MODA Blockheads:Block #8

Welcome to Week #8 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! This week is brought to you by the quiet but hysterical Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson. She is the Simpson and her sister Polly is the Minick. But Polly doesn’t quilt. LOL. Long story. Check out her blog HERE. She is a master appliquer and hand quilter. Yes, a lot of those amazing quilts she shows on her blog and Instagram… yes, hand quilted my friends. She also does fantastic large stitch hand quilting… which is one of the main things that inspired me to buy my Sashiko machine. True story. I will never find the time or, let’s be honest, the patience to do that kind of stitching but I absolutely love love love how it looks. So my Sashiko machine is the closest I am going to come. Just saying. Laurie is pretty great. And she has the best sense of humor ever. You never, ever see it coming. You gotta love that about her.

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

Adding in these classic little blocks into this sampler is what is going to add to its vintagy charm. Pretty sure we will do a few of these either side by side or every other as a way to set off an area. I will let you know what we decide.

And you might be asking yourself… what is that amazingly cute little pincushion with that block?? Isn’t it kinda awesome?? Well my friend Cynthia, who is helping make sure we stay on task with this Blockheads thing, made a few of these with some of her block scraps so far. It is one of the PINNIE designs from Carrie’s PIN PALS book! See HERE. I die a little. It is too cute. I think you all have to make one… or two… or three. Gah. I think I have a problem.

But back to the block at hand… we went with the 6″ size, with a soft geometric print for the chain and a little star for the background to add a little bit of interest and sparkle. We made the center square a darker red for a little emphasis. Kinda love how it turned out.


No updates here yet, other than I am assured that MODA will release this one soon and then I can show you my plan, more or less. But please feel free to plan for what I noted last week. See below for a bit more of a definite plan…

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

12″ blocks: We will need to make at least 13, possibly 1-2 more. We will adjust this slightly as we go.

8″ blocks: We will need to make 10.

6″ blocks: We will need to make 36ish, possibly a couple less. We will adjust this slightly as we go.

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.

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: Laurie Simpson –

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. T. Smith | 4th Mar 20

    Love, Love , Love your blocks. Always so crisp and clean looking. No wonky or messy seams! Enjoy reading your blog every week.

    • | 4th Mar 20

      Well thank you so much. We definitely have wonky seams sometimes… but hopefully not too often 🙂

  2. Debbie | 4th Mar 20

    I enjoy your sweet blocks and adore your plans for your layout. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tara Beshai | 6th Mar 20

    I would like to start this project and love everything you do, so I am wondering how much fabric would I need for the background? I love the red and white color scheme you chose!
    Thank you Joanna!

    • | 6th Mar 20

      We dont know how it will all end up exactly. We are starting with 3 yards of the ivory solid. So if we need more later, we can easily add more.

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