13 January 2020

Moda Blockheads 3 {The Layout}

Who's ready for Moda Blockheads 3?! The fun begins this Wednesday 1/15/20.
If you're new to Moda Blockheads: this is a popular (free) block-of-the-week sampler sew along put together by a bunch of us Moda designers. 56 weeks = 56 blocks, and this year you get to choose the size of each block you make. That's right. The block of the week will include instructions to finish at 4", 6", 8", or 12". Pretty cool!
But how will you decide what to make? Good question. We Moda designers are already headed off in different directions. We're sharing our quilt top layouts ahead of time to give you as many ideas as possible. I'm keeping my layout somewhat simple with what I'm calling "Mama's Linoleum Layout." In the mockups, you'll notice numbered squares (they represent sampler blocks, yet to be revealed). These examples show 6" and 12" sampler blocks plugged in, but what's important to note is they fill a 12" finished area either way. This means you could come up with other combinations using the 4" and/or 8" sampler blocks to fill the 12" sections in whatever way you'd like. The purpose of this post is simply to provide a layout idea to plug your sampler blocks into.
MAMA'S LINEOLUM no. 1 
This layout example uses (36) 6" sampler blocks plugged in. 
Finished block: 24" x 24"
Finished quilt: 72" x 72"
moda blockheads 3
MATERIALS:
  • (36) 6" finished sampler blocks -OR- a combination of sampler blocks so you have 9 units finishing at 12" x 12" (a fat quarter bundle is a good start no matter what size of blocks you settle on)
  • 3.5 yards charcoal fabric 
  • 2.5 yards white fabric 
CUTTING:
*WOF means Width of Fabric, I'm assuming 40" WOF in my calculations. 
1. From the charcoal fabric, cut and label the following:
  • (6) strips 6.5" x WOF. Subcut (36) "A" squares 6.5" x 6.5" (6 per strip).
  • (8) strips 7" x WOF. Subcut (36) "B" squares 7" x 7" (5 per strip). 
  • (7) strips 3.5" x WOF. Subcut (72) "C" squares 3.5" x 3.5" (11 per strip). 
2. From the white fabric, cut and label the following:
  • (8) strips 7" x WOF. Subcut (36) "D" squares 7" x 7" (5 per strip). 
  • (7) strips 3.5" x WOF. Subcut (72) "E" squares 3.5" x 3.5" (11 per strip). 
MAMA'S LINEOLUM no. 2
This layout reverses the placement of the charcoal/white and uses only (9) 12" sampler blocks. This could be a great compromise for someone who wishes to participate in MB3 (but may not be able to afford the weekly time commitment). 
Finished block: 24" x 24"
Finished quilt: 72" x 72"

moda blockheads 3optionb
MATERIALS (WHITE VERSION):
  • (9) 12" finished sampler blocks -OR- a combination of sampler blocks so you have 9 units finishing at 12" x 12" (a fat quarter bundle is a good start no matter what block sizes you settle on)
  • 2.5 yards charcoal fabric 
  • 3.5 yards white fabric 
CUTTING:
*WOF means Width of Fabric, I'm assuming 40" WOF in my calculations.  
1. From the charcoal fabric, cut and label the following:
  • (8) strips 7" x WOF. Subcut (36) "B" squares 7" x 7" (5 per strip). 
  • (7) strips 3.5" x WOF. Subcut (72) "C" squares 3.5" x 3.5" (11 per strip). 
2. From the white fabric, cut and label the following:
  • (6) strips 6.5" x WOF. Subcut (36) "A" squares 6.5" x 6.5" (6 per strip).
  • (8) strips 7" x WOF. Subcut (36) "D" squares 7" x 7" (5 per strip). 
  • (7) strips 3.5" x WOF. Subcut (72) "E" squares 3.5" x 3.5" (11 per strip). 
These are just a couple ideas, I hope that helps you get a good start! I'll share more layout piecing instructions soon here (you can also subscribe to my posts on Instagram @lellaboutique where I post the majority of information). Also make sure you're a member of the Moda Blockheads Facebook group so you can get easy access to the blog links each week.