MODA BLOCKHEADS 5: GROUP 2 – WEEK 27

This week’s designer is Brenda Riddle and her block is called TWINKLE. Be sure to check out Brenda’s WEBSITE, to learn more about her and all she has to offer!

OUR BLOCK #27: TWINKLE (12″ Finished)

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PIECING INSTRUCTIONS:

Similar to our very first MBH5 block from our WEEK 1 BLOG POST, we simplified this week’s block and created it a bit more in the style in which I sew. I have changed *almost* all of the cutting instructions into “ribbon” flying geese units using the SEW & FLIP method instead of half square triangles.

I know some you have a love/hate relationship with half square triangles (HSTs) and others of you have a love/hate relationship with flying geese. I am definitely in the first camp, and I actually LOVE making flying geese instead of HSTs so I just could not resist. Please follow whatever method works for you but this is definitely more up my alley in terms of construction.

So, as you can see below, it is a lot of flying geese [or “ribbon” flying geese type units] for us for this block (12) and only (4) HSTs! We also changed our block center to be (1) larger block – perfect for fussy cutting if you like! – instead of (4) smaller squares.

If you are with me on your love of flying geese, then this version might just be for you. Follow the cutting and layout instructions below for your own 12″ version:

  • Ivory Solid
    • (12) 2 1/2″ squares [Outer Star Points]
    • (2) 3″ squares cut on the diagonal to yield (4) triangles. [For HSTs*]
    • (4) 2 1/2″ squares [Corners]
  • Low Volume/Tan Dot
    • (8) 2 1/2″ squares [Inner Star Points]
  • Low Volume/Green Ditsy
    • (1) 4 1/2″ square [Center]
  • Red Dot
    • (1) 3″ square cut on the diagonal to yield (2) triangles. [For HSTs*]
    • (6) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles [Star Units]
    • (2) 2 1/2″ squares
  • Green Leaves
    • (1) 3″ square cut on the diagonal to yield (2) triangles. [For HSTs*]
    • (6) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles [Star Units]
    • (2) 2 1/2″ squares

*For your HST units, trim to 2 1/2″ square before piecing to your corner Ivory Solid squares. You should have (2) red/ivory HSTs and (2) green/ivory HSTs.

Using your 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Star Unit rectangles, and your 2 1/2″ squares in ivory, low volume/tan dot, red, and green, create your “ribbon” flying geese units:

  • (2) Unit #1
  • (4) Unit #2
  • (4) Unit #3
  • (2) Unit #4

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If you are a beginning quilter and these instructions/alterations make no sense to you, you should most definitely stick to the original pattern, as this is just a suggestion for an alternate way of construction. It is intended for those familiar with the SEW & FLIP METHOD of sewing units and for those that love flying geese units as much as I do! 

You can, of course, still do the traditional method of piecing half square triangles and just follow our color idea and print combinations as you go!

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FABRIC COLLECTIONS:

  • Ivory Solid
  • Low Volume/Tan Dot: FRESH FIG FAVORITES
  • Low Volume/Green Ditsy: FRESH FIG FAVORITES
  • Red Dot: FRESH FIG FAVORITES
  • Green Leaves: CHRISTMAS FIGS

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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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