Blockheads Block #4

Today is week #4 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 QUILT ALONG! Did you enjoy the third block last week? Hopefully with a block a week, lots of you guys are keeping up.

So for this week, the lovely Jan… has given us a fabulous little applique birdhouse block. Its very cute and would look like this if we were to do it in our colors… We would add a few more leaves for a bit more greenery and make the bird a tiny bit bigger. Seeing this in our colors, actually kind of made me want to stitch it!

If we were to do it for our all red and cream quilt, we would probably use a variety of shades of softer and darker reds and make it look something like this…

I would choose the 6″ or 8″ size. I use starch method of applique and will share that with you in a completely separate post later today. I want to keep that separate so that it is easy to find later on.

But since we weren’t really up for the applique, we decided to make a little house block instead. Come back on Friday and we will share it and the instructions with you!

If you are wondering why we are waiting until Friday, it is because we want to give everyone a chance to see Jan’s block first and for those of you appliquers out there, a chance to make it first!


We have had a lot of questions about this already so I thought adding all the info to a blog post might be the best idea…

As you might know, Red and Cream is one of my all time favorite color combos for a quilt. They are perfect for Christmas, for Valentines Day, for Patriotic Holidays and are classic just all around and can always be out if you prefer. Its just a “cant go wrong” combination in my opinion!

So this year when I was invited to participate in the MODA Blockheads Sampler adventure, it wasn’t a hard choice to decide that our palette would be RED AND CREAM. We provided some red and some cream bundles last week and have another one up available for you now. If you are unable to find one, email us and we will see what we can come up with for you!

Explaining the BLOCKHEADS: MODA BLOCKHEADS is a program that is now its 3rd year and basically provides a pattern a week for the entire year. You choose your own palette and choose which patterns you want to make each week and sew along through out the year. Lots and lots of people participate in a huge variety of styles and fabric collections. For those of you who want to follow along in their facebook group, here is the link… Just cut and paste it into your browser.

We have never participated before since our schedule is kinda nuts but decided that this would be the year we would give it a whirl and work on our own version of a quilt along with so many others.

So each week we will post our version of the BLOCKHEADS BLOCK for that week here on our blog. We will give you guys any tips that we have for piecing and constructions and we will tell you which of the size options we are making. We have a general layout in mind and we will share that with you guys too once we start so you can see if you want to work along with us. You can of course work along with us and choose your own palette. The world is your oyster!

Here is a list of all the designers participating this year in the order that they will post their weekly blocks…

Corey Yoder –
Sherri McConnell –
Last week: Betsy Chutchian –

This week: Jan Patek –

Brigitte Heitland –
Lisa Bongean –
Lissa Alexander –
Laurie Simpson –
Vanessa Goertzen –
Stacy Iest Hsu –
Robin Pickens –
Janet Clare –
Jen Kingwell –
And last but not least, me :-)!

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  1. Mary | 5th Feb 20

    Love this! I like your changes to the pattern a lot.

    • | 6th Feb 20

      So happy to hear you find it helpful!

  2. Liz Meredith | 5th Feb 20

    Thanks so much for doing the colour layouts for the birdhouse!

    • | 6th Feb 20

      You are so very welcome!

  3. Florence | 5th Feb 20

    Blockheads just looks little bit cheerier in fig tree fabrics, doesn’t it?

    • | 6th Feb 20

      I think it does 🙂

  4. Susan N Oler | 5th Feb 20

    Love this red and cream bundle, but cannot find it in your shop or in your Kits and Bundles. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

    • | 6th Feb 20

      At this point it is only available through a private link. Email us please!

  5. Diana Marlow | 3rd Mar 20

    Where do I find your appliqué pieces for this block. I simply love it!

    • | 3rd Mar 20

      Follow the link in the post… thanks!

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