Blockheads ~ Block 27

It’s September!  Fall!  For some… it’s the happiest time of year because Fall marks the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  And of course, a Fall color palette.

These are Tammy’s blocks – all 27 of them.  As soon as we get a design wall hung in the office, we’ll take a picture of them laid out.

This is Block 27 ~ Union Variation.  It’s from Jo Morton.  Except Tammy made this one using fabrics from Jo Morton, Jan Patek, Kansas Troubles and Blackbird Designs.  Starting in the center – the green is from New Hope by Jo Morton (more on that soon), the gold is from Wild Orchid by Blackbird Designs, the green HTSs are from a Kansas Troubles collection and the background if from Jan Patek’s Fern Hill

CLICK HERE for the link to Jo’s blog and link to Block 27 – Union Variation.

As always, the background is from Snowberry by 3 Sisters.  The prints are from Lexington by Minick & Simpson, Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, and Alice’s Scrapbag and Union Blues, both by Barbara Brackman.  

For my Fig Tree & Co. block, the fabrics are from the Farmhouse and Chestnut Street collections and the background from the in-shops-now Ann’s Arbor by Polly & Laurie, Minick & Simpson.

One quick thing to mention, these half-triangle squares finish at 1″.  Because there are more than a few of them and they’re all the same two prints, this is a great time to use triangle paper.  Do you use it?  I do and two papers that work perfectly here are Primitive Gatherings’ Triangle Paper and Spinning Stars Triangle Paper – both in the 1″ finished size.

These are the kinds of product I always have on hand for blocks like this.  And when you see setting for one of Lisa’s Blockheads quilts, you’re going to need some of these.  A lot of them.  (It’s good… it’s really, really good.)

Question of the Week ~ Is there a product-tool-ruler you wish you’d invented?

All of them!  Seriously.  I can’t think of one that stands out as being “the One”.  Starting with the sewing machine going right through the rotary cutter to some of my favorite rulers, I wish I’d been that clever.  Since I’m not, I’m happy that someone else was.  LED lights – the Daylight Slimline!  Couldn’t sew without it.  But wait… that still takes me back to the sewing machine.  And the seam ripper.  Thread!  Thank you DMC, Lecien, Presencia, Coats & Clark and Aurifil thread for making beautiful thread in every possible weight, in every color of the rainbow.  And the needle people!

The Post-It Note.  And Ziploc bags.  Now there are two products quilters can’t live without that I wish I’d invented.

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Jo’s blog and link to Block 27 – Union Variation.

Don’t forget that there is a Blockheads Archive with links to all of the published blocks and blog posts.

That’s it for today, September 6.  Be sure to visit Lisa, Betsy, Lynne and Jan to see their blocks and what other good things they might have made:

Don’t miss the blocks being posted to #modablockheads on Instagram and Facebook.

If you’re not already a member, you can still join the Moda Blockheads Facebook group.  It’s a busy group with lots of tips, suggestions and support.

Happy Blockhead Wednesday!

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4 comments on “Blockheads ~ Block 27

  1. David says:

    Jo Morton’s blog is temporarily out of action – please use the following link to download the file: http://unitednotions.com/Block27JM_UnionVariation.pdf

  2. Tracey says:

    Carrie, I have two questions for you this morning: how do you decide whether you are going to have a scrappy background or one background fabric? Two, what do you think a scrappy stella blue would look like? Would I lose the pattern if I went scrappy on it and didn’t use the blues for the large flying geese?? Thank you!

  3. Sandra B says:

    Carrie, I had to laugh when I saw what you said about Post It notes and Zip Lok bags….my husband says he wishes we had stock in both of those because I use them so much for my quilting projects! Like you, I could not function without them!!

  4. Hildy says:

    Love your blocks! I’m not good at inventing things but I’m alwaya amazed at how many ‘every-day’-things I ue for my sewing adventures.

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