Blockheads? Blockheads…

I always liked Charlie Brown.  I think most of us did because unless you were the super-coolest kid in school, we could all relate to Charlie.


Charlie was also a “blockhead”.  Maybe not the same kind of blockhead as most quilters are, but we won’t hold that against him.

Blockhead. noun block·head \ˈbläk-ˌhed\  A quilter who likes to make a wide variety of quilt blocks, who probably collects books filled with quilt blocks, who has lots of random quilt blocks but still wants to make more.

Does that sound like you?

I know five Blockheads.  They share a common bond in that they all love traditional and Reproduction fabric – they like to joke that they’re on the “dark side” of quilting.  Last Fall, they put their heads together and decided to create a Block of the Week – BOW – made with 6″ blocks.  They would each design eight blocks, swap the blocks and then share them with everybody else.  There will be forty-eight blocks with one posted every week starting in March.

The blocks will be available as free downloads.

The Moda Blockheads are:

Lynne Hagmeier – Kansas Troubles.


This is Lynne’s Gooseberry Lane Sampler quilt.

Betsy Chutchian.


Tennessee Lady – made with Betsy’s Rachel Remembered. I do love these blues.

Jan Patek.


Jan made Rufus in the Garden with her beautiful Coral Bells collection.

Jo Morton.


Logan’s Crossroads – made with Jo’s Reflections collection.  Hmm… more blues.

Lisa Bongean.


Lisa’s Land of the Free, made with her Liberty Gatherings.  Red, white and… blue.

If you’re keeping track, that’s five designers.  With eight blocks each and forty-eight blocks total… the Blockheads need one more.

Guess who?

6″ blocks.  Scrappy.  I’m in!

I’ve decided to use only blue fabrics from Moda designers – the five ladies I’ve mentioned so far, Minick & Simpson, some 3 Sisters and I’m sure there will be something else.


I’m particularly looking forward to working with this background fabric – it’s one of Moda’s Premium Muslins.  That’s it under the blue prints and pattern pages.

The one in the picture – under the blue prints and the pattern pages – is a 90″ wide, high-thread-count cotton in Warm White.  It is – #9948 11.

While I love the creamy ivory of the Warm White, I also love the 200-thread count 110″ wide muslin that comes in a Warm White – #9954 11.  It is described as being “a percale”, which is a high-thread count cotton known for it’s smooth finish and soft feel.  This fabric is so silky soft, it almost feels like a lawn.

If you’ve ever shied away from using extra-wide backings because the fabrics didn’t feel quite the same, I think these would change your mind.  They definitely changed mine – I am looking forward to using the 200-thread extra-wide on the back of a quilt soon.  I also love that they’re budget-friendly.  And silky soft.  (Seriously – you would not believe how really amazing these fabrics feel.)

Blockheads Block of the Week.

  • Starts – March 8th
  • Blocks – each Blockhead will post the same block each week on their blog, Facebook or website.
  • The Blockheads are all making blocks and a quilt – setting ideas and instructions will be provided at the end.
  • Scrappy!  That’s one thing all six of us have in common – we love scrap quilts, the more fabrics the better!  Most of the designers will be making a quilt using their own fabric collections… but there are a couple who are already whispering about making more than one quilt.  (Rumor has it that a few of the designers will be offering “starter packs” of their fabrics.)
  • Yardage?  If you know you’re going to want to use a single collection – I’d start with at least 24 fat quarters and 3 to 4 yards of background.

Here’s how to find everybody:

Moda?  We’re here.  And on Facebook and Instagram.

We’ll all be sewing along and making blocks and quilts.  Whether your style is traditional and Reproduction, or vintage, retro, modern, contemporary and everything else… the idea is to have some fun making quilt blocks.


So are you going to be a Blockhead in 2017?



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75 thoughts on “Blockheads? Blockheads…

  1. Count me in! Although I may need to go visit Lucy the psychiatrist to have my head examined with all of the projects I’ve got going now!

    1. Maybe we could book a double appointment!! Be cheaper, then we have some left over to buy more fabric!!! lol

    2. I know! I was going to be so good this year… not start a whole slew of projects until I finish a few I started last year. And the year before. But I’ve already “joined” three sew-alongs. Help me! (Actually don’t… it’s fun and it’s actually better than therapy. lol)

  2. You had me at traditional and reproduction fabrics! Plus, with all those wonderful Moda designers and Carrie, how could a blockhead say no!

  3. Yet another project I can get on board with! And I agree with you completely on the allure of the blues. Stunning.

  4. Whatever happened with the French General block design contest? Can’t find winners anywhere. I am definitely a blockhead. I see a quilt I like and just have to try making one block. This will be great!

    1. Hi Julie – Kaari will be announcing the winners on her blog and Instagram. That was scheduled for Monday but I’m not sure why it hasn’t been posted yet. As soon as we see a list posted, we’ll be happy to share. 🙂

  5. I am interested. How do I get your fabric pack? And how do I get your blog posts to get the patterns? I am not a tech whiz……

    1. Hi Peg – As a wholesale company, we are not selling the assortment of blue fabrics I showed as a starter pack or bundle – but a quilt shop might.

      When we start posting the patterns on March 8, there will be easy-to-follow instructions on getting the patterns. They will be a single page that is easily downloaded to your computer – or printed directly. To make sure you don’t miss any blog posts, you can Subscribe to the blog via e-mail. When you’re on the blog, there is a rectangle box on the right side of the screen that says Subscribe Via E-mail. Enter your e-mail address and click Subscribe. Or just come visit every Wednesday – we’ll be here. 🙂

    1. Hi Karen – I wish we did! Unfortunately, Moda is a wholesale company so we are not selling a starter pack of the fabrics I showed.

  6. I’m a total blockhead!! And considering that I live in a town just 15 miles north of the Snoopy Ice Arena and Museum, and my hubby dated Charles Schultz’s daughter, I’d better make sure I’m in!! 🙂 Can’t wait!! Hugs, H

  7. You know Gumby had block heads too…but they were NOT fun. This is fun!!! i am in like Flynn. Or Flint…I never know which one it is – LOL!

  8. I’m also excited to be here? same question – do you have a fabric pack and can we order the backgrounds that you referenced?

    1. Hi Jonnie – I’m sorry but we do not have a starter pack. Moda is a wholesale company so the fabrics I showed are a scrappy assortment I pulled from scraps and recent-upcoming collections. As for the Moda Premium Muslin, I don’t know who carries that specifically but ask at your local quilt shop. If they don’t have it, they might order it for you. 🙂

    1. Hi Maribeth – I wish you could but alas, Moda is a wholesale company so we are not selling the assortment of blue fabrics I showed as a starter pack or bundle. A quilt shop might. 🙂

    1. Hi Carol – I’m sorry but Moda is a wholesale company so I am not selling the assortment of blue fabrics I showed.

  9. I can’t imagine I missed this post the other day. Now I will be really behind on all the projects I will be (not) doing this year! I love these designers! Naturally, I am like the others who want the starter fabrics, but having read all your responses, I know that “Moda is a wholesale company and does not sell the assortment of blue fabrics shown.” I realize I need to make a schedule for myself and block out certain hours a day for sewing. Then I can get all these projects going. Thank you for all your genius ideas! I love the exhibit of log cabin quilts, too. Quilting is such an amazing enterprise whether it be making a quilt to stay warm through vicious Mid-west winters or quilting for sanity or fun. I love how women have always wanted beauty to surround them.

  10. If I use the quilt backing muslin for the background fabric, how much yardage of it will I need if it is 110″ wide? I know you said 3 to 4 yard but is that if I use 45″ fabric for the background fabric?

    1. Hi Carol – I got 2 yards of the 90″ width so I’m like maybe 99% sure that means I have the equivalent of 4 yards of 45″ fabric. 🙂

      For the 110″ width, you could get by with a bit less since you’ll have 20 extra inches in width. If I figured it correctly – always iffy – 1 1/2 yards of 110″ width would be the equivalent of 4 1/4 yards of 45″ yardage.

      1. Thank you so very much and by the way, I purchased your new book and it is great! Love those house quilts but then again, I love them all.

  11. Carrie, did you know my youngest son’s nickname has always been Charlie Brown. I swear it’s true. So naturally I want to be a blockhead. I see you’ve been busy – new book out, new patterns -where do you get the time.

  12. I truly can’t wait and I’m justifying it as a birthday present to myself since I’m a March baby!!! LOL

  13. Sorry you are a wholesaler! And won’t have a starter pack! I think I have all the others ordered . I will have to find my own blue ‘starter’ pack somewhere :). This just looks like fun and having my fav designers collaborating is fabulous.
    I need to get organized, ha. I downsized and had to give up my sewing table…..I haven’t figured out where I’m going to have my machine….maybe on the small dining table, I don’t sit there to eat!

  14. I am just getting back into quilting after a 20 year hiatus due to “mother duties” and “caring for elderly parents” duties, and I am soooooo excited about becoming a blockhead!!!!

    I am planning on creating a scrappy quilt, so I would like to know how the finished blocks are going to go together so I can plan my colors, tones, size of patterns, etc in each block.

    Would you please give me some guidance on this?

    Thank you!!

  15. Oh, yyyyyeeessssss! I get to be a total Blockhead!!! I am THRILLED! I consider the word a compliment, and I call my own dogs, as well as my student dogs, blockheads… With LOVE. . I’ve always loved teasing them with it. It all started with a very special Golden Retriever named George, who was the Blockhead style, or English style of the breed (big squarish head.) that we rescued. Smart, unbelievably intelligent, really beyond imagination and GOOFIER than all get out! He was incredibly special and totally Georgeous. That is my way of saying gorgeous – which I now use with fond memories of my boy. So now I get to sew my way into being a Blockhead, too. I will be in great, Georgeous company! That’s fur sure! Ha ha! I have a few stashes of KT fabrics that I think will be beautiful to make these with. I need to figure out how much of what it will take.
    Oh, this will be fun!

  16. I’m in, too. Judging by this lis
    of comments, I feel right at home. I’ve found my people 🙂

  17. So is the idea to make a series of blocks to use for one quilt ? I am making up the blocks in various colour mixes just to get the experience of doing different blocks and layouts.

  18. Since I don’t enjoy Applique I am going to substitute a pieced block. Will this mess up my quilt?

    1. Hi Linda – Not at all. Rule No. 1 – this is your quilt so you get to make it however you like. 🙂

      Sometime later this year – but well before the end – Lynne, Betsy, Jan, Lisa, Jo and I will be sharing our plans for settings and finishing the quilts. Without seeing them or knowing what any of those setting will be, I can say with absolute certainty that each design will work with only pieced blocks. So substitute away – and plan on seven more substitute blocks. 🙂

  19. Tomorrow is my last day before retirement! What a great way to start it than with this BOW project!! I am in !!!! I will have to play catch up but am really anxious to begin. I already love the blocks that are posted.

  20. Just stumbled across this block info… I know, I live under a rock out here on the AZ desert. Wondering if I have enough different r/w/b fabrics to make a QOV from some of these blocks. I might just try. 🙂

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