MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 - BLOCK 1
Lets get started with Moda Blockheads 3! Our first block is designed by Corey Yoder and is called "Star Chain." I mentioned in my posts before that I was going to use Thatched basics for making my blocks. This first block is using Crimson 43 for the background red. Outer center triangles are Rose 13. Dark pieces are Cranberry 118 and the light pink is the Thatched print that went with Dandi Annie.
I'm trying to do my blocks in both Thatched-only and in Thatched mixed with prints from some of my collections. The first block I made was the purely Thatched one and I had a few stumbles along the way. For the second block with the prints I READ THE DIRECTIONS and was able to make a more accurate block.
I found it hard to know where to line up my triangles for the center point when adding them onto the diamond square. I have to admit I often like to take the short route and I don't pin much. My "guesses" on mid point when adding the second triangle sometimes left me with uneven pieces and sides for sewing seams.
Perhaps I could have found some tips by googling it or something, but I resolved my issue by finger pressing two sides of the square in half, and the long end of the triangle in half, before joining either. That way, once the first triangle was added, I already knew where the triangle and square center point was to line up the next piece accurately. AND since I ended up ironing out the finger presssed crease after attaching the first triangle, I decided making a pencil mark was a better way to mark the square.
This gave me a MUCH better result with even edges.
With the second block I also followed Corey's arrows to show which direction to press the block pieces. The entire block lined up well when I finally followed those instructions! However, I still added one whole row to the top upside down and had to rip that out and flip it to the correct side. I figure I'll make all my errors on the first blocks, right? Somehow I have a feeling I will be friends with my seam ripper numerous times as I embark on this journey. But that also means I am learning and stretching my skill set to new levels. I think it a universal understanding of quilters that mistakes, um, I mean "opportunities" help to make us better quilters.
Check back next Wednesday for my Thatched and Thatched/scrappy blocks for week 2. If you want more info on my colors and my overall plan, check out yesterday's post My Plan for Moda Blockheads 3. And visit the other Blockheads 3 designers to see their blocks and progress too!
Corey Yoder - https://corianderquilts.com/
Sherri McConnell - https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Betsy Chutchian - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Jan Patek - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Brigitte Heitland - https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog
Lisa Bongean - https://lisabongean.com/
Lissa Alexander - http://modalissa.com/
Laurie Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
Vanessa Goertzen - https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/
Stacy Iest Hsu - https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/
Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Jen Kingwell - www.jenkingwelldesigns.com/blog
Joanna Figueroa - https://blog.figtreeandcompany.com/
1/15/2020 07:28:07 am
Thank you for your tip on centering the triangles! Oh...and actually reading/following the instructions. LOL I know how us quilters are sometimes about directions. Your blocks came out perfectly! I have my fabric selection made and decided on a different designer, but I am still toying with making a 2nd BH3 quilt using Dear Mum. I just can't seem to get that fabric out of my mind. :) Happy sewing!
1/15/2020 09:40:22 pm
Your sewing tips are giving me confidence to tackle this project with fabric tomorrow! I am a big fan of the Thatched plus prints version of your block. I am intrigued by your idea of varying the white balance. Is anyone else filling pages with sketches to make their decisions? My son (2) kept me entertained as we shared crayons this morning. Wednesdays will be art in the am this year thanks to the Moda Blockheads!
1/21/2020 12:36:09 am
Leah, if you can do your coloring and planning along with your son then that is a real win-win! Color on!!
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