2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 48

Once again it is our most favorite day of the week . . . Wednesday!

The question this week is . . . do you have a setting figured out for your blocks?  I’ve seen some people have a plan from the beginning, and have been sewing the setting at the same time.  That is not me.

I’m playing with a setting, a straight set with sashing and cornerstones and a border.  Nothing fancy, very traditional as always, from Jo.

This weeks block is by our friend Carrie:

Moda Carrie – http://blog.modafabrics.com/

First I’ll show you my pressing and clipping on this block, and yes I did press some seams open, not my normal routine, but it lays nice and flat.

Block 48, pressing

My block this week.

Block 48

Be sure and check our friends Blogs to see their versions!

Lynne Hagmeier – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Betsy Chutchian – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/

I want to share what I’ve been playing with for a setting, the picture below is on the design wall, nothing is sewn together, auditioning sashing fabric, cornerstones, and possible border fabric.  This is how I decide what to use.  The border fabric is just folded and pin to the design wall.  I work visually.  I do not do any computer designing at all, this is my mode of operation for 38 years, it works for me, not changing now!

If I choose this stripe, I will stay stitch the outer edge before sewing it to the quilt top. As you know cutting fabric from selvage to selvage has some stretch, I feel this is a bit of insurance that the outer edge won’t stretch and wave.  I may use cornerstones over mitered corners too. Always have options, and sometimes things change more than I imagine when the time comes to cut and sew the quilt top, I may audition something else, who knows?

possible setting and fabric choices

Looking forward to see what you all will do with your blocks.  I’ve enjoyed your weekly block show on Facebook and will be watching as you share your progress.

Thank you ladies for sharing this journey with us. Stay tuned to the BlockHeads, there may be something exciting coming . . .   Jo



2017 Moda BlockHeads BOW – Block 48 — 3 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing all your time & talents. Can hardly wait to see your final setting. It’s been wonderful visiting each week.

  2. Intrigued by the stay stitch idea you do this to your border strip? Just a straight stitch along the edges? I always have waves no matter what I try. Would like to try this method

    • I think this goes back to when I made clothes? (a very long time ago)
      Anyway . . . when I machine piece blocks, I use a 2.0 stitch length.

      When I stay stitch, I use a 2.5 stitch length and sew near the outside edge of the seam line (less than the 1/4”), so the stitching will be hidden by the binding.
      Or, you could also do a shorter running stitch by hand.
      This stitching helps control the stretch of a cross-cut edge or a bias edge from stretching when either hand quilting, machine quilting, or long arm quilting.
      Hope this is helpful!

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