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Blockheads ~ Not done yet!

Blockheads ~ Not done yet!

Written by: 
cnelson

It's been less than a week and I'm just not ready to be finished yet.  Maybe because I'm still not even close.  But Tammy finished her quilt!

Isn't this beautiful?  Tammy chose a Fall color palette because (1) she's from Indiana and misses the beautiful Fall colors, and (2) she's always wanted a Fall-ish quilt.  This seemed like the perfect way to use her favorite Reproduction and traditional fabrics to make a seasonal quilt.  (That she will happily use and enjoy all year-round.)

Tammy's quilt is also the perfect Blockheads quilt because it uses fabrics by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles, Jo Morton, Jan Patek and Betsy Chutchian.  There's also a little Blackbird Designs, French General, Sandy Gervais and Howard Marcus mixed in.

It's quilted too.

Beautifully.  By Angela McCorkle.

Some interesting facts about Tammy's quilt:

  • This is the first Sampler quilt she's made.  While Tammy taught them in her shop years ago, this is the first one she's actually made.
  • Ditto for a Block of the Week - and a Block of the Month.  Taught them... never made one for herself.
  • Less than five fabrics are used more than once in the quilt - every background is different.
  • While she didn't have a setting in mind when she started, this is a setting Tammy had seen and liked for sampler quilts so it was always in her mind as a likely choice.
  • With this setting in mind, most of the appliqué blocks were stitched so that they could be set on-point.

This is center block - it is also one of her favorite blocks.  The only thing she would have liked better about it is if the half-triangle squares were even smaller, twice as many.  (Tammy really loves tiny piecing.)

While she wasn't able to keep up with all of Betsy's mini blocks - there were two Quilt Markets during Blockheads - she still made quite a few.  And four were incorporated into Tammy's finished Blockheads quilt as the forty-ninth block.

These two pictures also highlight a rule-breaker!  For many years, the prevailing wisdom was that White and Tan backgrounds should never - never - be used in the same quilt.  It simply wasn't done!  But this quilt shows that it can be done... should be done... and has been done!  Beautifully.  (So there!)

Don't you love how the dark triangle-surround changes the look of several blocks?

Are you inspired to hurry up and finish your quilt?

I made 104 flying geese over the weekend so I'm working on it!  If I've counted correctly, I only need 92 more.  And four more blocks.  That's for the blue and cream quilt.  I'm not going to count Figgy blocks and parts yet.  Soon.

How are you progressing on your blocks and quilts?

If you've checked #modablockheads on Facebook and Instagram, you might have seen a few quilt tops popping up.  There have been a few in the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group - it's not too late to join.

Or you can just join Tammy and finish your quilt.

Happy Wednesday!

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