Blockheads ~ Block 47

This is the penultimate Blockheads post.  You have to know by now that I’ve been waiting forty-six weeks to use that word.

I’m going to miss seeing all the blocks popping up but… hopefully not for long.  Fingers crossed!

Starry starry nine-patch… paint your palette gold and dark navy-indigo… that doesn’t have quite the same flow as Don McLean’s Vincent but that’s what comes to mind every time I see the name of this block – Starry Nine-Patch.  By Lisa Bongean.  (Like you didn’t already know that when you saw the little triangles.)

This is Tammy’s block – the prints are from Primitive Gatherings’ Little Gatherings and the dark navy-indigo piece is probably from Collections for a Cause Millbook 1889 by Howard Marcus.

CLICK HERE for the link to Lisa’s blog and the link to Block 47 – Starry Nine-Patch

These fabrics are from Snowberry by 3 Sisters, Lexington by Minick & Simpson and Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian.

Snowberry by 3 Sisters, Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, Fern Hill by Jan Patek, Alice’s Scrapbag by Barbara Brackman and I don’t know where that lighter blue print is from.

Starry Nine-Patch ala Fig Tree Tree & Co. is a combination of Farmhouse and Chestnut Street, with the Regency Blues by Christopher Wilson-Tate background.


The same two Figgy collections and my favorite Liberty Gatherings‘ tiny star print by Lisa Bongean.

One little thing to share… for star blocks like this one, I love Jo Morton’s “clipping trick”.

Use sharp scissors to clip into the seam on either side of an intersection so that you can press seams in opposite directions.

(P.S. Please forgive the lighting on some of these pictures.  I forgot to bring my blocks into the office and by the time I got home to take pictures… it was a wee bit dark.)

Question of the Week ~ Now that we’re nearing the end… if you could start your blocks and quilt over again, is there anything you’d have done different?

I would.  As much as I like the blue Reproduction blocks, I would have added bits of red and gold to the blocks from the beginning.  And I would have added more blues, reds and yellows from Minick & Simpson to the fabric mix.  I’m trying to make up for it a bit by adding it to the blocks and parts I still have left to make.  I counted blue blocks the other day and while I have been making some extras-duplicates along the way, I need to make eight more blocks to have the sixty-four I need.  All of those blocks will have red and gold in them.  I’ll also be adding a few more red and gold geese to that mix.

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Lisa’s blog and the link to Block 47 – Starry Nine-Patch

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, January 24.  Be sure to visit Betsy, Lisa, Lynne and J0 to see their blocks and what other good things they might have made:

And don’t miss the blocks being posted to #modablockheads on Instagram and Facebook.  The colors, styles of fabric and block variations are wonderful.

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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11 comments on “Blockheads ~ Block 47

  1. Patricia Hall says:

    this is one great quilt and i have enjoyed seeing and anticipated each block. thanks all you girls for your wonderful talents you have shared with all of us one more to go and then setting.

  2. Sandi says:

    I have learned so much from all of you. I would of sashed my blocks right away. If I had to do it all over again.

  3. Cathy says:

    Thanks Carrie for the clipping/ironing photo. I’ve seen it on Jo Morton’s blog but the larger close up is helpful. I think I would have gone with a different color scheme. I like the teals I’ve used but I think I would have also enjoyed red, white, & blue. I really appreciate you and all the designers for providing the free blocks, weekly blogs, and instructions. You guys are great!

  4. pam miller says:

    Penultimate is my second favourite word. My favourite is “tergiversate” — not sure why.

  5. Hildy says:

    I love your blocks and I’m so sad that it’s almost done. What I would make different is that I would start sooner with sewing all the blocks together and buy more white background fabrics.But did I understand this right? There’ll be another sew-along? Yeah for it!!!

  6. Diana Lentz says:

    I’ve really learned from this wonderful quilt block challenge. I would have bought more background fabric. Also thinking about the setting or connector blocks having additional background fabric would have helped. This is a challenge so I will figure it out! I can not wait to see all the wonderful quilts everyone come up with! Thank you to all for such a rewarding experience!

  7. Mary Platt says:

    I would have actually kept on this. I have a dozen blocks made and then life happened and I was distracted. But I printed out the pattern every week and kept them with the fabric and I will return to it soon.

  8. Kelsie says:

    This block was fun. Have to admit, I thought Ms Lisa’s final block would be the Odd Fellows Chsin. I was dreading it! The thing I le a red most from Ms Lisa was triangles and that simpler fabric works well with blocks made of tons of pieces. Thanks!

  9. lif strand says:

    I’m asking this question for a customer of Quilter’s Haven in Eagar AZ: Apparently along the way there have been some corrections to a few patterns. Do you have a list of which ones have the corrections? Thanks!

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