Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Moda Blockheads BOW #3

KT Winner

Congratulations to:
Carol C. - I usually don't pre-wash, because I like to use the pre-cuts. The layered method looks really intriguing -- thanks for sharing the additional information! I love sampler quilts, and love these blocks... thanks so much!

You're the winner of our fat 1/8's 6-pack of reds. Thanks for stitching along.




Check the Moda Blockheads FB page each Monday where I'll post the Question-of-the-Week. You can post your answers when you share pics of your blocks and see all the designers' opinions, as well.

Blockheads Question of the Week:  Do you starch your fabrics before or during piecing?

I prefer spray sizing. Starch seems to lay on top of the fabric surface and gets stiff and shiny when pressed. I like that spray sizing penetrates into the fibers of the fabric, adding body but not stiffness. It provides a crisp, sharp seam when pressing seam allowances, especially on small pieces. Best Press works well, too.


Now on to the fun stuff. Here's Jo's Four X design that creates a cool star block. Make it in two colors, like we did here - or three, for a totally different look. Go to Jo's BLOG for more fun information.Can't wait to see all of your blocks on FB - #modablockheads.

Block 3 - Four X - Jo Morton
http://unitednotions.com/Block3JM_FourX.pdf


Here's Kathy's block done in Jo's yummy prints. I just found the yarn winder recently. The colors are great together! It might turn into the perfect hanger for a tiny quilt. Love seeing all the little blocks you're showing using the cut-off triangles. So cute!

Jo Morton's Four X Block #3 by Kathy Limpic

My Layered Patchwork version of Jo's block is here:

Block 3 - Four X - Lynne's LP Method

Love these huge tailor's scissors found on a recent antique trip.
Joy recommends stitching across the purple triangle points (see below) to hold them in place. It gives a more polished appearance. She changed thread color to match the fabric on this block - Aurifil green #5013 and purple #2570. Joy eliminated 12 seams using my LP technique.

Detail of Four X block. Note stitching on purple triangle points.

My Aurifil thread blends so well with my KT fabric we've discussed using hot pink or white so the topstitching shows up better. Just can't bring myself to do it. Remember all of our Aurifil threads - singles & my 10-pack box - are on special through March 30th on our website at Lynnes-Favorite-Notions.

Back of both Four X blocks - Kathy's (left); Joy's (right).


How about a 6-pack of purple fat 1/8's to add to your stash this week? Comment here to win.


91 comments:

  1. Another great block and yes I would love to add some purples to my stash!

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  2. I always starch my fabric for small piece piecing. Keeps things so much more accurate.

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  3. Purples just make me feel HAPPY💗

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  4. I love and collect purples. Welllllll, I collect all fabrics.

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  5. I'm loving seeing the blocks done both ways.. More work for somebody but it is an eye opener in how to redo blocks in the LP way. Thanks so much.

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  6. Love your blocks and I would love some purple fabric. I don't have much of that in my stash.

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  7. I love the "behind-the-scene" shots of the blocks. It is useful to see how others press their seams. It can make quite the difference in the finished product. Thanks for the chance at some purple fabric. I don't have much in my stash.

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  8. Thanks for this! I joined Blockheads last week plus I made a few blocks of my own choice just for fun. Have a great day!

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  9. Thank you for participating in this BOW, I love your fabrics and appreciate seeing how you put the blocks together.

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  11. I love how you paired the blocks with your recent vintage finds. Great idea for the yarn winder. I use spray sizing instead of starch.

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  12. Love this block. Can't wait to get it done. I use Best Press sparingly on certain appliques, but I don't use it when I piece.

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  13. Love those tailor's scissors! They look huge. I would love some purple fabric. It's one of my favorite colors. Thanks.

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  14. Purple - my favorite color! I'm a February baby so purple is my birthstone. And my team the Ravens have purple as a team color. Right now I'm collecting the patterns trying to decide on colors for this project. So I love seeing all the finished blocks & colors used. Thanks.

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  15. Purple fabric?!! My favorite color is purple. I know it, my family knows it and my friends know it! I love your purple and green block - very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Interesting how different we press the back of our work. Love the pink.

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  17. love the back as well as the front,,,,,,,good job

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  18. Love the color and I do not have enough in my stash! Great job to Kathy !!

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  19. I am also an Aquarius and love purples. However I am sorely lacking in purples. I don't often see them at the stores. I am loving the blockheads. Thanks for your offer.

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  20. Purple! My granddaughter's favorite color! Purple is not plentiful in my stash for the quilt I would like to make her. I love the challenge of the 6" blocks for Blockheads. Your system makes it easier - I learned something new. Thanks for being a part of the BOW and for the give-away.

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  21. These blocks are gorgeous :-)
    Interesting note about starch and sizing. I haven't used either yet.

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  22. I really need to stock up on some yummy purples. I love these blocks-so pretty!

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  23. Oh, my gosh! I've been looking for some purple fabrics; there is a hole in my stash with that color! Thanks for this fun sew-along!
    mjkonkel@tds.net

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  24. I love this block! I never use starch on my fabrics I just don't like to use chemicals but I'm careful with my cutting.

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  25. I really like the layering method - it's so easy. I just LOVE those deep colors :)

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  26. Love this block and would love to win your great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  27. I am really enjoying doing the blocks the Lynne way. I'm surprised how nice they turn out. Because the pieces are small and I want them to sew crisp, I am starching. Thanks.

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  28. My adult daughter adores purple, and just completed her first-ever quilt today. She needs this to start her stash!
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  29. I am loving the layering method - and love the blocks! thanks

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  30. I DO like starch or best press. I think that a dry iron works well too. I love the challenge of the small blocks though mine look dull and boring compared to others that I have see.
    Purple is my favorite color. Maybe that's what my boring blocks need- purple!

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  31. Great block! I like to use Best Press when I'm squaring up my blocks. I would love to add some purple fabric to my stash.

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  32. I'm going to try the layering method this week. It looks interesting.

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  33. Your block is so pretty and thank you for showing the front and back. It helps to see how you press your seams, too. The LP, layered patchwork has me intrigued so I'm gong to give it a try. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful block! Love your website too.

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  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE starch!! I have just started using it this year and what a HUGE difference it makes! I just ran out and I have to get some tonight so I can keep working on several projects. It is my favorite new thing!!!

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    1. To answer the question... I starch before and sometimes after if it still needs more!

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  35. Your method is brilliant! Love the block and your fabrics. Happy to be a BlockHead!

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  36. I am really enjoying exploring your method with the BOW. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. The top stitching adds such a sweet detail to the block. Keep up the hard work. Jeanie

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  37. Love your block. Thanks for showing the back. It sure helps with which way to press the seams. I would love to win the purple fabrics. I never really liked the color until recently when I started adding it to my scrappy quilts.

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  38. Your block is so pretty! Purple, I love purple! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  39. I am doing the blocks and enjoying it but haven't done this in a long time. I had some problems with Block 2 but finally got it done. This one looks easier to me.

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  40. Just finished block 3 doing them all the layered way of course. I'm loving doing this BOW, I find I'm "hangin out" waiting for each weeks to be posted! I'm a Blockhead and lovin it! Now..how am I going to wait for another whole week? lol

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  41. Wonderful blocks and information. I would love to win purple fabrics, my favorite!

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  42. Purple isn't a color I buy often so I could definitely use some. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

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  43. I love Best Press, although I use Starch in my Starch Brush when English Paper Piecing. I have been enjoying my KT threads and would love the purple fat eighths.

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  44. I use a light spray starch, I think because that was what my mother always used. I'm really enjoying the Blockhead BOW. And I'd love some of your purples!

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  45. Best Press. Little bit when ironing flat before cutting shapes. Then a little when pressing seams, tring to get in the habit of pressing them open. Love to use purple!

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  46. I do not use spray starch at all. I think the fabric has some stabilizer in it if it has not been pre-washed. Thanks for the great block patterns and for the giveaway.

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  47. I use Best Press. I was introduced to it a few years ago. I like, too, that I can pick a fragrance with it. Love your work, Lynne!

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  48. I have always used spray starch because I use it for regular ironing. I think I will get sizing and try it for fabric.

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  49. I use spray sizing whenever possible before cutting my fabrics. My blocks are accurate when I do.

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  50. Nope never have but lady I worked for did.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  51. Nope never have but lady I worked for did.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  52. I do not use spray starch.

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  53. I just used Best Press on blocks with exposed bias edges; it made a big difference in how the blocks fit together so well. Hubby was career Navy and I did his shirts so tend to avoid starch on general principle.

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  54. Who wouldn't love purple fabric? I especially love the beige fabric with the little purple flowers. It looks so great in Lynne's block. I absolute LOVE the yarn winder. It would make such an interesting mini quilt hanger. Such a great idea! Sharon
    slbolderson@hotmail.com

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  55. I would love purple - I've been collecting purple fabrics for the last few years so I can make a purple quilt!!!But I like scrappy so I need more!

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  56. I do like to use sizing when I work. I have found the secret though is to let it penetrate or soak into my fabric before hitting it with you iron. That way I have no gloss or shiny appearance to my fabrics.

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  57. I do like to use sizing when I work. I have found the secret though is to let it penetrate or soak into my fabric before hitting it with you iron. That way I have no gloss or shiny appearance to my fabrics.

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  58. I also use sizing when I stitch. I have found the secret is to spray and let it soak in or penetrate the fabric. That way when the iron is applied, my fabric does not get that "shiny" look.

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  59. Yes! Especially small quilts. everything stays nice and crisp. Don't use starch though, Best Press is what I love!
    Nancy
    eddnancy@msn.com

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  60. I have used both starch and sizing and like them both. Your point about starch sitting on top of the fabric is good, especially when it can burn from too hot an iron. I haven't tried Best Press, yet.

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  61. I use Best Press sparingly, but more so on tiny blocks ~ like Betsy's 3.5" ones which I'm making too! It's a good idea showing the back of the blocks as pressing is an important part in having the block lay flat. Love yummy purples! Thanks!

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  62. I mostly use Best Press when piecing...but after seeing results on Lisa Bongene's blocks (especially the little ones)I think I may have to switch to starch. Her blocks are sooooo perfect, straight edges all around!!!

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  63. The blocks are so neat! It's fun to see the new one each week! Thank you for taking time to give directions for your technic for each block!!

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  64. I like to use a little Best Press if a piece of fabric is really wrinkly before cutting. Sometimes I might use it to help press a block lay flat. Looking at the last picture above really shows how your layer technique reduces bulky seams.

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  65. I use spray sizing when cutting or piecing, it helps hold everything steady at the needle. I also let the sizing penetrate the fabric before hitting it with an iron to help eliminate shine an flaking. I would love the purple fat eigths!

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  66. I love putting a little bit of purple into my quilts! I don't use spray starch or sizing. If my block needs a little help I use Best Press or water.

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  67. Love the blocks. Purple is my favorite color!

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  68. A friend raided my stash for purples recently so I would love to replenish them! I didn't have many to start with, either! :)

    Sandy A

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  69. What a fun block! Your yarn winder is amazing. I've never seen anything like it, but now I'm on the hunt for a similar one!!!

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  70. I love your method of doing patchwork! Very clever. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  71. I do like to use sizing when I work. I have found the secret though is to let it penetrate or soak into my fabric before hitting it with you iron. That way I have no gloss or shiny appearance to my fabrics.

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  72. I love the purple in Lynne's block. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  73. Lynne your colours are perfect. I must try your LP method. So do i understand correctly you are gluing and the sewing over the raw edges? Is that right?
    I would love to see you do a video of this method. Imagine less seams and a flatter block...sounds all good to me.

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    1. Pam, you understand correctly. Put just a dab of glue on the triangle corners and position on the background fabric. Topstitch 1/8" from the raw edge. Simple!

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    2. Ok, I'm going to do it. Thanks for the help. I love the clean back. Your sew clever.

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  74. I have never used sizing spray, but will try it, as we cannot get Best Press where I live. Thank you for sharing this week's blocks! Gorgeous!

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  75. Ummmmm purple. Love purple. I would love to win some of your purple!

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  76. When I see your purples or repro purple, I tend to buy them because they are hard to find. Thanks for showing how you are doing the blocks.

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  77. Never been much of a purple person but would love to win the fabric to try them out. Thanks for doing this contest!

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  78. I love, love, love Thistle Farm! I bought 7 yards of the small blue flowers. Don't know what I'll do with it yet. Just had to have it!

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  79. Thank you! Love purple ....but hard to find...fingers crossed....jmh

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  80. Purple is my absolute favorite color in the world! I need these LOL

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  81. Your blog has inspired me to try something different besides strips and log cabins.

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  82. Would love any KT fabrics to add to my stash! Purple is one color I seem to need so this would be perfect!

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  83. Purples are so pretty in a quilt, like jewels! I have tried using both starch, sizing, and Best Press for adding body to my quilt fabrics. Love it all!

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  84. I usually use Best Press(flannel I use Sizing) before I cut, then I don't starch again until my block is complete. If you do too much while still piecing you should keep resizing because of the tendency of wet fabric to stretch.

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  85. I would love, love,love to win some purple fabric.
    Thank you

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