2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 21 – updated with link

Oops – the link is in this post, so sorry!

Time flies, it is my week again!

I double checked the topic of the week, “Do you put labels on your quilts”.

Shocking but no, I do not sew a label to the back of my quilts.  What I do is use a Pigma Pen to sign and date on the backing fabric.  I do have a reason, and it became a habit for me. Back in the 1990’s when I was making small/doll quilts and selling them, I figured a label could be unsewn and the maker’s identity would be gone, so I began signing my quilts with a Pigma Pen and I still do that today.  See I had a reason and it works for me.  One of the things I love about quiltmaking is there are many ways to accomplish anything, no one way is right or wrong, so what we do makes it ours.  That is all.

However, I also love when I see wonderful labels on quilts because many quilts are ‘given’ to special people, and have special messages, that should be on a label.

This week is a block called ‘Flying Geese Variation’, it could have another name or names, but I like this one.

I did a step by step tutorial in Block 15 for ‘No Waste Flying Geese’, you can easily access this post in the permanent link at the end of this post.  The only difference is make the units with 2 fabrics instead of 3 fabrics.

Here is my block:

Block 21

It is comprised of 4 corner squares, 2 sets of No Waste Flying Geese yields 8 units, and a simple square in a square block in the center.

Make 2 sets of No Waste Flying Geese per the step by step tutorial in Block 15. Once again I used the 1″ x 2″ Flying Geese ruler by Bloc_Loc.  I have several sizes of these rulers, they are very handy and accurate to use.

1″x2″ Bloc_Loc ruler

Follow the directions for the center square in a square, be sure and ‘square up’ the unit to measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, this includes the seam allowance.

Arrange your pieces as shown above, sew 2 Flying Geese units together, press seam in the direction the goose is flying, you do not want to nip the nose off by pressing toward the nose, do you.  Square these units to measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ as before.

Arrange the 9 units as shown above, sew to make rows, press seams in row 1 and row 3 toward the corners.

I pressed the joining seams open on the center row, since there were 2 points coming together it just wasn’t going to lay nicely.

Sew the rows together, matching the seam intersections, see the back of my block below.

Square up your block to measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, the block will be 6″ x 6″ when sewn into the quilt top.

Block 21 pressing

Finally I’ve made this block before only smaller, I made 3″ finished blocks in a quilt for my Jo’s Little Women Club 14 for 2015.  My Clubs are retired at the end of each Club year, please don’t ask for the pattern, it is currently retired, but I wanted to share the itty bitty, so darn sweet.  And many of you girls think 6″ blocks are small.

Block 21 atop JLW Club quilt from 2015

Here is the link to this weeks block:  http://unitednotions.com/Block21JM_FlyingGeeseVariation.pdf 


Do not forget to check out our other BlockHeads designers Blogs to see what they did with the block this week, and any of their tips or tricks, here are the links:


Lynne Hagmeier

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

Jan Patek

Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian

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

Lisa Bongean

Blog – https://lisabongean.com/

Moda Carrie

Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Last but not least, below is the link to a permanent page, it will be updated weekly to include the new block of the week, and the link to that designer’s block post.


Now . . . ‘Let’s Go Sew’!!!



2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 21 – updated with link — 10 Comments

  1. Great block Jo, thanks! And, yes I label everything. I also sign each quilt with a date and Bath, Maine just in case the label gets lost. I put extra info on the label, but like you I feel that if I sign under the label it adds extra security for future historians! Thanks again.

  2. I feel stupid asking, but I can’t find the link for the pattern on this page. I think I missed something, lol. Please help?

  3. Another great block. I label my quilts….if I remember. I have good intentions but I am so eager to start on the next project that when the binding is completed….you know the story. I am trying to keep a ‘quilt project book’ with info on the quilt like pattern used, fabrics, sizes, etc. I like the idea of signing the quilt itself.

  4. I always have a hard time finding the actual pattern every week. any suggestions. I have been at this week 21 for 30 min with no sucess

  5. Love this block. Thank you. Interesting about the way you sign your quilts. I don’t do labels, and wish I had in the past, but now I think I will sign in the corner of them, so they will at least have that. Thank you again for this wonderful Blockhead program.

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