Hello Everyone! After all of our travel over the past month, it was nice to get back into my routine this past week. I did some yard work, cleaned the house and enjoyed some beautiful days outside with my stitching. I also finished up Step 5 of the Sew Your Stash Along, worked on the upcoming Halloween collection, worked on my nephews graduation quilt and finished the Moda Blockhead 1 quilt.
I am so happy to finally have finished this quilt. I started it in March of 2017 when the first weekly Blockhead blocks were posted. I mostly kept up with making one block a week for 48 weeks. For those who may not know, the first Moda Blockhead BOW was free and used 6 designers. If you are interested in making the blocks now, they are compiled into the Moda Blockheads Book.
There are 48 6″ blocks. My quilt is 68″ x 80″ and I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting. I started with a small bundle of red, cream and black fabric and used fabrics from my stash and some new fabrics. It took a while to find just the right red and black for the borders, but I found the perfect fabric at Jenny Beyers Studio when I visited the shop in December of 2017. They are from Jenny’s Palette for RJR Fabrics.
I designed the layout using the two alternate colors of sashing and setting the squares on point. I finished the top in March of 2018, then it took me over a year to finish quilting it. I used Auriful 50 cotton wt thread for the piecing and most of the quilting. The brown thread in the sashing and border is Pacesetter 50 wt poly. You can definitely tell that it is shinier in person, but the color matched really well. I’m all about the texture and not seeing the thread.
I quilted each of the blocks individually on my Pfaff 4.0 QE (domestic machine). With such a large quilt, it was easier to keep the quilting confined to a small area and use smaller designs and background fills. I used all free motion quilting in these blocks. Because the areas were so small, I didn’t use my ruler foot and templates. I did use the point to point method on some of them where I marked the points I was quilting to and from.
For the setting triangles and setting square between the sashing, I did use my ruler foot and curved rulers to quilt the curved cross-hatch.
My color choice and setting gives this quilt a more traditional feel to it, so I kept the quilting more traditional, too. To me, that means lots of feathers! I quilted feathers in the sashing, then around the outside border. I haven’t quilted large feathers in a border in some time and these were lots of fun to quilt. I quilted a ribbon candy in the inside border.
The back really shows the quilting texture well. The fabric is by Betsy Chutchian for Moda. I just love this quilt and am so glad that I made it. I thought about making Moda Blockheads 2 last year, but after seeing the blocks, I’m glad I didn’t. It’s a lovely quilt, but there are several different block sizes and I do like a little more conformity in my quilts than that one is.
Just a few other things that I’ve been working on:
Step 5 of Diane Knots Sew Your Stash Along was a small checkerboard. I went back and forth on the colors for this one, but finally decided on the red and dark blue.
I needed darker fabrics because the star blocks are on the lighter side. Next up is 88 flying geese, which I haven’t thought about yet.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post on my x-stitch and what I was going to start next. I decided to go with With Thy Needle and Threads (Brenda Gervais), Where Liberty Dwells Ohio Star piece. It’s that red, white and blue time of year.
That star reminds me of a piece of fabric I have from The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille.
Here’s my start on the fabric. I don’t think I’m using any of the called for colors because I didn’t have any. The red in the star is Schoolhouse Red from Gentle Arts and the White is DMC 3865.
By the way, I did finish the first chart of Jack Frost’s Tree Farm by Little House Needleworks.
I hope you have a great week. It’s going to be hot here, mid 90’s by the end of the week. Too hot for May! Thanks for stopping by!