Blockheads ~ Block 41

Happy Wednesday!  It’s National Cocoa Day!  That calls for Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate!

Serendipity in New York City.  If you’ve never been, it’s a lot of fun.  And the Frozen Hot Chocolate is really, really good.

It’s also National Horse Day.

Photo borrowed from Wild Hoofbeats.

And it’s the birthday of the National Guard.  One-hundred fourteen years!

It is also Blockheads Vol. 41 – Pinwheel Star – from Lisa Bongean.

Alert!  Make sure you read to the bottom… there are some giveaways to enter!

This is Tammy’s block – the background and black print are from Bramblewood by Betsy Chutchian, and that’s a Moda Crossweave for the accent.

This is the blue Reproduction Pinwheel Star – the blue prints for the flying geese triangles are from Alice’s Scrapbag by Barbara Brackman and Lizzie’s Legacy by Betsy Chutchian, the gold print is Garden House by Jan Patek and the red print is Polka Dots & Paisleys by Minick & Simpson.  The blue print in the center and the background are from Snowberry by 3 Sisters.

And okay, I might have tweaked my block just a little bit – I used two different prints for the triangles on the flying geese.

Piecing Note: The half-triangle squares in the pinwheel center should measure 1-9/16″ – a skosh over 1-1/2″.  The pieced pinwheel will measure a shade under 2-1/8″.  I over-sized the side triangles so that I could trim the center unit to 3-1/2″.

CLICK HERE for the link to Block 41 – Pinwheel Star.

The Figgy Pinwheel Star – both black prints and the red polka dot are from Fig Tree & Co.‘s Farmhouse, the green and yellow prints are from Chestnut Street and the background is one of my favorites, it’s from Minick & Simpson’s Ann’s Arbor.

Question of the Week ~ Christmas presents… did you make any?  Did you finish everything – or will you still be stitching on December 24th?

If finally finishing a binding on a quilt from three years ago counts… then yes!  I did!  I have made a couple of little gifty-bags but that’s all for this year.  And yes, I expect I will be working on that binding on Christmas Eve.

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Block 41 – Pinwheel Star.

Giveaway!  It’s a Merry Blockheads Giveaway!  To enter, you must visit each of the Blockheadseach has a different giveaway!  Do not enter here!  (Though I won’t mind if you say Hi!)

Don’t forget that there is a Blockheads Archive with links to all of the published blocks and blog posts.  And if you’re not already a member, you can still join the Moda Blockheads Facebook group.

Happy Blockhead Wednesday!



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83 thoughts on “Blockheads ~ Block 41

  1. I finished some Ren Fair outfits and a couple of table runners as actual gifts and looking to make an outfit for my granddaughter plus hopefully finish a Christmas quilt for me this year.

  2. Oh!!! Can I come to your house for dessert? That frozen hot chocolate looks like something to die for!!! I ran out of time again this year to get any Christmas gifts done. Maybe next year, but then I say that every year???

  3. I love this block. Christmas presents….have I made any? No. Do I plan to make any? Yes. I know it is getting late!!! I know I need to get started! NEXT WEEK is my sew week!!!!!

  4. my Mother would give us all a kitchen Christmas towel every year. I now do the same for my kids and sister but I embroider them on my machine.

  5. This year, no handmade gifts, but might revive that for next year, if I get going early enough! Merry Christmas!

  6. Wow. What a nice surprise. Thanks so much for sharing. I ‘m still whittling away at the last few. haha.. have a wonderful Christmas

  7. Thank you to Moda for the generous give-a-ways AND Moda is my favorite fabric … Merry Christmas
    …because Jesus IS the reason for the season!

  8. Yes I did make Christmas presents but I did them back in January. You see it helps to be retired. I made tote bags for my 5 granddaughters. They were wrapped back then and now under the tree. Merry Christmas to you all.

  9. Hi, Carrie (may I call you Carrie? I feel like we’re friends) I just want to say that I enjoy your posts and please have a Merry Christmas!

  10. I plan to finish a quilt for a gift. I have also made some candle mats. I’ve got to say that cocoa looks delicious!

  11. Hey, girl! Happy Holidays!! Naw, didn’t make anything for gifts this year. Now that I am retired I can knit and sew whenever I want, so gifts are given throughout the year.

  12. Oh fun, I have all the fabrics for the first block pictured! I made a pincushion for an upcoming pin cushion exchange. That is IT for this year. The pressure was just too much to keep up. Thank you for these sweet blocks each Wednesday. Allison C Bayer Plano Texas USA

  13. I always make a little something for Christmas but generally it is done well in advance of the season. I find myself working on snowmen and flannel in the middle of the summer! Love Moda fabric! Thank you for wonderful material and inspiration every day (but especially on Wednesdays)!

  14. I love that you post different fabric variations for these blocks. It’s helps me be more creative with my fabrics! Merry Christmas

  15. This year I made a quilt for my brother, celebrating a trip we took together to Hawaii. Thanks for always providing us with lots and lots of ideas!

  16. I make date bars for my brothers who come to visit and buy great things for my sisters they need for their quilt studios. Someone usually gets a quilt, as a surprise.

  17. Stitching up a storm here. The weather is perfect for staying inside and working on Christmas crafts!
    Marry Christmas!

  18. Thank you to Moda for being such an inspiration to all us quilters. I love reading your blog post, I always enjoy them and get a smile or chuckle from your post. Merry Christmas to you and your family Carrie.

  19. I really enjoy the moda blogs. The give away is a wonderful idea–but as I am not too tech savvy I have not been able to leave comments on all the blogs. They are asking for some information that I do not know how to put in. I would have loved to entered, but have to give up. thank you anyway.

  20. Have loved getting to know you Carrie and all the other designers during the blockheads journey. Thank you for all you do … and your wonderful sense of humor! Merry Christmas!

  21. Unfortunately I WILL BE stitching on Christmas Eve…making two different family’s a memory quilt with t shirts that belonged to their young sons who were both tragically killed this year…but I feel so blessed to be able to do this for these grieving family’s.

  22. Serendipity also has a great location in Las Vegas–so yummy! Merry Christmas to you and to all your readers. Northern Utah is covered with inversion, meaning our geographically bowled shaped area is under a high pressure, forcing the cold air to stay and leaving us choking under our own smog. It looks frosty. It would be lovely if the air weren’t so dirty. The ski resorts are warmer than the valleys. So very strange. All of us need to go outside and huff and puff at the same time.

    Of course, I am still sewing on Christmas projects! How would it be Christmas if I weren’t? It makes it part of the season for me. I love it! I am so grateful for the health to do this. And the freedom. And the fabric and all the great patterns. And all the great designers. ETc.

  23. I’m still stitching gifts for Christmas. One of these years, I may actually start early enough to get them all finished with time to spare! Merry Christmas to all!

  24. I’m desperately trying to finish a quilt for my daughter! She gets home from college a week from Friday. Fortunately my 2 other daughters love to help me pin quilts!! 🙂

  25. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you give us quilters. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And Blessing for everyone’s holidays.

  26. Carrie, I have loved your Miss Rosie’s and Schnibble patterns for years. I’ve been enjoying the Blockheads sew along too. Just have a few blocks to catch up on but I’ll get there. Thanks.

  27. Not sewing for Christmas this year but beginning my sock knitting challenge in the new year . So between UFO completion , I will be clicking away , trying to knit socks for the special people in my life. That’s a lot oft toes

  28. I have been quilting since 1980 and have given away over 150 quilts but still have about 200 in my collection. You know the ones that took so long to make. Now as I am getting older it is time to part with the treasures I have loved for many years. I just sent my niece Colfax County by Lisa Bonjean. She replied to a post on facebook that she loved it. So who else will give it a good home.
    The joy of Christmas is in the giving.
    Now for that frozen hot chocolate drink.
    Merry Christmas and Happy holidays friends.

  29. Thank you for this block! The Martha Washington Star is one of my favorites and this is just slightly different. I love it!

  30. Yes I made several gifts for this season! And they are completed, wrapped & in a few cases, already shipped!! I even made or completed a couple for myself from years past. Oh happy me!! I love the blogs & the wonderful blox with the color/fabric options!!

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