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BH5 – Group 2, Block 7 – Vanessa Goertzen

BH5 – Group 2, Block 7 – Vanessa Goertzen

Written by: 
Anna Dineen


Happy Blockheads Wednesday, and Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re so excited to have Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique joining us again for Blockheads. Vanessa’s fabrics are the sweetest eye candy, and we think you’re going to fall in love with her Blockheads design this week – Star Bloom!

You can find this week’s pattern here: BH5 – Group 2, Block 7 – Star Bloom by Vanessa Goertzen

Follow along with Vanessa!
Instagram: @lellaboutique

If you’re new to Blockheads, here are a couple of quick things to know:

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(Looking for a little more information about Blockheads? You can check out the Blockheads 5 archive HERE.)

Be sure to head over to Vanessa’s blog as soon as you’ve downloaded the pattern! Vanessa is sharing her tips and tricks for fabric placement and construction options for Star Bloom. You can find Vanessa’s blog post here: Star Bloom blog post by Lella Boutique 

Something new we’re doing for this round of Blockheads is a weekly video. You can follow along with me as I sew the block of the week and share my tips and tricks and talk about different construction techniques. I’ll post the videos on YouTube and share them here on the blog. You can watch this week’s video below:

In this week’s video, we talk about a couple of different methods for making square-in-a-square units. I’m also sharing a clever ruler that makes centering and trimming your square-in-a-square units so easy! The Deb Tucker Square Squared ruler takes all the guesswork out of making this common quilting unit – be sure to watch the video to see how to use the Square Squared ruler for fussy cutting your center squares and trimming your finished units to perfection.

Are you ready to see our blocks?

Lissa is using Nantucket Summer for her blocks.

Alison is making a fall version in 12” blocks and a patriotic version in 6” blocks. I just love the fabrics she chose for her blocks this week!

And I am making a traditional/repro scrappy fall version and a sweet/cottage-y Americana version in 6” blocks.

Now…off you go to press, cut, and sew! And don’t forget to share your blocks with us in our Facebook group or on Instagram (#modablockheads5)!