Moda Blockheads Block 28

Boy the weeks just fly by…I don’t know if I like that or not…Time flies way to fast now… and here we are with another block…this week it is Jan’s turn again with a super cute pumpkin block… Visit her blog to get the pattern…Jan’s Blog

I wish I had time to make the pumpkin block before I left for Paducah KY, but I only had a small window of time so I did the alternative for the appliqué block…I am sure the others will have plenty of super cool pumpkins to show you so I thought the pieced block would be the best choice for those who cannot do the applique…or want an all pieced quilt.

I have to admit I thought this block was going to be really tough…but I had it all cut and pieced in 45 min. and it turned out AWESOME!!!!  I know you are going to roll your eyes at me and ask me…REALLY????? But you know you can do this…STARCH those fabrics COMPLETELY wet…let them dry naturally and then iron and cut…you will be amazed at the difference in your piecing…HERE is the pattern for pieced Block 28

This week’s question – Hand-Quilting – do you hand-quilt?  How frequently?  If so, do you have any tips to share?

Let me just say…I love to hand quilt…I still teach a “big stitch” hand quilting class at both my shops in WI & CA…I don’t do a lot of small fine hand quilting anymore…but maybe someday…when deadlines don’t come as fast!…lol…here are some photos of quilts I have big stitch hand quilted…..Like I said I have not fine quilted in a long, long, time…but have several quilts that I have beautifully done about  15 years ago, when quilting wasn’t my job…as far as do I have any tips?….I guess first if you have never hand quilted, I’d take a class…then I’d find a frame…a used one…you don’t have to buy one new…there are lots of them out there…mine is a Pleasant Mountain frame…Grace frames are nice too…ask at your guild, search on FB or Craigslist…this type of quilting shown here moves fast…you don’t want to be moving your hoop everyone couple of minutes…I have not looked at any of the videos out there to see if hand quilting can be taught with a video…I think someone needs to see what you are doing and then tell you what you need to adjust to get that needle to “rock” between those layers…and your hand without the needle has a job under the quilt…how do you show that on a video???  So I hope this helps you if you have thought about hand quilting your own quilts…I MISS and LOVE having a quilt on a frame that if I have a few blocks of time I can stitch…its wonderful…good for the soul.


I hope any of you affected by the hurricanes are not being overwhelmed by whatever they may have literally thrown at you…I cannot imagine my sewing room underwater, but I guess that all can be replaced…YOU are the most important and I am praying for everyone who is affected, my heart goes out to you all…

Happy Wednesday!!! LB

Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look at all the great pumpkins they have sewn for you…

13 responses to “Moda Blockheads Block 28”

  1. Nancy Pleimann Avatar
    Nancy Pleimann

    Lisa – What do you do the big stitch with? Floss or quilting thread? Thanks, Nancy P.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      12 wt. perle cotton

  2. Natalie Rogers Avatar
    Natalie Rogers

    I love your blocks, although some are quite a challenge. The baptist fan quilting is so pretty. I just finished (mostly) the Magic of Christmas quilt for my guild challenge. It was an initial challenge. NMR . red, Magic of Christmas, and the quilting Never ending feathered hearts. It is very pretty. Have one more side of binding to hand sew down. Love your patterns and your booth at quilt show at Maine Quilts is always my favorite. I hope the hubby is healing well. Blessings to your family. Natalie

  3. Elizabeth Avatar

    Absolutely love the big stitch! So wish we lived closer so I could take
    the class. Really beautiful, thanks for posting.

  4. kattails....kathy in WV Avatar

    I didn’t see any place to download alternate block 28 with the link provided. It’s such a beautiful block. The link just took me to a picture.

  5. Kim Avatar

    Love your big stitch quilting. That is on my to do list some day, I even purchased the acrylic fan templates from you.

  6. Barbara Nelson Avatar
    Barbara Nelson

    Lisa, this is so great to see your quilts with Big Stitch Quilting. My next one is on the frame. Ready to go. Barb

  7. Lori Avatar

    LOVE your big stitch quilting. Baptist fan is my favorite. I want to do big stitch quilting, but almost all of my fabric is starched and I’m hesitant to hand quilt it. I think it will be difficult to stitch. What are your thoughts on that? And what do use for your baptist fan arc’s?

    1. Lisa bongean Avatar
      Lisa bongean

      I find that by the time my quilt top is done the stiffness of the fabric has deminished significantly… I would see know problem big stitch quilting them…we make the acrylic baptism fan templates and sell them.

  8. fkbukaty Avatar

    I am in love with the pieced heart block in your photos. I have searched high and low for this pattern Do you know where I might be able to get it? Thanks so much!

  9. Judi Lovinger Avatar
    Judi Lovinger

    Hi Lisa…..I absolutely love the primitive heart shown in the quilting frame. Is there a pattern available? Or a kit?

  10. Joanne Witjes Avatar
    Joanne Witjes

    I’m trying to find block #23 not the alternative and I can’t get it on your blog. I there some other place that I can get it’ Thank you

  11. Dominique Avatar

    Hello Lisa, I love those big stichs , I’ll try with perle coton, so can you tell me where I can find this heart model ?Would be a nice project for friends just married..

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