Blockhead #3

“Kougin Amman” by Laurie Simpson is this week’s block for Moda Blockheads.

 

My block is 9 inches square. I told you that I will mix the different block sizes and I plan to do a layout inspired by Robin Picken’s “Square Garden” but changing the corners and some other bits.

If you want to sew the Blockheads as well (and want to know where the name of the block comes from) go to Laurie Simpson’s blog for the pdf pattern and sewing tips and join the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group where you will find the new block each week.

 

Moda Blockheads

After last year’s break Moda is back with their Blockheads. For the fourth time the company asked their designers to prepare a block and write the pattern for it. It’s a sew-along that will last for 28 weeks – so you will get 28 blocks with some bonus blocks in between.

And (of course) I couldn’t resist to join the party. Last year I bought this colorful fat-quarter-bundle and some light grey (background) fabric of the same fabric line and I think it will be perfect for this year’s Blockheads.

And (as every time) I have the intention of sewing all blocks and finishing the quilt (fingers crossed here).

This is Blockhead 1 called “Square Wheel” by Lynne Hagmeier

Each block is given in a 9″ and a 4½” size and I intend to mix them. This block is 9 inches square.

Go to Lynne Hagmeier’s blog for the pdf pattern and sewing tips.

And if you want to join the fun the best way is to go to the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group where you will find the new block each week and a lot of inspiration in between. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

BOM 2021: Bonusblock Star #13

As promised there is a bonus block and here it is

I really love this block. Sewn a little bit larger it would also be a perfect little wallhanging – maybe with the center pink square made out of 4 little stars similar to the pink one. Hmmm … there might be a miniquilt in my future.

But now let’s start sewing the block.

Cutting

From the lightblue fabric cut
2 squares 3⅞ x 3⅞ inches (10,5 x 10,5 cm), cut both of them diagonally to get 4 triangles.

From the yellow fabric cut
1 square 4¼ x 4¼ inches (11,75 x 11,75 cm), cut this square on both diagonals into 4 triangles
1 square 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
1 square 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm), cut diagonally to get 2 triangles

From the pink fabric cut
2 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
1 square 3 x 3 inches (7 x 7 cm)
1 square 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm), cut diagonally into 2 triangles

From the darkblue background fabric cut
1 square 4¼ x 4¼ inches (11,75 x 11,75 cm), cut this square on both diagonals into 4 triangles
4 squares 3½ x 3½ inches (9,5 x 9,5 cm)

Sewing

Sew together a darkblue and a large yellow triangle as shown in the pichture below. Make 4 units.

Join 2 of these with a lightblue triangle along the long side.

Take one of the pink squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm) and mark a diagonal line on the backside of the fabric.

Lay this square on a lightblue triangle, right sides together, as shown in the picture below. Sew on the marked line.

Cut off the corner leaving ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance and press the pink triangle to the outside. You get a two-colored triangle.

Join this triangle with a yellow-darkblue one on the long side.

The fourth point of the star is a little bit trickier. Take the pink square 3 x 3 inches (7 x 7 cm) and mark the seam allowance (¼ inch or 7,5 mm) on the right side of the square.

Take a lightblue triangle and mark a sewing line measuring 1¾ inches (4,75 cm) from the 90°corner.

Now lay the pink square onto the blue triangle as shown in the picture below (right sides together) and pin the two patches together exactely on the marked sewing lines on both pieces.

Sew on the marked line.

Turn the pink square and check that it covers the lightblue triangle til the end. Press the pink square outward.

Turn over and cut the pink square to the size of the lightblue triangle. Then cut away the lightblue triangle covered by the pink one (leaving a seam allowance). Now you have a two-colored triangle.

Join this with the last yellow-darkblue triangle.

Sew together 2 pink and 2 yellow triangles to get 2 squares.

Join these 2 squares and the remaining yellow and pink squares into a 4patch.

Now you have 9 squares.

Joint these into rows and then into the finished block.

Take 4 of the strips 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.