MODA Blockheads: Block #10

Welcome to Week #10 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! This week is brought to you by the super creative Stacy Iest Hsu. Check out her blog HERE. Stacy designs the loveliest whimsical & creative kid’s collections… or maybe just collections for the kid in all of us. You should check out her work! Here is her block, WINDMILLS, inspired by her Dutch heritage.

Go over to her blog to check out her pattern and get all of the directions, etc. CLICK HERE .

We chose 2 different reds and 2 different creams for the “tail part of each windmill and a 3rd cream print for the rest of each pinwheel. Take a close look to see where each cream print falls to help you decide what you want to do for yours.

More on the crocheted mushrooms and little people in a separate post later this week. Our mushroom for the special giveaway just arrived. Just be ready to introduce a new friend to Fig Tree.

We chose to do the 6″ size and since we like to trim all of our 1/2-square triangles down, we changed the size of each of the [b] squares to cut 2 1/2″ square, made our triangle squares and them trimmed each of them down to a perfect 2″ square, ready for pinwheel piecing. If you are doing a different size block and want to upsize the triangles a bit so you have room to trim… For a 4″ finished size block, cut your [b] 2″ square, for the 6″ finished block size, cut [b] 2 1/2″ square, for the 8″ finished block size, cut [b] 3″ square and for the 12″ finished block size, cut [b] 4″ square. The rest of the directions don’t change from the original.


MODA has released the layout that we will be using as our choice, CLICK HERE for the PDF of the LAYOUT… we will be making option #2. Toward the end, we will make some final alternations but this will be our general layout throughout the program. We will also add in a few creative sashings at the end.

But for those of you who are wanting to work along with us, this is the tentative block breakdown [plus fillers] that we will be using:

12″ blocks: We will need to make 13.

8″ blocks: We will need to make 10.

6″ blocks: We will need to make 36.

4″ blocks: We will need to make 8 blocks. It is very likely that we might make a few more of Lissa’s sweet heart from last week.

Our quilt will be somewhere around 64″ x 72″… I say “somewhere” because once we add in a few filler rows, it might grow a little bit here or there.



The Archive will be updated each week by MODA, in descending chronological order, with the newest block at the top. This is such a fabulous resource! We will keep this link in each week’s post here as a resource.

If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below. Happy sewing friends!

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

This week: Stacy Iest Hsu –

1.15 – Corey Yoder –
1.22 – Sherri McConnell –
1.29 – Betsy Chutchian –
2.5 – Jan Patek –
2.12 – Brigitte Heitland –
2.19 – Lisa Bongean –
2.26 – Lissa Alexander –
3.4 – Laurie Simpson –
3.11 – Vanessa Goertzen –
3.18 – Stacy Iest Hsu –
3.25 – Robin Pickens –
4.1 – Janet Clare –
4.8 – Jen Kingwell –
4.15 – Joanna Figueroa –

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  1. Pat | 18th Mar 20

    Love your two color blocks with varying shades of red. Do you sew with all cream thread ?

    • | 18th Mar 20

      All cream thread. I pretty much never change my thread color unless I am sewing with a lot of black.

  2. Alycis | 18th Mar 20

    Thank you for the measurements to upsize the HSTs for trimming. Your block is beautiful!

    • | 18th Mar 20

      You are welcome! The block was a fun quick one!

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