Welcome to Week #5 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. So this week, Brigitte has brought us a unique modern version of “THE LOVE BLOCK”… as I like to call it. Go over to her blog to check out her version and perhaps even join her giveaway, CLICK HERE .

Isn’t it fun? Even though we are doing our own version, we decided not to change it up too much this time around, just making it a bit more traditional… something that would fit a bit more into the classic red & cream sampler that we are doing. So here is our version…

… a love block in a love bowl 🙂

I loved making this block so much! I didn’t think I would like it nearly as much as I did! It absolutely makes me think of that classic stamp that we used to have in the 70’s. Do you guys remember it? I really have no idea why it is so vivid in my memory! I am pretty sure I wasn’t doing a lot of letter sending when I was 8 or 9 years old but that image is totally in my head. I guess I paid a lot more attention to stamps than I thought I did. Do you guys remember when all we did was snail mail?

For this alternate version this week, we did the 6″ size for our sampler and have provided alternate directions for the 6″ and the 12″ since it was simple math to do that. We do not have any other sizes provided but you are of course more than welcome to be creative like I know so many of you are doing… add borders, make multiples, etc. I love seeing your creative juices flow!

… seeing all of these blocks coming together is making me happy!


-WE WILL SHARE OUR DIRECTIONS ON FRIDAY. Again, many of you have asked why we are doing it this way this year. And the answer is 100% to be fair to the designer of the week. It is her time to shine! So please go to Brigitte’s blog, check out what she has done and how she has done it and then come on back here on Friday if you like and get our traditional LOVE block cutting info.

For those of you who want to plan ahead of time:

-We chose (2) different reds, one darker and one lighter so the sets of letters would stand out from one another. If we were using a variety of colors then we would for sure chose different colors for each letter.

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

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

This week: Brigitte Heitland –
Last week: Jan Patek –

Lisa Bongean –
Lissa Alexander –
Laurie Simpson –
Vanessa Goertzen –
Stacy Iest Hsu –
Robin Pickens –
Janet Clare –
Jen Kingwell –
And last but not least, me :-)!

And then the line-up begins again Corey Yoder –
Sherri McConnell –

Betsy Chutchian

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  1. Cindy Derr | 12th Feb 20

    Okay, I remember the LOVE stamp, but I was a little older than 8 or 9 🙂 Anyway, your block in a bowl looks great!

    • | 12th Feb 20

      Maybe the stamp was around for a long time :-)??

  2. Ali Barnes | 12th Feb 20

    Is this also foundation paper pieced? Thanks! Darling block!

    • | 12th Feb 20

      Nope… just regular simple squares and rectangles… and not even tiny ones. The smallest pieces are the 4 “sew and flip” corners on the “O” and those are cut at 1″ each.

  3. Alice Sprenger | 12th Feb 20

    When will you release your idea for layout of the blocks? This would be helpful to know what sizes to make the blocks. Thank you.

    • | 12th Feb 20

      Great question. For now we are using one of the possible layouts from MODA but will likely end up making some changes when the time comes. I will find out when those layouts become available to everyone!

  4. Debra O'Laughlin | 12th Feb 20

    I love this….I am going to pair it with the house you designed. I have a couple of ideas for 2 more blocks to go with this.

    • | 12th Feb 20

      Oh my gosh that sounds like fun. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  5. Denise | 12th Feb 20

    That love stamp was based on a sculpture, which I believe is in Indiana. I love both Love blocks; plan to do one of each.

    • | 12th Feb 20

      I just learned that from Greg. Apparently he has seen it many times. Love to learn new things like that!

  6. Greg | 12th Feb 20

    I love the LOVE block! Thank you for posting your alternate blocks! And now for the LOVE story. It was a sculpture by artist Robert Indiana in 1970, based on his greeting card design for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Robert Indiana was from… Indiana! And the sculpture lives at a museum in Indianapolis. There is also a copy in NYC – I used to stand in front of it every Thanksgiving day to watch the Macy’s parade pass by.

    • | 12th Feb 20

      Hi Greg! Oh my gosh! I had no idea. Thanks for the history trivia. Now I want to go see it!

  7. Linda Zeider | 14th Feb 20

    Can you post a PDF for the instructions on the LOVE block. My computer isn’t in my sewing room.

    Linda in IN

  8. Karen Green | 14th Feb 20

    I love your house block. Are you giving directions for that block?

  9. Karen Green | 14th Feb 20

    Never mind on the ? for house block directions. I found it from last week. Thank you!

  10. Karen Calloway | 14th Feb 20

    I don’t see your directions for the traditional Love Block. How do I get directions?

    • | 17th Feb 20

      They are just listed in the blog. Unfortunately no download. You can take some notes or just stitch from the screen.

  11. Debi Haupt | 16th Feb 20

    I seem to be missing the house block and can’t seem to locate it. Any advice?

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