Moda Block Heads 3-18 Alternative/ Lisa Bognean Top US Quilt Blogger

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 18- Alternate

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT:                 Martha Washington

Moda Block Heads 3-18 Alternative/ Lisa Bognean Top US Quilt Blogger Martha Washington 4″ Block

For this alternate block I just picked on of my favorite traditional blocks.  I remember as a new quilter drooling over this block thinking…I wish I could make this block…I knew it was way over my skills at the time.  But guess what?  With stitch-alongs like Moda Block Heads 3 you can build your skills really really fast…

We are so lucky today…with how much exposure we have to all things quilting and stitching…I remember the thing I looked forward to most was my quilt guild meeting where once a month I could get all kinds of inspiration.  Now it is everywhere! I love it of course, but how many of you remember those long days in-between before you would hang out with quilting friends and the two places we had were the guild meeting and the quilt shop!  I am feeling a little down, I just received word another retreat is cancelled for me….I MISS MY RETREATS with my students/friends.

Those of you who consider yourselves beginners I want to share some key things that are going to make you a better piecer…hands down.  It is so cool to be a quilter now…we can teach you so much everyday…

must haves to be a great Block Maker

STARCH YOUR FABRICS

CUT ACCURATELY -make sure you are using great quality rulers, yes some are way better than others.  Make sure you have plenty of light when cutting.  Cutting is so important.

NICE SEWING MACHINE I could not believe the difference in my stitching on a quality machine.  Make sure you can stitch a consistant 1/4″ seam allowance that when you stitch 3 strips of 1 1/2″x 3 1/2″  starched fabric together that middle strip measures 1″ and the whole block measures 3 1/2″. Adjust until it does.  If you can do it with a 1/4″ foot, or you need to stitch up against tape, however that may look.  You do not need to spend thousand and thousands of dollars for a great machine…but make sure it’s great quality.

Nice STEAM iron.…if your fabrics are starched they are pre shrunk…and the steam will not shrink them any further while piecing a block. Flat blocks make flat straight quilts.

These are really the most important, yes, there are many others important things but not quite as important as these…and yes this is my opinion…but watch how easy it is to make a 4″ finished block…I starch, cut everything to the correct size…no trimming down here…I only cut off dog ears when it’s time…and my blocks come out pretty reasonably well!

Here I am this morning making this block…yes…cutting and piecing was probably 20 min at the most…I know the video is  fast but you get the idea…also, I know it is not how fast you can do something…but when you want to make lots of things…time matters for me.  In my groups I am getting things like…I am still working on last years projects…so TIME saving is important!

Sorry this isn’t prettier, but I did add a link so you can print this off easily.

all cut sizes for MBH#-18Alt./Lisa Bognean top US quilt blogger Cutting Sizes for all Block sizes.

Click HERE to print a PDF of this Alternate Block

I have a great new facebook group called STITCH with Lisa Bongean, join us if you are not already a member...Today I am going to do a Facebook LIVE on our Summer Blocks of the Week...this is our biggest best-est Stitch Along we do…We do three kinds…scrappy pieced, wool applique and english paper piecing! If any of these pics below pique your interest…stop by (link above) today at 4pm CST. to see the SBOW blocks…and the FREEBIE!  If you are not on Facebook, I will be doing a whole post here with all the details soon!

Happy Friday Everyone…our Friday Give-Away will be during our LIVE event at 4pm CST.

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so, there may be other alternative blocks.
 

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MBH 3 Stitch Along Quilt Blocks- Block 18 & Christmas Carol Mystery

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Moda Block Heads 3 Wednesday!  Today’s block is another great quilt Block Moda Stitch along: Bird & Urn BY JAN PATEK!

Click HERE to get Jan’s pattern!

I will be sharing my ALTERNATE BLOCK on FRIDAY!

 

I also want to remind you to go and check out the newest block in the Christmas Carole Mystery Stitch Along! Click the link here….

SIMPLY PUT PLUS

Each block is a Christmas Song!

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STITCH ALONG BLOCKS/ LISA BONGEAN TOP US BLOGGER
AWAY IN THE MANGER

So you have two fun and free patterns today…one pieced block and another wool appliqué block

Have a great day everyone…

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

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Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 17!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: CROSSROADS

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 17 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3- Block 17

Click HERE to get Betsy’s pattern!

This is nice simple block…nothing fussy and somedays this is exactly what is needed..

 

I also want to remind you to go to Wooden Spool Designs today to check out the newest block in the Christmas Carole Mystery Stitch Along!  Each block is a Christmas Song!

Click this link join our Facebook Group as well.

 

So you have two fun and free patterns today…one pieced block and another wool appliqué block

Have a great day everyone…

 
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

Click this Icon to visit Primitive Gatherings!

primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!..Wait…when you don’t follow the rules you have to wait til Friday to post! 

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: dream 

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16, designed by Sherri McConnell…pieced by Lisa Bongean

I had to do it..I had to make 4 of these little blocks to make my 4″ block…I have so many little pieces in the blocks that it only makes sense to keep the little pieces all the way…I think this block is a Lisa Bongean’s Dream block…Thank you Sherri for naming it for me!  It is ALL Half Square Triangles…I love the number 3 therefore the HST is my dream unit.

My goal here is to show you how painless it is to stitch these little blocks using Triangle Papers…also keep in mind all my fabrics have been heavily STARCHED.  I think there is a misconception that just because they are tiny that they are fussy…really they are no big deal..

I used a total of 5 blues and one cream.

I figured out I need 16 HSTs A/B of the same two fabrics.( I had two extra when using the Charm Triangle paper shown)

I need 4 HSTs of A/B of each of 4 different fabrics…I used the same cream throught

I need 2 HST of C/D of four colors each…
Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.I picked out all my triangle papers…

4″ Dream – quilt block was made with all  Indigo Gatherings Fabrics

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.Layered the Triangle Papers with my fabrics…light on top, right sides together.

Stitched on all the dashed lines…with a shorter stitch length…I have put together some quick videos….lol

Watch how I cut them apart…

Pressing and sorting…

 

Layout the triangles to form blocks…I do not remove dog-ears at this point.

Chain piecing HSTs…I do not pin them…just match them up…

Flip seams  by finger pressing (it is easy b/c they are starched) and stitch together to form 4 patch HST units

 

Press and then trim all the strings and dogears…then Layout and stitch with larger HST uni… I do not pin.  Layout each block again to make sure you have the orientation right..  Press seams in opposing directions and stitch together to make the blocks…Make 4.

 

 

Press last seam in each block open.  Match up blocks and pin the center and each seam in the blocks and the ends. Stitch last block seam open as well.

 

I got too excited and forgot to video the last couple of seams…but here is the finished block again…

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16, designed by Sherri McConnell…pieced by Lisa Bongean

I hope you liked my quick videos…as you can see my block turned out pretty good!

Click the link below to get this week’s pattern and remember I made 4  of the blocks 2″ to make the 4″ block…the small triangles are 1/2″ and the larger are 1″. 

Click HERE to get Sherri’s pattern!

 
OH! and I almost forgot…the winner of last week’s Moda Block Head Book 1 is…
 
Hildy
I love your block! I just need to make this week’s block for this round 3 … now if we would talk about round 1 & 2 … let’s just say it’s still a work in progress;-)

 
Hildy..I have sent your email to Martingale and they will send you a digital book!
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!
 

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Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 & Giveaway!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: STARRY EYED
Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

My 4″ STARRY EYED- quilt block was made with   Urban Farmhouse Gatherings

How do you pick your fabrics for your blocks FOR YOUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT?

I started with two Layercakes…one of Urban Farmhouse & Indigo Gatherings

I have my unused 10″ layercake squares to the left…I have all the fabric that I have used in previous blocks in baggies sorted by color.  So I try to use a new fabric that I have not used before and then if I need just a little something I use one of previously used fabrics…

I start cutting and then laying out my pieces from A-to how many letters there are in the block…

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Planning what fabric to use in this block…

then I put all the fabrics on the design board to see if I like them…

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanNow… I think it looks OK…but what If I gave it a little more oommmph!

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanJust by changing one fabric I like it better…now…there is nothing wrong with the first attempt, but sometimes you need to play a little…

This week on all the designers blogs you can enter to win a Moda BlockHeads 1 Book!  The coolest quilt book publisher… Martigale… is sponsoring this today!  Winner will be picked on Monday!Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 15 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

And don’t forget to print your block 15 pattern from our Moda Block Head Quilt Along Project in this link below:

Click HERE to get Corey’s pattern!

Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit and enter their givea-way!

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Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT:
SUMMER BREEZE

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Lisa Bongean- MBH3-Block 14

My 4″ Summer Breeze- quilt block was made with   Urban Farmhouse Gatherings

Here are the sizes you need for the 4″ quilt along project block….

A– 4- 1″squares– SEE E

B– 4- 1 1/2″x 3 1/4″ rectangles of light and dark for HST as shown.- STITCH 16 HST per directions for the Triangle Papers.

C – 4- 1 3/8″ squares- cut in half once on the diagonal for 8 triangles

D -2- 1 7/8″ squares cut in half once on the diagonal

E– 2- 2 7/8″ square cut in half once on the diagonal. will only use one.  I cut the 4 1″ squares from the other half for A.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
All the pieces…

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanModa Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanModa Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 14: Summer Breeze featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanWhen you are lining up the pieced TRIANGLE with the non-pieced TRIANGLE, it is more important that the right angle corner is lined up…you can fudge the long angle with the seam allowance.  Follow the non-pieced triangle as true.  Do not force-match up the seams.

Thanks Joanna for such a fun block!  Visit the link below to get the pattern and see all the other tips, hints and projects that Joanna has for you!

Click HERE to get this week’s pattern!

Here is the list for our weekly quilt blocks:

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