week 5, block 5

Good Wednesday morning!

I’m going to begin this morning by letting you know that I use Aurifil 50 wt thread on my sewing machine, (seems I forgot to tell you that last week), my machine loves it, very little lint when I change bobbins. I’m currently using #2900 a shade of tan that works well with my color palette.

Sewing Machine needles is this weeks topic.  I use Schmetz 70/10 Denim needles, have used them for probably 15 years.  I change needles about every 5 to 6 bobbins.  I used to wind 10 bobbins at a time, now I wind 5 or 6, as it is the perfect reminder to change the needle.

The exception is, I’ll change the needle after a marathon of using triangle paper for lots and lots of HST.

This weeks Moda Blockheads block is by our friend Lisa Bongean.  There are a few more pieces in this block, so I proceeded slowly and carefully, made sure each unit was the correct size before sewing units together.  I’ll confess that my 1st block measured at 6 5/8″ plus a couple of threads.

I made a second block with a different set of fabrics, it came out perfectly at 6 1/2″.

But, I liked my fabric choices on the first block much better . . . the next day, I made a third block and it also came out perfectly at 6 1/2″.  I sort of have the rhythm of these small pieces now.  Can’t wait until it is Lisa’s turn again!

block 5

This week I’m sharing a picture of the back of my block, to show you how I pressed. Some seams were pressed open, other seams were clipped so I could press to reduce the bulk.  The front looks great, so it worked for me.  Your pressing may vary.

block 5, my pressing, some seams open, some clipped

 

Do not be in a hurry when making this block, you can do it, the result is this gorgeous block!

Happy Sewing!


Comments

week 5, block 5 — 29 Comments

  1. Hi Jo, I’m loving this challenge and am so enjoying being part of this group. I’m having trouble finding the link to the actual pattern for block 5. Am I missing it somewhere?

    • Bev,
      Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, you will get the link to the block there. And . . . you will get her tips if needed!

  2. daunting but yes, beautiful!! I have moved and my quilt books are still packed/storage. so I need a tutorial on clipping please please!! Also I can’t get to the actual block instructions on this one somehow…my machine will be up and running soon. moving is not fun!! LOL
    thanks in advance…sincerely, JoAnne

    • Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, you will get the link to the block there. And . . . you will get her tips if needed!

    • Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, you will get the link to the block there. And . . . you will get her tips if needed!

  3. You back picture is priceless…. your warning to go slow and measure each unit is noted…. now I just need to find the directions…. I know she will eventually post them it is just so hard to wait……

    • Each week, you go to the Blog of the featured designer, you will get the link to the block there. And . . . you will get her tips if needed!

  4. Hi Jo! I have never written to you before. Just wanted you to know I love your work. You inspire me! I love your color choices for this block. Can you tell me why you use a denim needle for your piecing? I am currently using a top stich needle. I am anxious to try some aurifil thread. Is it spring in your neck of the woods yet? Happy Quilting : )

  5. I’ve never clipped seams on the back of a block, so I’ll have to study your picture closely. But I think it would make a difference. I’ll see on this block and maybe go back to blocks 1-3 and check them, though they are laying flat now. Thanks for the tip!

  6. This is the second week that I have been unable to print the block. I do just what you say to do by going on the featured designer but nothing. I am now two weeks behind because I couldn’t find last weeks and now this week. The first three were no problem at all. I work on a computer all day long so it isn’t that I don’t know how to use them. Please help. Thank you.

    • Kathleen, you should be able to click on the link in that week’s designers Blog Post. Do not click on the block picture (it isn’t a link), have to scroll down to find the block link (underlined URL). Let me know! Jo

    • KT Winner
      The winner of last week’s 6-pack of gold fat 1/8’s is:

      kmcallister – My favorite thread is also Aurifil 50 wt. Have used it ever since a repair man of Featherweights told me it would be the best to use on my machine. I have purchased the big cones I love it so much.

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your bits of KT sunshine.

      Question of the Week:
      What is your favorite needle size? Why? How often do you change your needle?
      I use a size 70/10 in my Bernina. The size of your needle needs to be compatible with the size of your thread. Finer thread requires a smaller needle, so my favorite Aurifil 50wt. thread fits well in a size #70 needle. There’s a groove in your sewing machine needle just above the eye. The thread needs to fit in that groove snugly for a good stitch. If your needle is too large, you can have wobbly stitches and uneven seams because there’s too much movement in the thread when guided through the eye of the needle. If your needle is too small for your thread, it can cause tension issues and breakage.
      KT Winner
      The winner of last week’s 6-pack of gold fat 1/8’s is:

      kmcallister – My favorite thread is also Aurifil 50 wt. Have used it ever since a repair man of Featherweights told me it would be the best to use on my machine. I have purchased the big cones I love it so much.

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your bits of KT sunshine.

      Question of the Week:
      What is your favorite needle size? Why? How often do you change your needle?
      I use a size 70/10 in my Bernina. The size of your needle needs to be compatible with the size of your thread. Finer thread requires a smaller needle, so my favorite Aurifil 50wt. thread fits well in a size #70 needle. There’s a groove in your sewing machine

      Moda Blockheads Block #5
      Block 5 – Coronation – Lisa Bongean
      http://unitednotions.com/Block5LB_Coronation.pd

      Moda Blockheads Block #5
      Block 5 – Coronation – Lisa Bongean
      http://unitednotions.com/Block5LB_Coronation.pdf

  7. Oh, I am laughing out loud at all of the previous posts! By the end of this SAL, we should have it all down! Anyways, I just wanted to tell you how stunning your block is! Love it!!

  8. I so enjoy being a part of the Blockheads, but even more being apart of your blog, Jo. You share some very important techniques and hints to get these small blocks to come out to size. thanks, Jo Nice getting to know you.

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