Moda Blockheads 3 - Block Two and A Special Birthday

January 22, 2020

Block 2.  It was fun and fast, not quite as challenging as the first block.  Block 2 is brought to you by Sherri at A Quilting Life, instructions here.
12" block. 
 I stuck with the same fabric groups...Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and Little Gatherings by Lisa Bongean and Off White Bella Solid. I love the soothing feel of the colors. Looking forward to making this a quilt!

Now the block is comprised of 12 half-square triangles. You can pick your poison on how you want to make them. The pattern also provides a method. If I was making one of the smaller sized blocks, especially the 4" that Lisa Bongean is doing, then I would use triangle papers...you have to really...or commit to going crazy. :-) However, since I am making 12" blocks, I went with making my HSTs a bit oversized and then trimming them down using the Bloc-Loc ruler.

I love these rulers for HSTs or Flying Geese blocks. The size I needed was 3.5" unfinished HSTs. There is a ruler that is that exact size, but I prefer to go with the ruler a size bigger.
I just find the 3.5" markings on the ruler. I find I have the best results this way because my HSTs stays put under a bit bigger ruler as I am trimming the excess.
I use my pinky finger and thumb to help keep my ruler in place. No teetering or sliding around. That seems to work best for me.
I trim 2 sides and then rotate my block around and trim the remaining two sides.
I end up with a perfect 3.5" HSTs. Again, I have starched my fabric, air dry completely then steam iron PRIOR to any cutting. Makes the fabric so easy to work with. The blocks end up accurate and not wonky.
I always use a ton of steam when I am pressing blocks too.
I love my wool mat for pressing. My current favorite iron of choice is the Velocity. A friend had one I tried at a retreat and I fell in love. I have had it nearly a year and so far, so good. I do not leave water in it overnight. I also have a smaller wool mat for quick pressing right next to where I am sewing or to carry blocks to my larger pressing area.
Last, but certainly not least, it is my baby girls' birthday today! 19 years old! This is their first birthday we are not spending with them as they are away in their Freshman year of college and busy doing college-y things. :-) We will celebrate on another day. Those of you that have been here from the beginning, may remember that when I started here they were in elementary school! 4th grade...time flies! I thought I would share a few pics from their Senior pics taken on a few of my antique red and white quilts.


I have seen many friends joining in on the Blockhead fun!



Moda Blockheads 3 - Block One

January 15, 2020

Welcome 2020! Once again, I am trying to start the new year with a new blog post. I have decided to jump on the Moda Blockhead Train and join on the Moda Blockheads 3. Sounds like such fun! I am new to this except for I quilted Lisa Bongean's version of the first Blockhead sew-a-long here. If you are also new to this (late to the party like myself), I will give a quick and by no means detailed explanation, but basically a group of Moda designers design one block a week and post instructions to piece the block. You can choose the size block and setting...I believe. I think this round of Blockheads is 56 blocks. I am thinking this will help me post more frequently here. :-)

Friends, if you have been reading my blog, you know I love to piece as much as I love to machine quilt. Sometimes I struggle to find time to piece my own things, but when I do, I enjoy it so! So I decided to go with 12" blocks for my quilt.

Not sure what setting I will go with yet, but I am guessing I will have a king size quilt when I am finished. I opted for Lisa Bongean's fabric of Urban Farmhouse Gatherings cuz I just LOVE the fabrics and a bundle of Little Gatherings, also by Lisa Bongean. I have been saving (coveting) my bundle of Little Gatherings for just the right project. I think this fabric line may be 10 years old...is that considered vintage yet?? lol

Today is the first day of Blockheads and the first block with PDF is designed by Corey Yoder here
There is also so Moda Blockheads FaceBook Group, a wealth of details in the group.
I think the block went together easy peasy.
I love the combination of the two fabric groups.
Now, I prepped all my fabric first with a healthy dose of starch prior to today.
And I added Moda Bella Solids in Off White to my fabric mix (background).

 I always starch my fabric wet, air dry and then iron with steam on a good wool mat. Like the ones available here. 

I am looking forward to every Wednesday when a new block is posted on the designer's blog! And keeping this blog up to date on what I am up to. I hope you will all join in on the fun. Cheers to 2020, Friends!