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MODA BLOCKHEADS: BLOCK 6

Welcome to Week #6 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. This week is brought to you by the lovely Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. She is the queen of the 4″ blocks for BLOCKHEADS so this block is definitely not for the faint of heart. Put “your big girl panties on” as they say and get started on all of those half square triangles! It is a beauty of a block once you are all done! Go over to her blog to check out her version and get all of the directions and see how she does ½ square triangles, CLICK HERE . There are so many different color variations you could do on this block that would create a completely different block. If I get a minute this week, I will color these in a few different ways to show you. Since we are working in all reds…

The LOVE block a la Fig Tree

For those of you who wanted to try a bit more traditional version of Brigitte’s fabulous LOVE block for this weeks MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG, we promised we would post our version today. If you want the whole backstory, then just scroll through our last couple of blog posts! If you read my post on Wednesday, you will know that I talked about this LOVE stamp as a childhood memory. And my friend Greg from told me a little bit more about the history. I had no idea! Did you guys know that it was created in honor of a “…famous sculpture sculpture by artist Robert Indiana in 1970, based on his greeting card design for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Robert Indiana was from… Indiana! And the sculpture lives at a museum in Indianapolis. There is also a copy in NYC” said…

MODA BLOCKHEADS: THE LOVE BLOCK REVISITED

Welcome to Week #5 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. So this week, Brigitte has brought us a unique modern version of “THE LOVE BLOCK”… as I like to call it. Go over to her blog to check out her version and perhaps even join her giveaway, CLICK HERE . Isn’t it fun? Even though we are doing our own version, we decided not to change it up too much this time around, just making it a bit more traditional… something that would fit a bit more into the classic red & cream sampler that we are doing. So here is our version… I loved making this block so much! I didn’t think I would like it nearly as much as I did! It absolutely makes me think of that classic stamp that we used to have in the 70’s…

Fig & Friends Collaboration

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST FABRIC ADVENTURE! Recently I went to a quilt show called ROAD TO CALIFORNIA and got to visit with my fellow MODA designer and friend, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. We sat in her booth while she stitched and talked about the show and our fabric. As I looked around me at the sea of blues and indigos [her newest collection called INDIGO GATHERINGS has just released], I thought about how I could use it even though it is so much darker than any fabrics I design for Fig Tree. And we started talking about how fabulous my orange would look with her blue [it was like one of those old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials… did you guys ever see those??]. In that moment, an idea was born for me… what if I figured out other joint groupings with designers whose fabric…

MODA BLOCKHEADS #4 ALTERNATE BLOCKS

I promised a fun alternate block to Jan’s lovely applique birdhouse block this week and I am here this morning to share the info! HERE you will find the original post with our info on the applique version. For the alternate version, we decided to go simple and pieced. Since Jan did a birdhouse, we figured we would stay with the house theme! We first made the 8″ size and then decided that we wanted to go a little bit smaller so made a 6″ size- I think that is my favorite one. It seems to fit a little bit better with the more intricate piecing of many of the other blocks in this sampler. CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: 8” HOUSE BLOCK From house print:  (3) 1 ½” x 2 ½” [a], (1) 2” x 3 ½” [b], (1) 1 ½” x 5 ½” [c], (1) 1 ½” x 8 ½” [d]. From roof print…

Starch Method of Applique: The Perfect Way to Get Your Shapes!

Every time we start a new Sampler BLOCK OF THE MONTH program or a new series, some of the first questions I always get : “Will there be any applique?”, “I can’t do applique, so will you do alternatives?” and my favorite of all “If there is any applique in it, count me out”. I have to tell you that I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND your trepidation. I have been quilting for a really long time and I still don’t love applique. I think most of that has to do with the fact that it just takes more time and you have to slow down to do it. Well… I am not very good at slowing down :-). When I start working on a quilt, I want to see progress and I want to see it fast :-). And applique… well it slows…

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… http://janpatek.blogspot.com/. 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…

Finishing Up Our Cream & Charcoal Block of the Month

January always brings lots of fabulous quilt finishes for us. That is because each December, we finish up several of our Block of the Month programs. First up is our CREAM & CHARCOAL MYSTERY BLOCK OF THE MONTH, a program that started last January and just finished up in late December. Filled with 6″ black and cream blocks each month, the quilt had a variety of setting options available to the participants. The fabrics are a mix of soft blacks from our Farmhouse II collection, several prints from Urban Cottage from Urban Chicks as well as a few fabulous Gingiber prints and a mix of cream prints of all kinds and varieties! We decided to do the most simple of the three setting options provided, simply alternated blocks with a variety of cream fabrics and a plain patchwork border. We love how it feels and cannot wait to see…