I expect small pieces from Lisa Bongean and a learning opportunity! A few things about this block...triangle paper -yes. 7/8th ruler - yes. Lisa’s wisdom - yes.
I have this ruler that Lisa Bongean designed for Creative Grids. It has 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 markings in white and the 8th markings in black. I used the angle to line up and cut my squares into triangles as well. It is easier to keep track of those 3/8ths, 7/8ths, etc with this ruler.
Pay attention to those diagrams and instructions. Lisa recommends you starch your fabrics before cutting. I didn’t do that my first time through making these blocks and I should have. I say “first time” when it was really the second time since I made a mistake on joining my centers the first time and started over. Yes, I’ve made these more than once. My third go-round was doing the Thatched and prints mixed block (vs all Thatched). Then Lisa Bongean saw my blocks at Road to California and gave me some constructive criticism. 1. I should have starched my fabrics. 2. I should have shortened my stitch length and 3. I used the wrong thread color and it showed (cream thread with dark burgundy fabric= no, no). I appreciate honest feedback and I believe it when she says “I just want you to be the best you can be and improve.” I want that too. SO I made my block...again.
This image below shows old seams vs new, starched and dark thread seams. You can see the little light threads in the old one. I still probably needed to shorten the stitch length even more but I’ll save that change for my next Moda Blockhead Lisa Bongean pattern.
I also made the coral pink inside the block middle a little lighter. Tweaks. I keep learning.... Thanks Lisa for your wisdom and for sharing that knowledge! I appreciate it.
Follow along with the other Blockhead designers:
1.15 - Corey Yoder - https://corianderquilts.com/
1.22 - Sherri McConnell - https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
1.29 - Betsy Chutchian - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
2.5 - Jan Patek - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
2.12 - Brigitte Heitland - https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog
2.19 - Lisa Bongean - https://lisabongean.com/
2.26 - Lissa Alexander - http://modalissa.com/
3.4 - Laurie Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
3.11 - Vanessa Goertzen - https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/
3.18 - Stacy Iest Hsu - https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/
3.25 - Robin Pickens - https://www.robinpickens.com/
4.1 - Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
4.8 - Jen Kingwell - www.jenkingwelldesigns.com/blog
4.15 - Joanna Figueroa - https://blog.figtreeandcompany.com/
2/19/2020 01:39:54 pm
Wow, really appreciate you fessing up to your "mistakes"...it really helps all of us! Love all your blocks and 2 from each week, so ambitious!! Thank you MODA designers, what a fabulous group you are!
2/19/2020 07:53:11 pm
This is a great post... thanks for showing off my creative grid rulers!!! I just LOVE your burgundy backgrounds!!!!
2/20/2020 01:18:51 pm
Thanks for the many colorful pictures making the breakdown of block structure more clear to a new quilt piecer. I will also take advantage of added comments of starching and importance of ruler precision
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