of things. So this was my color study that I shared on the Moda Blockheads Facebook group for Block #26, POSTAGE STAMP!
This weet Postage Stamp is from Corey Yoder! The link is through her blog @CorianderQuilts. I think this would look adorable with "Forever" embroidered on it. Those little dashed edges would be cute as colored lines of playful hues. Corners the same color as the background make it round off the shape more.
A little orange stamp for my orange row. Abby Rose has a bud for the center!
And I've got a couple more small orange blocks from the bonus blocks that I had not posted yet. These are bonus block 6 STEP TO IT and bonus block 7 STAR TURN.
All of my orange and yellow blocks are made so I can start joining them. ONE MORE BLOCK TO GO! I have one space left in my big pink outer ring. Till next week...happy sewing!!
Ready to show some love? Well, Vanessa Goertzen's HEART quilt block will help you do just that! Visit Vanessa at https://blog.lellaboutique.com for the pattern and follow all her pretty Lellaboutique images on instagram https://www.instagram.com/lellaboutique/
This week's block just seemed to scream out for some pop-inspired colors with some super-graphics 70s vibe. I think of the roller skating rink with Donna Summers singing "I feel love" with those star points beaming out light around the heart. This would make the cutest tshirts!
My block for my sampler is in the large pink row and I've used a Mix of a print from Abby Rose with corners using broken lines from Painted Meadow. Four colors of Thatched (fuchsia, primrose, cranberry and sugar rose) mix in with the other pink blocks in the row.
Four spaces left to go! Based on what I have sewn so far, I have one big block left to go and 3 small ones (two orange and one green corner). When we get near the end of a sewalong I am so happy to finish, but also sad since the journey and sharing is so fun. Guess that means it will be time to start thinking about another one, right?
A little late here with my Blockheads post but I do have a legit excuse. Blame it on the Covid I contracted and my needing lots of naps. Doing better now and thought sharing late was better than never!
Last week's block was Outtakes from Vanessa Christenson of V&Co. Vanessa creates those beautiful ombre fabrics with luscious colors! I think her fabrics would be so pretty in the block she designed.
Visit Vanessa at https://vanessachristenson.com/blog/ or check out her feed on instagram
I like to squint my eyes to see what is popping out as the strongest element or is an overall feel in each of these. That all white center star really pops to me. I also like how it can also look like a visual illusion of corners zooming out at you. Such a fun block!
My Outtakes block will be the last of the four for my yellow center! I did not have the specialty ruler so I used the paper piecing for the star points, which worked well. I thought a little Dandi Annie puff ball was a fun center to use for this!
Here are my 4 yellow blocks together. I'm looking forward to getting this all joined!
Brenda Riddle brings us Gentleman's Fancy this week. Click the gray bar to be taken to her blog to see her lovely fabrics and designs!
Gentleman's Fancy has numerous angles, which is always lots of fun for color play. I can think of it like petals of a flower or have one dark and one light on the flying geese units to make more of a spinning/pinwheel look. Number 4 just draws you in to that dark center. And the last row plays with switching it up in the triangle corners to get a diagonal look or one that looks like a mouth open with teeth and tongue to me!
I usually don't sew blocks that I divide corner to corner first then sew on a side. I seem to be a little challenged when I do this with getting my corners lined up. This is probably one of my more wonky blocks but since it is the SECOND time I made it...I figured I'd live with the imperfections.
That's right...second time. The first time I made my orange block in a 9" size. Hmmmm. My orange row is all 4.5" sized blocks. So I thought, I'll just use it in the 9" row. Nope, those are pink/red/cranberry. So making the block again was the answer. Here's my duo:
Sherri McConnell brings us STAR PATCH for block #22 for Moda Blockheads. Visit Sherri's blog for the pattern and see all her wonderful tips and quilts.
The little 9-patch center can be a cute little checkerboards, a cross, radiating center. Corners look interesting in background white or carrying color out to the points. Emphasize the star points or the corners. I love the options on this block.
Another 9" block for the red/pink row with a little orange in the center to tie in with the orange row next to it. Painted Meadoww paisley makes the star points with fuchsia corner points.
I like combining the soft pinks with those stronger cranberry and fuchsia colors. A little print, a little Thatched and some Solana in the center.
Baubles, ornaments, pretty shiny things that twirl and spin...hello week 21 with "Shiny Bauble" from Janet Clare! Some paper piecing helps to make the top and bottom angles. Get the pattern through Janet.
I just played a little with the bauble this week and tried different colors for corners of interior blocks or making them the color of the top and bottom. Maybe a dark light combo like the last ones to look like a shadow is cast.
Red row for me with a 9" block. I went for scrappy happy energetic reds.
Will you make holiday ornaments? Or a court jester's playful object? Or colorful kid's top? Have fun with Shiny Bauble. We are nearing the end...keep on sewing!
"Stop Go" from Stacy Iest Hsu for this week's Moda Blockheads. This block feels so playful and fun. I love the little extra squares in the middle of some of the stop signs. Switching up some of the corner colors starts to make some star-like corners or checkerboard QuarterSquare Triangles where they meet. Play with colors in rows or make all the color play about the little corners with a random mix of party colors.
My block this week is for my large pink/red row. Those squares are a great place for using a scrappy mix of pinks from Abby Rose, Dandi Annie, and Painted Meadow. Since my theme is garden inspired, little yellow centers felt like the centers of flowers.
Need the pattern? Visit Stacy's blog:
Or visit the Moda PDF page here:
Here is the plan so far! I've been making my blocks and might rearrange once I see them together but this is probably pretty close to the arrangement. Have a fabulous week with sewing fun!
Last week was a visit with my lovely Mom for her birthday! So the blog didn't get done right on time. Sometimes life is like that, right? CROWNING GLORY is from Betsy Chutchian and can be found at her blog (https://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/) or through Moda's archives.
I did my color studies for the facebook group and got to posting here today!
My sewn block uses Painted Meadow, Abby Rose, Tulip Tango and Thatched. I love a good scrappy mix!
The NEXT block will be from me! So tune back in on Wednesday July 27th for more sewing fun.
Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms brings us block 17 for Moda Blockheads. It is called SHORELINE and uses half square triangles and stitch and flip corners to make a beautiful block. You can visit Camille's blog with the link below to get the free block pattern:
I like the star in the center and seeing it with color or reversed to background white. Corner squares can blend into a triangle shape for the block edges or the corners can stand out as contrasting squares. The darker pink can outline the center like a ribbon defining it or be mixed with gold to have a sparkly, almost kaleidoscope look. When we break up the colors by quadrant or sides it emphasizes the kaleidoscope feeling even more. Don't the last two look like light coming through a faceted or beveled glass window?
I used Thatched and Abby Rose for a rosy block that feels like it is a blooming pink flower. I'm tying in some of that Fuchsia that goes with the corner bud blocks for my quilt setting and keeping the Cranberry darker red to go with the background on those outer rows.
I love seeing the blocks on the Moda Blockheads facebook page as they pop up each week. One of the most interesting things about sewalongs is the sharing of our blocks and the fun fabric and color combinations we get to see from others. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!
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