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Are you a Blockhead??


Blockhead. noun block·head ˈbläk-ˌhed  A quilter who likes to make a wide variety of quilt blocks, who probably collects books filled with quilt blocks, who has lots of random quilt blocks but still wants to make more.

Does this sound like you?

We are participating in the Moda Block-of-the-week Event. Six of Moda's top designers have teamed up to create 48 individual blocks that will be published weekly.

If you’re missing any blocks, alternate blocks or links to blog posts, you can find it all on the



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Blockhead Week 48
This is it, LAST BLOCK! Have you kept up? It was a challenge, finding the time to create one block a week! Some of us fell by the wayside, but others, like our Betsy committed to the project and were successful! Congratulations Betsy, we are really proud of you! The final block is from Carrie Nelson, Honeymoon.

Link to #48 Honeymoon

Blockhead Week 47
Starry Nine Patch is from Lisa Bongean, her last block before the setting reveals!

Link to Block #47 Starry Nine Patch

Lawyer's Puzzle by by Betsy Chutchian, four more blocks to go!
Blockhead Week 46
Cat and Dog (or Rufus and Dobby) by Jan Patek, another adorable applique pattern, and in case you are just joining us, Jan has given a recap of her applique process on her blog for this week. In addition, Lisa Bongean has an alternate block, if you are not a fan of applique. Link to Block 46 alternate here.

Link to Block #46 Cat and Dog

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Double Dutch by Jo Morton. Jo is a big fan of Flying Geese and has given us another great tutorial on the "no-waste" Flying Geese Method!

Link to Block #45 Double Dutch

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Lawyer's Puzzle by by Betsy Chutchian, four more blocks to go!
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Blockhead Week 41

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Any Direction, great name for a block to start off this New Year! Designed by Lynne Hagmeier, this block has so many alternate options, just using your color options. Just like the new year, you can go in "any direction," or go in all these directions to switch out the blocks that weren't really favorites!

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This week’s beautiful block is Jan Patek’s Turnstile block or another name is “coming and going”. With the holiday’s written into our memoirs, it’s time to start thinking about how you will finish this quilt!

Blockhead Week 41

This week’s block is Pinwheel Star by Lisa Bongean
Any fabric choice will work for this striking block
Block 41 is easy…but Lisa did notice one thing…the directions for the center pinwheel…when making those HST…trim them to 1 1/2″ before stitching them together (or just cut them 1 7/8″ to begin with)…she did not do it and thought they were a little big!

Link to Block #41 Pinwheel Star

Blockhead Week 39

Blockhead Week 40
This week’s block is Cardinal by Jan Patek
Eight More TO GO! Full disclosure, I am seriously behind. Betsy, however is right on schedule! Week 40 is a very cute applique cardinal. Jan has provided detailed applique instructions on her blog. Jan Blog Link. There is an alternate Block 40 pieced pattern from Lisa Bongean. Link to Block 40 Alternate. Enjoy!

Link to Block #40 - Cardinal
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Blockhead Week 39
This week’s block is Framed Star by Jo Morton
Blockhead question of the week, The question this week:  Have you started your Christmas Preparations? Baking? Shopping?  Well, you may be a little slow this year, and thinking you will never be ready, but somehow it always works out, doesn't it! Don't sweat the holiday things, just enjoy the holiday!
At first glance you may think these are different patterns, however, it is the same block! Some of the 2-1/2" centers have been changed on some, and color placement on others!

Link to Block #39 - Framed Star

Blockhead Week 38
This week’s block is Peace & Plenty by Betsy Chutchian
So Very appropriate that Peace & Plenty block was scheduled to present the day before Thanksgiving! Peace and Plenty to all our friends (yes all our customers are friends!) We hope you enjoy your holiday.

Link to Block #38 - Peace & Plenty

Blockhead Week 37
This week’s block is Double Delight Star by Lynne Hagmeier
So many color options for this block! But it is an easy block and Betsy, from the Round Bobbin loved making this one. Her block is the first one pictured. By the way, Betsy is creating this Blockhead quilt and is up to date on her blocks!

Link to Block #37 - Double Delight Star

Blockhead Week 36
This week’s block is Shoo Dat by Carrie Nelson
Carrie change her own block design, substituted half-triangle squares that finish at 1-1/4″ (measure 1-3/4″ with seam allowance included) for the plain square. (Cut the squares at 2-1/8″ to piece them to size, or cut them at 2-1/4″ and trim them to measure 1-3/4″ after piecing.)! Change up the blocks! Use the Alternate patterns when available!

Link to Block #36 - Shoo Dat

Blockhead Week 35
This week’s block is Northridge by Lisa Bongean
Loving the simplicity and contrast in this block. Link to Lisa's Blog Here. Lynne Hagmeier has given us a layered patchwork version and that link is here.

Link to Block #35 Northridge

Blockhead Week 34
This week’s block is Log Cabin Block by Jan Patek
Taking some time in this week's block for some slooow stitching applique. Its peaceful to sit and stitch and enjoy a slow moment. Jan has given us plenty of step-by-step photos. Link to Jan's Blog Here. Lisa has given us an alternate Week 34 block. Link to Lisa's alternate block

Blockhead Week 33
This week’s block is Starz by Jo Morton
Are your Halloween Quilts finished?? Nah, mine neither, but that's ok, the fabrics are fun and sometimes the purpose is the planning.
Link to Jo's blog here.

Blockhead Week 32
This week’s block is Dutchman's Puzzle by Betsy Chutchian
A fun flying geese variation this week. Eight Flying Geese in a Pinwheel pattern. This one is easy to make either traditionally, with a ruler or using Lynne Hagmeier's Layered Patchwork technique.
Link to Lynne's block method here.

Blockhead Week 31
This week’s block is Dot Dash by Lynne Hagmeier
A Churndash block for this week. We are getting experience with all the traditional blocks! Two piecing methods are featured for this block. Traditional or modern fabrics will make these blocks your own design. 

Blockhead Week 30
This week’s block is Four-Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson
This week's block is an easy one. Seems this week is busy for everyone! Link to Carrie's Blog here.

Blockhead Week 29
This week’s block is Juneau by Lisa Bongean
Juneau by Lisa is this week's block. Any fabric choice will work for this striking block! Link to Lisa's Blog here.
A cute acorn block for an applique alternative is created by Jan Patek. The link is below
And don't forget, Class Preview Party is THIS Saturday! Call to reserve your Seat!

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Blockhead Week 28
This week’s block is Pumpkin by Jan Patek
Jan Patek has created an adorable applique pumpkin for this week's block. Her blog has the instructions for using freezer paper, and you will see alternate ways to use this block outside the quilt. This week is all about alternates. There are so many ways to create this block in alternate styles. The alternate pieced block from Lisa Bongean is beautiful. You may want to create both!
Link to Jan Patek's blog
Lisa's instructions are a .jpg file so here is our PDF file link to the block. Alternately you could right-click on her file and save to your computer!

Link to Block #28 - Pumpkin

Blockhead Week 27
This week’s block is Union by Jo Morton
Jo Morton has a great pressing style, doesn't she! Each of her blocks lays flat. Follow her pressing on the block and see if it makes a difference for you. Link to Jo Morton's blog
Betsy Smyth from the Round Bobbin has been keeping up with her blocks and are featured as the first blocks in our post pic. Congratulations Betsy, your blocks are beautiful!

Link to Block #27 - Union

Blockhead Week 26
This week’s block is Cat's Cradle by Betsy Chutchian
Betsy gives a few nice tips on her blog, on cutting the initial blocks larger and trimming them down after you have sewn them. The link on her blog to the PDF is not active so here use the link below.

Link to Block #26 - Cat's Cradle

Blockhead Week 25
This week’s block is Twice the Friendship by Lynne Hagmeier
Lynne's layered patchwork technique makes creating this block twice as easy. Or, if you'd rather not attempt a new method, choose the traditionally pieced option.

Link to Block #25 - Twice the Friendship

Blockhead Week 24
This week’s block is Corn No Beans by Carrie Nelson
Carrie and the sewists at Moda's "Cutting Table" have created this block for use with 1-2-3 (4-5-6) fabrics in mind. One of the blocks at Moda is Scrappy, Jo Morton used 5 and Jan Patek used 2. Each look is perfect on its own.
Do you have all the pdf patterns?
Last count is 29 patterns 24 weeks! Head to the Blockheads Archive Page (link above) if you've missed one!

Link to Block #24 - Corn No Beans

Blockhead Week 23
This week’s block is Winneconne Star by Lisa Bongean
Lisa stirs her blocks and when she's finished a new block is created. Look at this simple 8 pointed star, for example. A whole new look is created by adding four patches in the center and the corners.

Link to Block #23 - Winneconne Star

Blockhead Week 22
This week’s block is Birdhouse by Jan Patek
Jan has a great tutorial on this week's block. An alternate block was created by Lisa Bongean and the link to that block is HERE
CLICK HERE to go to Jan's blog and tips.

Link to Block #22 - Birdhouse

Blockhead Week 21
This week’s block is Flying Geese Variation by Jo Morton
Jo uses the No Waste Flying Geese technique in making her blocks, with the 1″ x 2″ Flying Geese ruler by Bloc Loc. Ask at The Round Bobbin for the Bloc Loc flying geese rulers, they come in several convenient sizes. If you struggle with flying geese blocks, these rulers are what you need
CLICK HERE to go to Jo's blog and tips.

Link to Block #21 - Flying Geese Variation