MODA BLOCKHEADS 5: GROUP 2 – WEEK 13

This week’s designer is Debbie Maddy of Tiori Designs and her block is called INDIGO LIGHT. You can check out her blog HERE.

OUR BLOCK #13: INDIGO LIGHT (6″ Finished)

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PIECING INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1 – FLYING GEESE UNITS

Eliminate cutting for [B] and [C]. Instead, using the SEW & FLIP method…

For a 6″ block, cut:

  • (4) 2″ x 3 1/2″ low volume cream print rectangles [B]
  • (8) 2″ green squares [C]

For a 12″ block, cut:

  • (4) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ low volume cream print rectangles [B]
  • (8) 3 1/2″ green squares [C]

Make (4) flying geese units.

STEP 2 – SPLIT QUARTER SQUARE TRIANGLES (QSTs)

I prefer to avoid bias on the edges, and I have previously explained the detailed QST piecing instructions I prefer in the MBH5 PART 1, BLOCK 2 BLOG POST.

Eliminate cutting for [E] and [F]. Instead…

For a 6″ block, cut:

  • (1) 2 3/4″ square [E]*
  • (1) 2 3/4″ square [F]*

For a 12″ block, cut:

  • (1) 4 1/4″ square [E]*
  • (1) 4 1/4″ square [F]*

*If you want trimming up space, then even a tiny bit more than that would be recommended.

Cut these squares on each diagonal, to end up with 4 pieces from each. Sew together your [E] and [F] triangles, making sure your [E] fabric is positioned as depicted in the diagram to form the “pinwheel” center (so your [E] on the left).

Add the [D] units as shown in step 3, then trim down as needed to 2″ (for a 6″ block) or 3 1/2″ (for a 12″ block). Make (4) split QSTs.

Continue following the MODA Pattern Sheet for steps 4 and 5!

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FABRIC COLLECTIONS:

  • Green Lattice: CHRISTMAS FIGS
  • Red Holly: CHRISTMAS FIGS II
  • Cream/Tan Dot: FRESH FIG FAVORITES
  • White-on-White Scissors: LINEN CUPBOARD
  • Cream/Green Ditsy: FRESH FIG FAVORITES

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BLOCKHEADS SETTING INFO

To recap what we have shared so far:

  • We shared in PART 1, WEEK 2 that we would be combining the blocks from Round 1 and 2 together to create one large Christmas lap/throw.
  • Then, in PART 1, WEEK 3, we shared that, if you want to follow along with us, you will need to make: (9) 12″ blocks for the quilt center, (20) 6″ blocks for the borders, and (4) 9″ blocks for the cornerstones*.
    • *Don’t get confused here! The Moda Blockheads 5 series is set up in 6″ and 12″ blocks only. We will find a suitable block and offer alternate instructions to create one in the 9″ size! We will make the block 4 times to keep some uniformity to the quilt top.
    • If you are following along closely on our weekly progress, this also means that we may be making some blocks that don’t get put into the final quilt layout (as BLOCKHEADS 5 is giving us 40 blocks total, and we are using 29). Once we start working on assembly, we will pare down what looks best and save the rest for coordinating projects down the line.
  • And finally, in PART 2, WEEK 4, we shared the setting materials list…
    • SCRAPPY SASHING: Total 1 yd, but to mimic the scrappy sparkle we are going to do you will need (8) ⅛ yds of a variety cream, ivory, and off-white prints with light and delicate red and red/green accents. Think little red dots or stars, small ditsy, very delicate lines or geometrics.
    • POSTS: ¼ yd. small cream print with red accents. Can be a tiny bit stronger than the sashing, but not too strong.
    • BLOCK SASHING: ½ yd. IVORY SOLID or FIG TREE EYELET with tan dots
    • BORDER: ¾ yd. delicate cream with red or red/green accents
    • BINDING: ⅝ yd. small red print
    • BACKING: 4 ⅛ yds of your favorite Christmas print

Next week we will start to put it all together, but here is a layout sneak peek. We decided on a simple setting that would really showcase the blocks of both sizes without having too much competing stuff going on.

I truly believe that oftentimes the most simple settings are the best when you are working with a sampler with many different styles of blocks like BLOCKHEADS.

Our (9) 12″ blocks will be featured in the center, surrounded by our (20) 6″ blocks. We will be sharing a 9″ block for the four corners to finish off our setting. So excited to start “plugging in” some of our sparkling blocks next week!

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MODA QUICK LINKS

For ALL the details and specifics on Moda Blockheads 5, I encourage you to visit these useful resources:

INTRO TO MODA BLOCKHEADS 5 LIVE VIDEO [REPLAY]

BLOCKHEADS LIVESTREAM RECAP BLOG POST

MODA BLOCKHEADS FACEBOOK GROUP

And last, but certainly not least, the MODA BLOCKHEADS 5 BASIC PAGE – this is where ALL the block patterns will be saved for easy reference as we move forward!

Happy Sewing! See you back here next week!

-Joanna

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Sharon Carbine | 28th Mar 24

    Joanna, I love your Blockheads 5 quilt setting. Very clever! Thank you for share it. 😀

    • joanna@figtreequilts.com | 30th Mar 24

      You are so welcome. Enjoy!

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