Blockheads ~ Block 44

Happy 2018!  Happy January!  Did you have a lovely holiday?  It’s been quite cold here – relatively speaking.

Meaning, it’s freezing cold to me!  But to friends in Illinois, Nebraska and elsewhere… not so much.

I’ll bet Betsy’s cold.  That’s why she made so many itty-bitty half-triangle squares.  She figured that standing over the iron pressing all of the little pieces would help keep her warm.

This is Lawyer’s Puzzle – also known as the Barrister’s Block.  (Depending on your block book.)  As always, the background is from Snowberry by 3 Sisters, as is one of the blue prints.  I’m starting to lose track of the others as the scraps get smaller and smaller.  Both red prints are by Minick & Simpson, one of the gold prints is Rue Indienne by French General.

CLICK HERE for the link to Betsy’s blog and Block 44 – Lawyer’s Puzzle

While going through my box of scraps, I found some leftover half-triangle squares so with what was left from piecing the first block, I made another.  Slightly different.

I think I mentioned several month ago that I am going to need sixty-four blocks for my setting so I’ve been making extras along the way.  The setting can easily be done with one less row and forty-eight blocks but… I like square quilts.

We’ll be sharing our settings on January 31st along with the last of the Blockhead blocks.  Which reminds me… I need to get busy writing up the cutting and calculating the extra yardage.  And I need to count my flying geese to see if I’ve made enough!

This is Tammy’s Lawyer’s Puzzle block – the four black prints are from Wild Orchid by Blackbird Designs and the background is from Lexington by Minick & Simpson.

Fig Tree & Co. Lawyer’s Puzzle. Blockheads Figgy Style has black and aqua prints from Fig Tree & Co.‘s Farmhouse and the background is a new favorite from the coming-in-May Regency Blues by Christopher Wilson-Tate.

Same parts.  Just for fun.

Question of the Week ~ Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  A word for the year?

No.  And yes.  That means I think about it… write out some goals, plan for the year but is it really a “resolution?”  I prefer to think of it as “creating new habits”… and that’s mostly about baby-steps.  For this year, I have a list based on Gretchen Rubin’s 18 for 2018 – it’s something she talks about on her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  (Gretchen wrote the book The Happiness Project.)

I have divided it up with some personal “taking care of me” goals – Eat healthier. Get more sleep.  Yeah, yeah… be more consistent about regular exercise.  I have a couple of quilt-related goals – projects to finish, a couple of quilts I really want to make and a few new techniques I want to learn.  Along the way, I’m cleaning out drawers, closets and clutter.  Small, manageable tasks – at least two drawers a week.

As for a word of the year… I’m going with hygge.  Pronounced “hue-gah” or “hoo-gah” depending on whom you ask.  It’s a Danish concept-idea that can’t be translated literally into a single word.  Instead it encompasses a feeling of contentment, coziness and well-being that comes from enjoying the simple things in life.  The description that I like is that it “only requires a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present.”

My favorite thing about hygge might be that there is actually a word for “stretchy-pants”!   “Hyggebukser” are that pair of pants you’d never be caught dead wearing in public, but practically live in when you’re at home on the weekends.  What’s not to love?

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Betsy’s blog and Block 44 – Lawyer’s Puzzle

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, December January 3.  Be sure to visit Lisa, Lynne, Jo and Jan 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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10 thoughts on “Blockheads ~ Block 44

  1. When we finish with this sew a long, will another follow? The only allowable answer is in the affirmative as this has been sooooo much fun!

  2. Happy New Year to you! I love your word! My word is Accuracy. I’ve improved considerably, but measure twice cut once and get that scant 1/4″ seam will continue to improve my blocks. I’m a beginner and I have learned so much through our group and all of the designers! Thank you so much for all of the beautiful blocks you’ve provided for us Blockheads!

  3. I made my husband a lawyers puzzle quilt years ago, in fact I’m sitting with it now. Love this block.

  4. Sweet Mercy those HST are tiny! But the block is lovely. Hmm, “Hyggebukser”…I think I love that word! Thanks Carrie!

  5. Only you Carrie, could come up with “Hygge” and “Hyggebukser”. Love it & your blocks!! I can’t wait to see your layout & will be looking for it. Happy Hygge New Year!

  6. My grandson loves the movie, Kung-Fu Panda, and I’ve watched it several times over the past few months. In it, the wise old tortoise says (and I’m not quoting exactly) “The past is history, the future is a mystery but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” It reminds me of your hygge definition and that we must enjoy each day. It won’t come again.
    Happy New Year!

  7. I am a little late, but just finished this block. I took a week-long break to quilt & bind a baby quilt for a gift. Thank you so much for your blocks, Ms. Betsy. You are my quilting hero. I read your book, in college, as part of women’s history and usable arts. I didn’t quilt then. A just learned a year ago and am piecing the Shoo! From your “Dear Lizzie” book as my 2nd quilt (excluding lap, cat, and baby quilts) While making your Blockhead blocks, I tried many traditional patterns I was afraid to (like Aunt Dinah), developed a passion for indigo, and really learned that mistakes are okay and really just happy accidents (like the bow tie block you arranged ‘wrong’) Thank you!

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