Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blockheads? Moda Blockheads?

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Most of you who follow my work know that I don't usually do small quilts.
For instance this is Over the Meadow and its 82 x 98.
At the moment its available as a McCalls Quilt Along;.  If you want information on the quilt you can click here

While I love making bedsize quilts, lately I've really been taken with smaller quilts.  This is the backside of a Table Stand quilt "Moonlight Serenade" and it's made of four 6" blocks.  ( The front has a snowman, the birdhouse and bird.)

And the 6" blocks are what brings me to my latest love - a quilt made mostly of 6" blocks.
Carrie Nelson has done a great job of describing what the Blockheads are and what we're doing in the latest Moda Blog.   To quote her 

"Blockhead. noun block·head \ˈbläk-ˌhed\  A quilter who likes to make a wide variety of quilt blocks, who probably collects books filled with quilt blocks, who has lots of random quilt blocks but still wants to make more.
Does that sound like you?

I know five Blockheads.  They share a common bond in that they all love traditional and Reproduction fabric – they like to joke that they’re on the “dark side” of quilting.  Last Fall, they put their heads together and decided to create a Block of the Week – BOW – made with 6″ blocks.  They would each design eight blocks, swap the blocks and then share them with everybody else.  There will be forty-eight blocks with one posted every week starting in March.
The blocks will be available as free downloads."

So...................... I've been making 6 " blocks along with some help from a friend Amy Gertz.

And I'm designing a quilt in my head to use them and I'm getting pretty excited about it.
Here are my fellow Blockheads

Lynne Hagmeier
Betsy Chutchian.
Jo Morton.
Lisa Bongean.
& Carrie Nelson

And here's what I've decided to do with the blocks.
I'm going to design a medallion quilt - kind of.
The center block will be 18 or 24" with borders and the 6" blocks will surround it.
Lynne also asked me to design some 3" x 12" sashing strips with appliqué and they'll be in there to keep the quilt from being too "all in a row".  You'll also be able to download them at some time.
Anyway, my 6" appliqué blocks will be made of vintage Jan Patek fabric with some current fabrics mixed in and I will have a Fabric pack of those available just before the blocks start being posted in March.
The blocks Lynne designed will be made of her Thistle Farms fabric, Betsy's will be made of her Rachel Remembered, Lisa's of her Liberty Gatherings, Jo's of her Reflections line and Carrie's will be made of my Coral Bells line.  So when you shop pay attention to Fat Quarters and Fat 1/8 of those lines.  And Shops a good stock of Layer Cakes would be a great idea.  (These are Layer Cakes rolled up)

And another good thing to have in stock is 1" and 1/2" Triangle Square Paper.  
Lisa Bongean is an awesome designer but Amy and I have decided she must be a little OCD - wow, wait until you see her blocks.
I should be so crazy:)


  1. this sounds like a lot of fun. Am looking forward to it. Thanks

  2. Hi, Jan. Just want to note here that I want to get your fabric when it becomes available. I'm so excited about being a Blockhead!

  3. Looking forward to seeing your blocks!

  4. I can't wait! Looking forward to it.

  5. Can't wait for the sew-long to start!

  6. Ik ben zo benieuwd. Groeten Wilma

  7. Will you have a fabric pack to purchase?

  8. Will you send out an email so we get a reminder when your block is available?

  9. I'd love to buy your fabric for the Six BlockHeads weekly quilts.

  10. Where is the link to sign up to receive your blog by email, please?

  11. I should have read this before! I just ordered from Lisa and didn't order triangle paper in those sizes!
    And I think I got signed up for your blog.....can you check?
    Looking forward to this collaboration!

  12. Can't find where to sign up for your blog, please help.

  13. Still no Page 2 of the Beeskeep. I've checked all the links mentioned.