Blockheads ~ Block 26

It’s Blockheads Wednesday and we have a mystery today!

This is Tammy’s Cat’s Cradle block.  We know that the black print is from Betsy Chutchian’s Bramblewood collection, the gold is from a Kansas Troubles collection and the background is a mystery.  Can you name that fabric?

For my Fig Tree & Co. block, the fabrics are from the Farmhouse and Chestnut Street collections and the background is my favorite tiny stars from Liberty Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings.  I thought there would be a little more contrast with the tan so… I might remake this block.  Or not.

CLICK HERE for the link to the Cat’s Cradle Instructions.

CLICK HERE to go to Betsy’s blog to see her block and her mini.

As always, the background is from Snowberry by 3 Sisters.  The prints are from Union Blues by Barbara Brackman and another mystery to be solved.  Neither FQ had the selvage and the only thing I know for sure is that they’re Moda.

Question of the Week ~ In the 20 years that you’ve been making quilts – it’s a given that we were all child prodigies – is there a product invention that makes you the happiest?

When I compare the products available when I made my first quilt in 1983 to those being used today, the difference is amazing. Everything we use to make quilts is better – fabric, batting, thread and tools, and there is so much more variety.

The rotary cutter was a relatively new invention – one size blade, the mat was solid green on both sides and there were only a handful of rulers made for rotary cutters. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not use a rotary cutter… just so you know, I once took a class on hand-piecing where we cut templates from cardboard, traced them onto fabric and cut them out with scissors. I spent nine hours making a really awful 12” block. I love rotary cutters!

But my favorite product invention is still… the seam ripper.

It lets me change my mind. And fix the very rare mistake. (I know, I’ve jinxed myself with that.)(And yes, I buy them by the box.  That little cutter dulls quickly… when it’s not used, of course.)

I could list lots of other favorite inventions and products but I think a few of them would get me in trouble… or at least raise a few eyebrows.

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Betsy’s blog and link to the block – Cat’s Cradle.

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, August 29.  Be sure to visit Lisa, Jo, Lynne and Jan to see their blocks and what other good things they might have made:

Be sure to see the blocks being posted to #modablockheads on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re not already a member, you can also join the fun in the Moda Blockheads Facebook group.  It’s a busy group with folks sharing tips, suggestions and support.

Happy Blockhead Wednesday!

And to our friends in Houston and south Texas, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.


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13 thoughts on “Blockheads ~ Block 26

  1. I never knew the seam rippers got dull from non-use. I must use mine way too much! Thanks for the additional link to the amazing block this week. Keep it up ladies! I am really enjoying these blocks and the question of the week.

  2. Yes – my heart goes out to Texas! So very sad for many people and animals! I almost feel guilty living in Northern California and thinking about fabrics and terribly hot weather! I love your posts – as always so thanks so much. I, am amazed at how many great tools we have and wonder how the pioneers could make such gorgeous quilts without them! We are spoiled – ha, ha. I’d have to say the rotary cutter/mat is soooo helpful! I, remember when I first started quilting, I, too, used cardboard and even used x-ray film because it was sturdier. Love the Blockhead patterns/designers!

    1. Woohoo! Way to go, Lauren! We really were stumped. I will try to excuse our lapse by suggesting we see THAT much fabric but still… you knew. Thank you.

      (P.S. Check your e-mail.)

  3. I’m still a very traditional quilter, but I would say that the rotary cutter is the best invention ever made. After 50 years and hundreds of quilts, I still use only one ruler, but I could not do without my rotary cutter.

  4. The background fabric that you were looking for an identity, I’m almost sure it is from the Oakland Museum of California by P&B Textiles Released in 1998

  5. Beautiful blocks as always. I love my rotary cutter couldn’t live without it and love it to pieces. Hope you and your family and friends are safe lots of hugs to you:-)

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