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Gobsmacked...

Gobsmacked...

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cnelson

We were pretty sure many quilters would love the idea of a traditional-Repro-primitive Block of the Week but WOW.  Color me utterly astounded.  (And yes, that's the definition of "gobsmacked" according to Dictionary.com.  I checked.)

As busy as everybody is making blocks and getting started, several questions have come up here and in the Facebook Group.  Just in case you didn't know, there is a Moda Blockheads Facebook Group.

Lynne, Betsy, Jan, Lisa, Jo and I will all be sharing more details in the coming weeks, starting next week.  But until then, here is what you need to know.

The answer to most of the questions - size, setting, fabric requirements - is the same.  We don't know.

We have ideas of where we're going - mostly - but we all agreed that the fun of this would be not having a set plan from the outset.  It's about the journey, not the destination.

I can promise you that we're not going to leave you with a stack of forty-eight 6" blocks.  Before we get to the end, you'll know where all six of us are headed with our settings and our "by the way, I added this..."

So for this weekend, as you start pulling fabrics and making blocks, this is what to keep in mind:

Fabric Requirements.  If you like somewhat controlled scrappiness and you know you're going to want a "bigger" quilt, I would start with a stack of fat quarters.  A bundle from a collection or a stack you've picked yourself.

Scraps?  Perfect.  Smaller pre-cuts?  Also perfect.

Size.  While I haven't confirmed this, I would bet the farm that all six of us will be making at least a lap-sized quilt.  Though maybe Jo and Lisa will make a series of minis... but I'm not betting on it.  (Gauntlet thrown!)

(And Betsy!  She saves all her little corner triangles and makes itty bitty blocks!)

Me? I'm planning on making my quilt so that it finishes 70" square or 64" x 72".  Ish.  Sashings?  Probably.  Pieced.  A safe bet.

Setting.  Probably straight.  I think.  But don't write that in stone just yet.

I promise we'll be filling in some of the blanks as we go along.  For each of us, this really is about the simple pleasure of making something - and hanging out with others who love stitching as much as we do.

I'm sure this doesn't help as much as some of you would like but not to worry, we'll get there.  And whether it's here or on the Facebook Group, please feel free to ask any questions.  There are plans for those too - Lynne's busy getting that ready for next week.

So Happy Friday!

One last thing... for those of you that read yesterday's blog post by Linzee McCray... fifteen percent?  As if?!?  Try one percent comfortable - and that was only because I was chatting with Linzee.  (She rocks and I love working with her.) (Her book on Feed Sacks is a treasure of inspiration and information.)

To everyone who left sweet comments... aw shucks.  Thank you.  (You made my day - and a bit teary.)

Now go make something.

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