2017 Moda BlockHeads, block 14

Question this week:  when we teach, what is the one tip you always share:   I have only ‘one rule’ in making my quilts, ‘keep your rotary cutter closed when not in use’.  Other than that, we are all wired differently, we will therefore have different ways that work best for us, quiltmaking is not one size fits all. I think it is fun that there are many ways to accomplish the same thing!

The Square in a Square block this week is by our friend Betsy Chutchian. It is a fun block to make.  Go to her Blog to download the block file.

Betsy Chutchian

Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

I want to share how I cut stripes for a block like this.  Sometimes I like to tame my stripes, other days I let them go every which way.

To tame the stripes, note that the 2 squares are cut in opposite directions, or a ‘V’,  this will allow you to line up the stripes around a square.

cut the 2 squares of stripe fabric in opposite direction

see how the stripe lines up

sew to opposite sides of center unit

looking good

my block this week, lots of controlled stripes

Pressing and squaring up is easy this week

some of my blocks so far, this one fits in nicely


Be sure and check the Blogs from the rest of our friends for their tips and tricks.

Happy Hump Day from Jo


Lynne Hagmeier

Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/







2017 Moda BlockHeads, block 14 — 10 Comments

  1. Great to have the controlled stripe tip …… so often don’t take the time to “figure” it out and now I have a system….. a “V”

  2. Brilliant! Thanks for the great tip,thanks for the great adventure in the blockheads quilt and thanks for giving such a personal touch from you and your friends! It shows how much you value each other and great to see in a work place…

  3. Thank you so much Jo for this great tip. It is just so wonderful that all you designers are sharing all your great tips with us. I also love all your pressing tips too.

  4. Thank you so much Jo for the stripes tip. I’m using some of your fabric in this block which just happens to have stripes. I am so enjoying Moda Blockheads and appreciate all the designers’ time and creativity they are putting in to provide us with a new block each week!

  5. Thank you for the great tip on working with stripes. I read it Wednesday and have already used it twice. Thanks again!

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