When I saw the start of the Moda Block Heads 3, I knew I had to make one. I have a half yard bundle of Sarah's Story by Betsy Chutchian just begging to be used.....so I did. I'm going to make my blocks using only Betsy's fabrics and call it Betsy's Medley since I'll be combining several different lines that Betsy has designed..
I had to join in on the fun because I've made this block literally hundreds of times. I've made four Country Charmer quilts with this block. This is my most popular pattern of all time and it has been in Keepsake Quilting catalog.
My second most popular pattern is Heritage.....and there is that same block again, this time turned on point. This quilt has also been in Keepsake Quilting.
I helped my guild make their scholarship quilt, also using this same block and my Heritage pattern.
I include block layout sheets in all of my patterns when there are a lot of pieces. This will keep you organized.
I work my way around the block and stitch as many pieces as I can in one pass around the layout sheet.
When it comes to sewing those little, pesky triangles to the square, I use a corner trimmer and trim the corners at a 90 degree angle. Then the triangle is ready for stitching. Also, I turn the unit over, with the triangle against the feed dogs on my machine and stitch. The stretchy, bias part is then fed in by the feed dogs and not by my fingers that may stretch the unit.
I cut the corners off the next triangle at a 45 degree angle.
When I turn it over and place it on the unit, there's absolutely no guesswork involved. It fits perfectly.
After I have all of the sections stitched together, I then put the rows together.
Click HERE for a more comprehensive tutorial on my blog that will walk you through the construction of this block. It's a tutorial I put together several years ago when Country Charmer was a worldwide quilt along.
By clicking HERE you will be directed to the Moda website and find out how you can download the free directions in three different sizes.
This is one of the fabric lines that I will be using. It is so gorgeous, and is available in shops now.
So wish me luck keeping up with this program. It's one more thing on my plate, but it is a delicious part of the plate.