Happy Moda Blockheads Wednesday and happy GIVEAWAY NEWS! First, the block! We are starting ROUND 2 of the blocks from the 14 designers. This week's block is STARRY EYED by Corey Yoder. You can get the block pattern on Corey's bog.
I am busy pulling colors today for another project but will get to sewing, hopefully this afternoon! Once I have my block I'll post an update here. But for my start, I did some color studies with the block to figure out what I am doing.
I am doing a block that will live on the blue stripe of my rainbow row quilt. I sometimes pull colors from the other rows in to the blocks in bits and pieces and since the blue and green are next to each other I could put in some green accents too. I liked the idea of making a little optical illusion on that top left one by having a light blue next to a medium blue in the outer ring of quarter square triangles. I feel like it gives it a shaddow look, as if the sun were coming from the left and casting a shadow on 3-dimensional diamonds.
On the block to the right, the four quadrants are each home to blue or green families with a light white and gray center that sets them off. And green takes more prominence in the lower left. This is too much green for my blue row, however I like how graphic and strong this one looks. And the last one is the idea of lightness emanating from the center, with the quarter square triangles and stitch and flip triangles making the directional rays reaching out into the dark. I also really like the strength of this block but I wonder if it will pull TOO much attention since that light radiating center is so focused. Which one to make? I make a plan like this and the blocks do evolve a bit on their own as I sew and depending on my fabric scraps.
But while I am figuring that out, I wanted to share my mockups and also let you start entering the MODA BLOCKHEADS BOOK GIVEAWAY from Martingale Publishing! There are a couple versions you can possibly win. Martingale is giving away a PRINTED book and you can leave a message on their page (click the box below) AND you can possibly win a digital version of the book from one of this year's Moda Blockhead designers! Each of us has our own giveaway to do with a digital version of the book from Blockheads 1!
I started doing Blockheads, sewing along and not as one of the designers, on Blockheads 2. So I am also really excited about this book since I haven't made these blocks yet! And no, I can't win my own giveaway. That would be cheating! But one of you can!
How to enter my digital giveaway of Moda Blockheads 1 book from Martingale? Leave me a message below in the comments about what you have learned so far doing Blockheads. Doesn't have to be long. One thing I've learned is how much I like my different seam rippers! Ha, ha, I'm sure some of you can relate. I do like how I've tried new things and learned so much (triangle paper, applique techniques to name a couple).
I will pick a winner next Wednesday morning, just in time for the next block from Sherri McConnell.
Here's a couple more images to get you excited for the book!
Check out the other Blockheads designers to see how to enter for more chances to win a digital book!
Happy sewing everyone!
4.22 – Corey Yoder <–this week's designer and pattern blog
4.29 – Sherri McConnell
5.6 – Betsy Chutchian
5.13 – Jan Patek
5.20 – Brigitte Heitland
5.27 – Lisa Bongean
6.03 – Lissa Alexander
6.10 – Laurie Simpson
6.17– Vanessa Goertzen
6.24 – Stacy Iest Hsu
7.1 – Robin Pickens
7.8 – Janet Clare
7.15 – Jen Kingwell
7.22 – Joanna Figueroa
4/22/2020 10:13:22 am
I had never starched my quilt fabric...ever. I still don’t starch all of it, but for very intricate blocks, Best Press has become a friend of mine!
4/22/2020 10:15:42 am
Laura, I'm the same. I didn't starch before but now I do for the small ones! And I usually use Best Press as well :)
4/22/2020 10:14:54 am
I have learned to be patient with the small pieces. I’m doing 6” right now and have I’m loving it.
4/22/2020 10:16:17 am
Trudy, the small ones are SO cute!!
4/22/2020 10:36:34 am
I have alway dread triangles. But really starting to enjoy them. Sick I know 🤣thanks for pushing me
4/22/2020 10:37:52 am
I am learning patience with small pieces--and that I love them! Also I'm learning to love the process of adding an "unknown" new block each week.
4/22/2020 10:47:07 am
I learned that I can be accurate! Progress! Now I need to learn how to press my blocks so they look like a steamroller just drove over them. 😅
4/22/2020 11:01:04 am
Color choices make such a difference in the appearance of a block
4/22/2020 11:12:27 am
I have learned that I can do so many designs I didn’t think I could and I have also learned I love 6” blocks where i had decided at the beginning of this I couldn’t do. There is one design I tried for a Christmas table runner last November and quickly gave up and did something easier. Recently, I did the same pattern in a 6”!
4/22/2020 11:31:40 am
I love the instructions are given for different sizes with each of the patterns
4/22/2020 11:50:04 am
I am learning patience with small pieces, so thankful for starch! I love all the tips, tricks & creativity of all the designers. Thank you so much for sharing your talents! I would love to win a copy of this book.
4/22/2020 11:54:21 am
I LOVE that it's something new each week, and it always takes me out of my comfort zone. I keep at it until I think it is appropriate. Thank you all designers for the inspirations.
4/22/2020 11:58:42 am
Have learned a new way to do flying geese, and leaving 1/4" at top when cutting. Doesn't cut off the points! The importance of cutting/sewing accurately!
4/22/2020 12:07:46 pm
I've really enjoyed the blockheads site and all of the designers!
4/22/2020 12:18:48 pm
I've learned how to collect (not sew) patterns! I will be planning to make this one n the future, and based on the patterns, I will be starching. I DID learn that in the first round! I loved how that made my fabrics behave when I had a lot of small pieces.
4/22/2020 12:40:03 pm
I have learned so much about color. I am quarantined and challenged my self in BH3 to use scraps. I’ve only had to buy a little yardage to perk up my stash. I love visiting the designers blogs and seeing how each of you used your fabric line to put together these blocks. I’ve learned to be much more precise with my piecing and cutting.
4/22/2020 12:40:27 pm
I have learnt how many wonderful designers there is. And how the different designs can all so unique with the beautiful collections available.
4/22/2020 12:41:55 pm
I am a beg just learning.There are so many taldesigbers here,I just hope I can actually make a quilt some day.Winning this book would be an inspiration.
4/22/2020 12:43:52 pm
I’ve learned to read the pattern thoroughly before starting. And then read it again. Saves me time from having quality time with Jack if I do! 😱🤪😁
Melissa J AHLERS
4/22/2020 12:46:22 pm
Relax and enjoy the process, have fun and look at each block as a new challenge.
4/22/2020 01:37:58 pm
Almost all of the comments apply for me. I can do it, I can do it, Yes I can
4/22/2020 02:02:50 pm
I have learned how to use my rulers much better
4/22/2020 02:02:58 pm
Robin I've learned to experiment with colour more. I don't have to colour match the designers block. It makes such a difference to the overall quilt.
4/22/2020 02:08:09 pm
All the blocks are beautiful. Great color variations from different posts!
4/22/2020 02:26:54 pm
Accuracy on my seams! That is my main lesson learned!
4/22/2020 02:39:12 pm
I am a new quilter so i'm learning everything!
4/22/2020 02:40:39 pm
I enjoy seeing how you are using the blocks. You have a unique style.
Carol L Johnson
4/22/2020 02:42:09 pm
I have just started looking at Moda Blockheads, and I have learned a lot about the grids required for designing a block of a certain size. I'm in the process of making a sampler of 12 inch blocks, and this looks like a treasure trove of ideas for me. I have 5 more blocks to make, and choosing will not be easy. I'd love to catch up on this phenomenon by winning the e book!
4/22/2020 02:57:27 pm
I now realize that starch is my friend, especially with small pieces!
4/22/2020 03:15:25 pm
I have loved the Moda Blockheads 3 ! I have learned to not be so intimidated by the block , after breaking it down . Thank you designers !
4/22/2020 03:25:16 pm
I am enjoying the challenge in making the 8" blocks. I have tried different techniques to see which one I like best.
4/22/2020 03:35:06 pm
Oh how much I love my best press! What are your seam ripper recommendations? Top 3?
4/22/2020 03:55:29 pm
Heavy starch is my friend.
4/22/2020 04:01:55 pm
I learned that QAL format has been really helpful for my productivity!
4/22/2020 04:05:22 pm
As much as I love the look of the cute little 4" blocks I know I prefer piecing those larger blocks. I am also trying different new techniques when piecing similar units like half square or quarter square triangles!
4/22/2020 04:23:40 pm
I learned how to paper piece. I’m pretty good at it and have learned not to be scared to try new things.
4/22/2020 04:36:26 pm
The hugest learning experience with Moda Blockheads is how many just plain awesome colorways can be developed. What a group of artists!
4/22/2020 05:34:38 pm
I’ve learned so much! I can do a new block each week, that paper piecing is fun and that seeing others’ take on the same block is inspiring and motivating! Thanks for being part of the design team!
4/22/2020 05:40:36 pm
I love the examples posted by the participants, showing all the possibilities for each block. Plus, I love the tips that quilters give. I have learned that I like triangle papers!
4/22/2020 05:57:38 pm
I’m learning LOTS of new things. Paper piecing and appliqué I always avoided before I started blockheads3. The most useful thing I’ve learned is accurate seam allowance. My heart goes out to everyone doing 4 inch blocks. I’ll get there but not yet.
4/22/2020 06:08:20 pm
Taking the time to be accurate is well worth it. I am so happy with all my blocks so far. Some are a challenge but that is how we learn, while having fun!
4/22/2020 06:41:25 pm
I've learned to be more flexible in the kinds of blocks I like. I am making blocks I probably wouldn't normally make, and finding out I like them after all!
4/22/2020 06:44:40 pm
hi - I am doing 6" blocks so I have had to become very accurate with these small pieces - I have learned how the designers have so many variations of the same block and how different each one is. I never really thought too much how the same block can look so different depending on where you place your fabrics.
4/22/2020 07:03:57 pm
I am learning so many things but mainly to just enjoy each block as it comes together and enjoy the process.
4/22/2020 07:23:13 pm
Fabric choice can make or break the block.
4/22/2020 07:52:02 pm
I'm learning to work with color in solids only. Also, I've had a good lesson in using liquid starch from a bottle that I get to dilute and spray or soak myself. Both have been eye opening.
4/22/2020 07:56:32 pm
I have learned how different the same block can look when made up in various or by changing the placement of the lights and darks. Thank you for sharing your color studies; those are very inspiring.
Jeannette de Strake
4/22/2020 08:32:19 pm
Just love Wednesday morning. While having to staying home it’s nice to get that surprise first thing in the morning.
4/22/2020 08:48:06 pm
I have learned to be patient and to not be hard on myself and to know before I start a block that it is possible.
4/22/2020 09:04:43 pm
Choose colors wisely and accuracy counts.
4/22/2020 09:22:53 pm
Not only did I start using starch with Block Heads, but I also realized/learned that starch shrinks my precuts (I didn't even think about it until my blocks weren't going together correctly). Thank you for my fav block so far.. #11!!
4/22/2020 10:02:00 pm
I have learned not to be afraid to sew HST's on the diagonal.
4/22/2020 11:53:02 pm
I've learned easier ways to sew flying geese, hst's
4/23/2020 03:03:27 am
I have discovered I much prefer pieced blocks to appliqué no matter the size of the block
4/23/2020 04:11:42 am
I’ve learned to take my time with the new blocks and enjoy the process.
4/23/2020 04:25:31 am
I have learned to step outside my box and try new color/pattern combos!
4/23/2020 04:33:08 am
I have never paper pieced, so it is interesting to learn new techniques. Seeing other quilters blocks, has really helped me with color choices and placement within a block. Always learning!
4/23/2020 04:53:40 am
I've learned how to FPP - that and patience. I wanted to say thank you for the color stories for the blocks. It really helps me visualize how to work the block!
4/23/2020 05:05:18 am
I've learned all the different possibilities of one block, just by switching colors! I really enjoy looking at everyones interpretation! Thanks
4/23/2020 05:26:53 am
I'm new to quilting so BH3 is helping me learn so much about the whole process; fabric selection, color choices, cutting, piecing, accuracy with stitching my seams, pressing, applique (not my favorite) and paper piecing (just did the last block using freezer paper. So much easier!). Loving it all!
4/23/2020 05:30:25 am
I am making my blocks in red and white fabrics and I have learned I need MORE fabric! Kinda hard to do when all shops are closed due to Our quarantine...yikes! I am making do and enjoying the process. Thank you for being apart of Moda block heads 3. I like your block color ways💁♀️😊🧵 hugs 🤗
4/23/2020 05:41:29 am
I’ve learned that I prefer making smaller blocks to bigger blocks and they come out better. In order to make them STARCH. I fought the starch because I knew once I tried it, there would be no going back. Moda Blockheads has for sure made me a better quilter.
4/23/2020 09:02:09 am
I'm new to Blockheads, and I'm loving it! Thanks to all the creators for sharing your talents we us. I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from you!
4/23/2020 01:06:27 pm
Accuracy.....and a large dollop of patience!
4/23/2020 02:17:22 pm
I am learning to be patient...turns out you can’t WILL Wednesdays to come around any quicker! Also learning I’ll have enough scraps to make MBH quilts every year for several years before I make a dent!
4/23/2020 03:11:31 pm
I have learned to starch fabric. I always declined to do it because I was not wanting to spend the time on that additional step.
4/23/2020 05:30:32 pm
Blockheads have given me a chance to relearn piecing skill I had let get very rusty. I have enjoyed the variety and challenge of the different blocks. Also very interesting to see different methods of piecing block and different color choices on various designers blogs, I’ve learned a lot. This is a great program. Thank you
4/23/2020 06:03:12 pm
I just discovered this group, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Looking forward to learning new things.
4/24/2020 12:03:30 am
I have learn to be more precise in cutting and quarter inch seams to get my points perfect. love all the different blocks and techniques.
4/24/2020 04:00:02 am
I have learned to do cutting and prepping when I have larger blocks of time available. I leave the prepped stacks next to my machine and am able to sneak in a bit of sewing even on my busiest days. Every little bit makes good progress!
4/24/2020 05:01:37 am
I have learned to use smaller rulers and to measure each step as I go along when piecing my blocks. I am getting better blocks and much more accurate blocks now! I am really enjoying it and I appreciate the designer’s work and everyone’s help and encouragement.
4/24/2020 05:57:10 am
I am learning patience because I am trying to decide which six blocks to use for a guild sampler challenge due in December.
4/24/2020 12:14:00 pm
I've learned that just one pattern can yield an unbelievable number of variations just depending on fabric and value placement!
4/24/2020 04:12:36 pm
I've certainly learned that I am hopeless when it comes to working with small pieces and that I need to improve my accuracy in both cutting and sewing. All in all, I'm a mess!
4/24/2020 10:05:13 pm
Measure twice cut once, words to sew by.
4/27/2020 01:22:40 am
I have learnt what a lovely group of ladies there are on this site and how everyone is very willing to help someone out with a problem and to be very encouraging it’s wonderful I’m loving the challenge
4/27/2020 02:24:58 am
Blockheads 3 is my first quilt along. I have enjoyed learning new styles and techniques, but my favorite thing is the insider tips and color options from the different designers on each block. Each of the designers has a different way of approaching it, and it is very educational for me!
4/27/2020 06:58:41 am
I'm always learning something to help me improve my quilting! I've become more "reckless" with trying to match up fabrics and color and just go with the flow of what the fabrics tell me! Loving it all!
4/28/2020 01:44:56 pm
I love how the block designs challenge me to use basic skills in a more challenging way; to combine elements that I wouldn’t have thought of prior to seeing the complete design. I am inspired to think outside my comfort zone and be more creative!
4/29/2020 07:46:55 am
I am fairly new to quilting so getting videos with the blocks has been extremely helpful. I also learned I am not fast at cutting!
2/1/2023 08:42:13 am
I just discovered your blog and am getting started on this quilt…looking forward to the challenge
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