Moda Blockheads: Block #15… and a Giveaway too

Welcome to Week #15 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG!

So this is the first week of the second round. For those of you new to this adventure… you can certainly look back through all of the weekly Blockheads posts, get all of your links and also fully understand the program. But in short… there are 14 of us designers, 1 new free block a week, round and round for the whole year until each designer has done 4 blocks… I do believe that means that we are doing this for exactly 56 weeks… unless we double up a few at the end.

This week we are back to the beginning of the line up with Ms. Corey Yoder. Check out her lovely block STARRY EYED through her link HERE and download the pattern directions. Then scroll down to see how we did ours TOTALLY DIFFERENTLY to avoid bias and triangles!

But before you do that, you might want to come check out our little VIDEO HERE of our first 14 Blockhead blocks! I guess that means that we are a quarter of the way done!

Since I don’t usually post photos of myself here, when I did last week, so many you emailed and private messaged me that you were glad to see my face :-)… so here a few more xoxoxoxo

This might be one of my favorite photos of me ever. Photography is almost as near and dear to my heart as quilting and fabric design, in that photo I am wearing one of my favorite little cardigans and I am in the Sonoma town square… one of my favorite places on earth.

This is Eric and I in downtown Krakow in Poland. Looking a little bit like the dorks that we are truly are :-).
This is from a Market booth a few years ago… goofing off.


So by now you probably know that I am not a big fan of half square triangle and of bias if I can help it. So although I absolutely do love this block… I knew we had to tackle it totally differently. We chose the 12″ size for this one and here are our measurements for that size with our version:


For 12″ block:

  • Center: (1) 3 1/2″ square A [cream print with cherries].
  • Four Flying Geese around the center: (4) 2″ x 3 1/2″ for the color [E] [darker red gingham] and (12) 2″ squares for the “wings” of the flying geese [F1] [cream with circles] and the (4) corners squares [F2] [same cream with circles].
  • Quarter Square Triangle Squares all the way around the outside- Fabric #1 (4) 4 1/2″ squares [B/D]. Cut in 1/2 TWICE on the diagonal. We used the little red and cream geometric print.
  • Fabric #2: (2) 4 1/2″ squares [E]. Cut in 1/2 TWICE on the diagonal. We used the same dark red gingham as we did for the flying geese.
  • Fabric #3: (2) 4 1/2″ squares [C]. Cut in 1/2 TWICE on the diagonal. We used the cream with small red branches on it.
  • Fabric #4: (4) 3 1/2″ squares for the outer corners [A], with the same cream w/ branches fabric as above.

For 8″ block: Center & outer corner squares 2 1/2″, quarter square triangle squares 3 1/2″ cut in 1/2 TWICE on the diagonal, flying geese backgrounds 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ squares. Trim quarter triangles to 2 1/2″ square.

For 6″ block: Center & outer corner squares 2″, quarter square triangle squares 3″ cut in 1/2 TWICE on the diagonal, flying geese backgrounds 1 1/4″ x 2″ and 1 1/4″ squares. Trim quarter triangles to 2″ square.


  • We did the (4) flying geese SEW&FLIP method, added the (4) corner squares and that is the first “round”. Instead of adding the original larger bias triangles [f] here, we added flying geese and then corner squares in order to simplify the process. Press open.
  • We cut all of the Quarter Square Triangle Squares larger on purpose and trimmed them down for (4) exact units. Trim each one to 3 1/2″ and this second “round” of the block will be a snap.
  • Join those together into pairs, add (2) pairs to the top and bottom. Press open. Then add the corner squares [A] to the (2) remaining pairs and add to the remaining L/R sides. Voila!!

… all my blocks so far. Plus a sweet little pincushion from Carrie’s PIN PALS book, made by my dear friend Cynthia.
… I love to see the block pile grow each week!


Our lovely friends at Martingale have agreed to send an E-BOOK version of the first MODA BLOCKHEADS book to the winner of the giveaway. Just enter here in the comments below to be entered to win! What a great resource that would be for this round, don’t you think? In your comment, tell me your favorite part of your Blockheads experience so far. I will draw a winner by next Wednesday!

Here are a couple of images of a few of the finished samplers from the book…




This 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 ON OUR BLOG as a resource.

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



LINK TO INSTAGRAM HERE. Instagram is the main social media that we use. I post photos every day, talk about my latest projects, show inspiration photos and generally post about my fabric and farm love with all of you!

LINK TO OUR FIG TREE FACEBOOK GROUP HERE. Our Fig Tree Friends Facebook group is a new addition in the last year and it is a great place to see what others are working on with Fig Tree fabrics, see people’s progress on our programs and follow along on general Fig Tree Facebook updates all in one place.

LINK TO SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER HERE. Newsletter comes out each week on Friday with latest goodies, upcoming releases, any sales or new kits and our $6 pattern of the week.

LINK TO OUR SHOP IN CASE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BROWSE HERE. Come check out our patterns, bundles and kits!


Here is a list of all the designers participating this year in the order that they have posted their weekly blocks. We are starting “round 2” so each designer already has one block on their block and we are now starting again at the top. Go check them out! They are a great group of ladies!

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 –

About The Author


  1. Stephanie Hironimus | 22nd Apr 20

    I love your photos… even though I live on the East coast (Pennsylvania), I surely left my heart in San Francisco! (& Sonoma & Napa!) …& with my Polish roots, I also dream about visiting Krakow someday too! Thank you for your inspiration & all of your advice! This is my first Block Heads & I’m loving it!

  2. Becky | 22nd Apr 20

    Enjoy seeing all the blocks with the different fabric combination and how they can look so different!
    Absolutely love your red and white combination of Fig Tree fabrics!

  3. Elizabeth Smith | 22nd Apr 20

    Your blocks are just beautiful!! Love seeing your photos. When I see the ones taken California reminds of growing up there. I will going back to visit the first chance I get.

  4. Jessica Christensen | 22nd Apr 20

    I love the Blockheads blocks, and how fun to have Round One all in a book! LOVE your fabrics and patterns. They are so creamy and delicious.

  5. Susan S | 22nd Apr 20

    I enjoy all the tips you designers give for each block. They are so helpful! And I’m loving your red and white! So bright and cheerful.

  6. Traci slomba | 22nd Apr 20

    I’ve always thought about participating in moda blockheads. This year the main reason I’m participating is that you are one of the fabulous designers and I get to sew along with you! Choosing fabrics is the most difficult part of quilting for me, especially when there are so many beautiful fig tree fabrics to choose from. I’m lucky enough to have just about everyone of them in my collection. It also helps that they play very well together. I also look forward to your blog post and seeing how you can change the technique used in creating the block to make it a bit less difficult. As always, thank you Joanna!

  7. Crystal Conrad-Kauffman | 22nd Apr 20

    Brand new to the Blackheads! So exciting to discover this today! Great post and I thank you for linking to the resources needed to get started!

  8. Johanna | 22nd Apr 20

    I love your way of tackling the blocks each week. I am inspired by your fabric choices as I am doing blue and white and so your choices in red and white help me.

  9. Donna Phillips | 22nd Apr 20

    I love all the blocks but sadly missed the first round so would really love to have the book

  10. SHARON MARPLE | 22nd Apr 20

    This is my “get out of bed” for Wednesday. Too much fun and inspiration—-colors, placement, tips and techniques. Just loving my first time participating in Moda Block Heads !

  11. Heather Larrabee | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part is watching all of the variations in the blocks themselves. It’s amazing how the come to life, grow and change in the hands of each quilter.

  12. Pat K | 22nd Apr 20

    Your color choice for the blocks is so cheery. Love your photos too.

  13. sharon tseu | 22nd Apr 20

    Would love to win a copy of this book! Have used many of your fabric for years…they have a way of all going together so well. At this time of i-sew-lation, the weekly blocks is something to look forward to!

  14. Paige McFall | 22nd Apr 20

    I would love to have the Blockheads 1 book! I’m thinking of using it as a stash buster for all my Figgy stash – your curated bundles are too tempting, and I need a good stash project to keep my husband happy about my fabric buying (hoarding?) hobby….

  15. Gretchen Brock | 22nd Apr 20

    For this round, I’m using all Fig Tree fabrics from various lines over the years. It’s fun to combine all the different lines.

  16. Jody | 22nd Apr 20

    Love your Blog! thank you for sharing your instructions for putting the block together without HST! Would love to win the Moda Blockheads 1 e-book. Thanks!

  17. Kathy English | 22nd Apr 20

    I am using a scrap bag of your Chantilly collection and a few fat quarters
    I managed to find. I am doing the 6 inch size…

  18. Bev Johnson | 22nd Apr 20

    I love this – I look forward to Wednesday’s so much ( it’s the only day of the week I actually KNOW during this quarantine!). And isn’t it fun to have something to look forward to in this crazy time?? Thanks so much!💕

  19. Beverly Johnson | 22nd Apr 20

    I love this – I look forward to Wednesday’s so much ( it’s the only day of the week I actually KNOW during this quarantine!). And isn’t it fun to have something to look forward to in this crazy time?? Thanks so much!💕

  20. Daniele Van Winkle | 22nd Apr 20

    Hello!! I love seeing all the different fabrics and alterations in blocks. It’s amazing what new patterns come out of different fabric choices.

  21. Susan | 22nd Apr 20

    My favourite part of this experience? Learning different techniques from many different designers. I had never done Foundation Paper Piecing and LOVED both of the FPP blocks included so far!

  22. Ginger | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing how different colors play out within the same block, and also trying new techniques.

  23. Katherine Collins | 22nd Apr 20

    This is my first blockheads and I am loving it! I enjoy learning new techniques and seeing other’s blocks.

  24. Lisa Keller | 22nd Apr 20

    So inspired by the blockhead program!

  25. Kirstie Kampen | 22nd Apr 20

    I love the program and learning so much from all the designers!! Also I just love all your photos you post. Your home is so beautiful!

  26. Delores May LaFontaine | 22nd Apr 20

    I look forward every week to reading your post on the new block. It’s nice getting to know you!!

  27. Kathy Swan | 22nd Apr 20

    I am not new to sewing and have quilted in my own way. I am liking Blockheads because I am learning how blocks are pieced and a lot of quilting Lingo. I used some of my block piecing skills to make a baby blanket for friends. Turns out I have used the left over material to piece together 3 baby quilts. I tend to overbuy material…..

  28. sharon | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing all the blocks– I especially like these orange(red) block

  29. Donna Bergeson | 22nd Apr 20

    Thank you for always showing us there’s more than 1 way to make the same block!! I’ve really grown with my quilting and the blockheads has got me sewing more often. I don’t want to fall behind!! Plus there’s been so many awesome people on the Facebook page cheering each other on. In these divided times, it’s so nice to hear all the positivity going on there!!

  30. Christy Donner | 22nd Apr 20

    I love your alternative directions for the block! It gets a beer more accurate result for me every time! ❤️Your designs.

  31. Pat McPherson | 22nd Apr 20

    Joanna, I love to look at your blog especially on the blockhead day. This week I appreciate your alternate method.

  32. Lynn M | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part of the Blockheads Experience is seeing how each designer makes the quilt their own. For example in your version, the variety of the colors for the background fabric and the reds. I’m so timid when it comes to experimenting with color sometimes. Seeing the slight variation of the background fabric in your blocks has me thinking that I need to get out of my comfort zone. LOL! I love your blocks.

  33. Karen Hieselaar | 22nd Apr 20

    I learn so much by making the blocks, seeing progress. Plus everyone is so nice and helpful

  34. Ann | 22nd Apr 20

    Always enjoy learning new blocks and techniques ea h week!

  35. Rose Lamers | 22nd Apr 20

    Thank you for designing an alternate block, I usually make one of original and one of alternate block, when fabrics are available. Love your blog!

    • | 22nd Apr 20

      This is not an alternate block. It is just a simplified way of doing this week’s block. Thanks for following along!

  36. Stephanie Valdez | 22nd Apr 20

    Your blocks are gorgeous! I love the reds and creams-it is fun to see the all the different blocks. I didn’t start Blockheads because I didn’t have time, but now I seem to have some spare time and am thinking of starting them.

  37. Darlene Wegrynowski | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite thing is seeing how completely different the blocks look done with different fabric and the different looks from using darks, mediums and lights in each block.

  38. Heather | 22nd Apr 20

    I thought they’d be quarter square triangkes too until I saw the directions. Thank you for your way too. Your blocks and pictures are soo beautiful !

  39. LeAnne | 22nd Apr 20

    I love all of your blocks! So pretty! I am behind but am still planning on sewing along with this Blockheads 3.

  40. Marylee Toensfeldt | 22nd Apr 20

    BH3 really challenges me. The blocks I have seen will make stunning quilts. I look forward to Wednesday 🥳.

  41. Gale | 22nd Apr 20

    Thank you!

  42. Dori | 22nd Apr 20

    I absolutely love your red and white blocks.

  43. Linda | 22nd Apr 20

    Live the Red and White with the patternI love to see how one pattern can be arranged on a Quilt in so many different ways.

  44. Roslyn McGovern | 22nd Apr 20

    I love looking at all these blocks. I have fabric picked out but haven’t started! This is because my computer is getting repaired and I cannot print anything out. I am in self isolation due to impaired immune system so can’t even go somewhere to get the work sheets printed either. Everything an E-Book would be ideal.

  45. Dixie McAdam | 22nd Apr 20

    I love learning all the tips/tricks/different ways of doing the same block & colors from so many different designers. Thanks so much for sharing your talents & creativity with all of us. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  46. Patti Rojec | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part of Blockheads is discovering different designers blogs, like yours! I’ve seen your beautiful fabric lines in stores, but never been to your website until Blockheads 3.

  47. Martha DeMarco | 22nd Apr 20

    I am a newbie,and live looking at all these quilts and designs,so many talented designers! I hope to start a quilt soon .I would love this book for inspiration. I am Poish also and hope to see Poland 1 of these years I hear it is beautiful!

  48. apple blossom | 22nd Apr 20

    oh, I love the red blocks. pretty. I see some blocks I’d love to make. thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  49. Laura | 22nd Apr 20

    Love everything you do Joanna!

  50. Brenda Kay Pedrotti | 22nd Apr 20

    I love all of the blocks. Thanks for the link to all the patterns. I would love to win the ebook. I didn’t know about this sew-a-long and I would love to have the ebook so I can make the blocks in the future. I love your modern look.

  51. Amber | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part has been seeing everyone different blocks. I can’t wait to see your finished red and white quilt! Your posts are always a visual treat!

  52. Sherry Stevens | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part of Blockheads 3 has been using scraps and learning something new each week. I love scrappy quilts and this has been great fun.

  53. Rhonda | 22nd Apr 20

    I love the fact everyone can interpret the block differently. I love seeing so many variations.

  54. Janelle L Bucher | 22nd Apr 20

    I am thoroughly enjoying doing Blockheads 3. I have not participated in anything like this previously. My favorite part, and my most stressful part, is choosing the colors to use in each block. I typically purchase kits or pick out fabrics based on a quilt I see. Trying to decide which fabric I need for these blocks is a scary thing for me, but I enjoy broadening my horizons.

  55. Denise V | 22nd Apr 20

    Love all the designers blocks. I know I can make beautiful potholders using these designs.

  56. Yvonne | 22nd Apr 20

    I love your fabric selections. So soft and pretty. I have also enjoyed seeing layout variations on the blocks.

  57. Tami Robertson | 22nd Apr 20

    This is my first blockhead and I love the blocks. Can’t wait each Wednesday to see what the next one will be!

  58. Suzy | 22nd Apr 20

    I’ve seen the blockheads blocks in every collection, but the reds and creams are, by far, the most vibrant, happy and beautiful blocks of all the ones I have seen. Figtree is all about color and contrast, and I’ve always said it’s hard to beat a two-color quilt!

  59. Ashley | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part of the Blockheads experience has been seeing the creativity of each quilter as they make up the blocks in their own fabrics. I love how each block looks so different depending upon the fabrics chosen.

  60. Jacqui | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing the variations of each block different sewers and bloggers do.. and I like the challenge of creating my own colour scheme.
    Thank you to all designers, and especially to MODA.

  61. Michelle Lafayette | 22nd Apr 20

    I especially love seeing everyone’s blocks on Facebook.

  62. Marie Eddins | 22nd Apr 20

    It is fun learning new ways of making the same block parts, as in your tips today for this block. I would love to win this book as I almost finished all the blocks for Blockheads 1 and it would inspire me to finish and use one of the designers’ layouts!

  63. Laurel Huyvaert | 22nd Apr 20

    This is my BH… Having fun with all the different blocks. I am a few blocks behind, but hope to get caught up soon.

  64. Kayla | 22nd Apr 20

    Beautiful blocks! I have been enjoying all the nifty tips and tricks!

  65. Michelle | 22nd Apr 20

    Love Block Heads …. it’s great seeing how all the designer come up with their own style while doing other designers blocks. Everyone has a trick and a tip that is just wonderful. Always love having extra info at the finger tips.

  66. Jeanne P. | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing each person’s block each week and how unique they all are. I love the creative inspiration here and look forward to each weeks posts!

  67. Karen A | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing how each designers fabric choices make the blocks look so different.

  68. Kathleen Richins | 22nd Apr 20

    Loving this qal, following your red and white as close as possible and loving it. Thx for your hints.

  69. Dana Casebeer | 22nd Apr 20

    Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration and beautiful things

  70. Carla | 22nd Apr 20

    Where to start… meeting the designers and seeing the personalities come out through their fabric choices and the subtleties in blocks. Don’t even get me started on the gorgeous fabric!! The way I can actually apply what you’re doing to learn new things… really what’s not to love?!!

  71. Kim | 22nd Apr 20

    I love all these blocks so much!! And the fabrics you’ve chosen as well. Once I can decide on fabric I’m so excited to dive in!

  72. Louise G. | 22nd Apr 20

    My favorite part – all the things! Discovering all the designers’ blogs and learning new techniques

  73. vickie mone | 22nd Apr 20

    Hi – love visiting each designers site and see the different variations of the same block.

  74. Kathie L | 22nd Apr 20

    I love seeing the difference fabric choices make. I’m learning what appeals to me most.

  75. Sherri | 22nd Apr 20

    I loved working with color to make each block shine. Your blocks in red are stunning. Thanks for the giveaway. This is my first Block Heads participation.

  76. Christi | 22nd Apr 20

    I am totally in love with your color choice. Beautiful.

  77. Deborah Urich | 23rd Apr 20

    Thank you for lovely post. I learned a lot.

  78. Judy Sanders | 23rd Apr 20

    Love seeing the blocks and different layouts.

  79. Casey Balvanz | 23rd Apr 20

    I have really enjoyed seeing all the different color variations that each new block brings. They can bring a different look just by rearranging the colors! I love your cream and red versions of these block! So pretty. I lookforward to the next block!

  80. Cheryl Joy Heynemann | 23rd Apr 20

    Loved your colourful website. Block 15 and the fabric is lovely. Moda Blockheads is such a fun way to be linked to other sewers from around the World. I enjoy just scrolling through and seeing everyones blocks. Thankyou to all the designers for affording us all your time,knowledge and help.

  81. Suzanne Kolhagen | 23rd Apr 20

    I would ❤️ love to win the block heads pdf book! This is my first year making these blocks and it has been such fun 🧵💁‍♀️❣️ I am also doing red and white because your blocks were beautiful…I gathered all my fabrics and scraps to do the same. Thank you for the inspiration Joanna 🍒

  82. Barbara | 23rd Apr 20

    I have just recently been making some of the block heads and it’s so much fun learning new blocks. I absolutely love red and white together and so that’s what I’ve been choosing for my blocks.

  83. Pam Allen | 23rd Apr 20

    I love your blocks and appreciate your directions. I do wish all of you would create a method for us to just print out your directions without printing more on your site. I’ve followed along every year and love the opportunity to make these blocks. Thanks!!

  84. Ann W | 23rd Apr 20

    Enjoying the weekly release of the new blocks. Love reading about your different block construction techniques. Your blocks are all beautiful!

  85. Carolyn Montgomery | 23rd Apr 20

    i love all your red and white blocks’ so cheerful.

  86. Sherrie | 23rd Apr 20

    I love your red and white blocks! Learning so much from all the designers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  87. Kristi | 23rd Apr 20

    I love seeing all the different blocks and fabrics used by each designer. So much quilty inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Deb | 23rd Apr 20

    Love seeing your (and mine) blocks grow! My favorite part is looking forward to a new block every Wednesday.

  89. Anita R | 23rd Apr 20

    I love seeing all the different variations, color combos, and tips that each designer has provided. It’s really hard to narrow down which one is my favorite, although I am in love with your combos!

  90. Elizabeth Hirst | 23rd Apr 20

    An ebook??? Ohmygoodness that would be amaaazing! Hem, so whilst I love choosing fabric and working on the blocks and everything, my favourite part is actually seeing everyone else’s blocks. I love how different they look with different fabrics, colours and tones. It can completely change the look of the block and really help to push me in new directions because there’s always at least one that I would never have done that way myself but I absolutely love it, so then I have to go and try it 🙂

  91. Ali Barnes | 23rd Apr 20

    I’m new to MBH and am learning a lot. I’ve used your directions several times as they often make more sense to me. I have a question on this Cory Yoder block. You say to press the seams open, but many have told me that will weaken the quilt. Would it be bad to press to one side?

    • | 23rd Apr 20

      Of course, you can press any way that works for you. My experience is that pressing open works best for me and I much prefer the results. In terms of weakening… people are really on both sides of that argument. Do what works better for you!

  92. Terremt | 24th Apr 20

    I always come here to see different ways to make the same block. Would love to winn this block. Love all the different blocks. and techniques

  93. Gigi | 24th Apr 20

    I am enjoying reading the blogs of this year’s designers!

  94. Lisa Hotchkiss | 24th Apr 20

    I am new to Blockheads but am familiar with a couple of the designers and have really liked their patterns in the past. There are a few designers that I have not seen their work before so this has been fun for me to check out everyones pages and get to know them. Each one has there own flair and I will enjoy making this quilt and have to check out the ones in the past. Thank you for the hard work you all put into this.

  95. Linda Christianson | 24th Apr 20

    Red and white quilt is my favorite colors for a quilt. I am needing one more to finish my quilt and this block is the missing block! Maybe I can get the quilt done soon.

  96. Julie V | 25th Apr 20

    Appreciate these directions sooo much. One question: for the 4th bullet in the 12” directions, I think just cut 2 4.5” blocks from fabric E? I will test it out on my block in this afternoon.

    • | 27th Apr 20

      yes you are correct!! I have fixed that. Thank you!

  97. Nancy F Lambert | 13th May 20

    I’m learning from the block of the month all of the blocks are so pretty

  98. Marcia McNamara | 14th May 20

    Wow! Just found this today. So looks like I have a bit to catch up. Winning the book of all the previous blocks might speed me on that journey.

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