This week’s designer is Laurie Simpson of dynamic sister due Minick & Simpson, and her block is called CELESTE. Laurie does RED, WHITE, and BLUE like no one else I know! If you want to check out all she has to offer, be sure to visit her site HERE.
As soon as I saw Laurie’s block, I for sure knew I wanted to fussy cut some sort of print for the center [D] unit. Looking through my creams, I immediately settled on this super cute Christmas garland print! From there, I chose a darker red to strike a contrast in the square-in-a-square corners.
I chose a smaller-scale green print for the surrounding quarter square triangles (QSTs). Because you piece (2) QSTs together for each side, I wanted it to look as “seamless” as possible in the overall finished block. A larger-scale print might look “broken up” where the QSTs meet. Does that make sense? I hope so! 😉
And since we made this week’s block in the 12″ finished size, it allowed us to play again with the backgrounds, offering some extra detail with a solid, as well as a dot.
I’m back again with my SEW & FLIP METHOD, quilty friends!
If your center [D] unit is a non-directional print, you can save on fabric by piecing as instructed in step 2 of the Moda pattern. For our version, we wanted to ensure our garland print stayed horizontal, so our cutting for [D] and [E] differs.
For the 6″ block you would need:
For the 12″ block you would need:
You would then mark diagonal lines on your [E] squares, and use the SEW & FLIP METHOD to create the square-in-a-square corners. We actually saved our “cut away” pieces, and created (4) 2.5″ unfinished HSTs. We will save them with the rest of our Moda Blockheads fabrics in case we can use them in a future week!
Our WEEK 2 BLOG POST outlines how I prefer to piece my QSTs, but I will tell you that the method provided in the Moda pattern this week will work – and will keep bias edges away from the outer edges!
If you want to follow along with our piecing (and varying background fabric choices), follow these instructions:
For the 6″ block you would need*:
For the 12″ block you would need*:
Cut your [B] and [C] squares across both diagonals, resulting in 4 triangles per square. Piece (8) green triangles to (8) cream dot, and the other (8) green triangles to the (8) ivory solid. Then piece these sections together, as you would any QST unit, until you have a total of (8) QST units. Trim to size.
*These cutting instructions DO allow room for trimming down to a perfect 2″ unfinished unit (for 6″ block)/3 1/2″ unfinished unit (for 12″ block).
Cream Garland: JOYFUL JOYFUL by Stacy Iest Hsu
Red Star: Christmas Figs II
Green Floral: Fruit Cocktail
Cream Dot: THE FLOWER FARM by Bunny Hill Designs
For ALL the details and specifics on Moda Blockheads 5, I encourage you to visit these useful resources:
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!