11 March 2020

Block 9 - Taos

Happy Wednesday! I've had a great time sewing along for Moda Blockheads 3 so far, and am happy it's my turn to share a block. If you're new to my blog--welcome!
Meet block no. 9 "Taos." This block was inspired by countless trips to New Mexico since I was a little--and most particularly, my favorite stop at the Taos Pueblo. This design reminds me of a motif you might see on native artwork like rugs, jewelry, pottery, etc. 
The fabrics I've picked make it look a bit like a spunky little sunflower! The buttery yellows are from my Farmer's Daughter collection; the skinny  bias stripe in charcoal is from my upcoming Bloomington collection (shipping in April). I think you'll agree it's a versatile block.
The instructions Moda wrote for me are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. I deviated a bit in how I constructed the block... In a nutshell, I made my HSTs (half squares triangles) using a different method; I also tweaked the center unit construction for fewer seams. Of course, you should do whatever makes the most sense for you.
If you're interested, here's the rundown of how I made mine--and how to calculate the math for whichever block size you're making if you'd like to follow suit. I made the 6" finished version, so I will use that as the example.
1.     Cut "A" and "B" squares as instructed.
2.     For "C" and "D" cutting, add 1/8" to the square measurement listed. (For my 6" finished block, I cut (4) "C" and (4) "D" squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" each.) Do not cut them in half diagonally.
3.     Instead, mark a diagonal line on the back of (4) "C" squares. Bring (1) marked "C" square right sides together with (1) "D" square, aligning raw edges. Sew 1/4" away from the marked line on both sides, cut along the marked  line, and press the resulting HSTs toward the darker print.
4.     Trim each HST to match your "A" and "B" squares. For me, that meant trimming my HSTs to 2" squares. (Each was approx. 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" prior to trimming.)
5.     Cut "E" squares as instructed.
6.     Cut only (4) "F" squares...
7.     ...and replace the remaining "F" squares with [what I'm calling] (2) "G" squares--each cut the same size as the "A" and "B" squares.
8.     In lieu of "Step #3" on the pattern download piecing instructions: Arrange and sew the "E/F" squares into (2) four-patch units. Next, sew the (2) "E/F" units together with the (2) "G" squares to form another four-patch as shown below. Sew the units into rows; press. Sew the rows together; press.
9.     From there, final block assembly is the same.
Hope you enjoy making this block as much as I did! If you missed it, I shared my final quilt top layout plans in a blog post here and even made a test block seen below. Stay tuned for a future blog post including the full instructions on duplicating my "Mama's Linoleum" layout.
full block 
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10 March 2020

Hop to It

I'm a week late but wanted to announce the new $5 pattern for March: Cottontail
Natalia Bonner is the genius behind the custom quilting on this one. (Just look at all that yummy, swirly texture!) Cottontail is made using traditional piecing methods and can be made with a combination of fat quarters and fat eighths. 
Here is a mock-up with a background of Grunge in "Grey Couture." Fun to see those pastels pop against the dramatic background.
Cottontail grunge bg
If you don't want to make a full quilt, there is a single-block version of the pattern available (also on sale) with includes instructions to finish it as a pillow or wall hanging. 
Little Cottontail pillow
If you're sewing along with Moda Blockheads 3, stay tuned tomorrow for a brand new block here.