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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Moda Blockheads - Blocks 23 & 24

It seems I can't read
The Blocks last week were 21 & 22
not 20 and 21.

Anyway, this weeks 6" pieced blocks are 
Block #23 by Jo Morton

and

Block #24 by Sherry Mc Connell

you can to to Jo's instagram page to download 
her pattern by clicking here

and to Sherri's blog to download
her pattern by clicking here

If you follow my work at all, you know that I much
prefer applique to piecing.
And if you can count better than I did last week you
can see that there are 56 or 57 pieces in each
6" block.  This is not at all my cup of tea.


So I followed the example of fellow designer Lisa Bongean
and designed 2 Alternate blocks for us.
To download the pattern for the Angel Block click here.


To download the pattern for the Watering Can Block click here.

I won't go through all the steps for the appliqué because I did
most of the Freezer Paper steps last week.

Draw the head



Draw the pattern pieces on the matte side of the freezer paper
and cut out exactly on the line.  This is your stitching line.
Iron the shiny side of the paper to the appropriate fabric.
Cut the head circle and the hair with about 3/8 " seam allowance.


Clip the hair piece in the center up to the line


and stitch the hair to the head.


Trim the hair away from the top of the head.


Now do a running (or basting) stitch 
along the outer edge of the head. 


Put the paper pattern back into the 
fabric head and pull your thread until
the fabric fits snugly around the paper.
Backstitch and knot your thread.


Baste under the edge of the wings and dress.
Slip the wings under the top curve of the dress
and stitch to the dress.
Baste under the edges of the arm and appliqué to the dress.



Baste under the end of the dress and
the edges of the feet.
Slip the feet under the edge of the dress
and stitch to dress.


Appliqué the star in place.
for a tutorial on star - inside & outside points-
go to 
https://youtu.be/whsjyGgS1Y4


The 2nd Alternate block is a 6" Watering can.
Go to the top and click on the link 
to download the pattern.


After you've cut out the body of the can
appliqué the star in place, then baste under the 
sides, top and bottom of the can 


Cut out the handles


And baste under any ends that will slide under the body.


Cut the spout out of Freezer paper and fabric.
Do a running stitch around the outer edge of
the fabric like you did for the angel's head.
Put the paper back in and pull the thread until
the fabric is snugly around the paper.


Backstitch and knot the thread.


Baste under the edges of the spout and appliqué the
end in place.
Applique the handles and spout to the 
body of the watering can.


Now turn the fabric can over and dot with glue.
Clip inside curves on the handle and appliqué 
your Watering Can in place.



So now lets go see what the other designers 
have done with the blocks -

Lynne of Kansas Troubles
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister
Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic
Vanessa of Lella Boutique
Betsy Chutchian
Stacy lest Hsu
Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Carrie Nelson of Moda's Cutting Table
















8 comments:

  1. Thank you. Your alternante blocks are perfect for my fabrics line : Garden notes !

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  2. Thank u so much for the alternate blocks..love doing applique and these r adorable...

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  3. Thank you Jan! I’m excited to make your blocks for my quilt!

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  4. Love these two blocks! I enjoy both piecing and applique....but, when it comes to choosing between fighting to get teeny tiny pieces of fabric through my machine, or enjoying some nice relaxing hand stitching of applique....I prefer the applique a million time more! Thanks for the alternate blocks! :-)

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