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Block Heads 2 - Block 47

Block Heads 2 - Block 47

Written by: 
Carrie Nelson

I feel like we need a tote-board to count down the final blocks except I think that's what I'm already doing.

That's our sweet Jan Patek. We're excited to see her Block Heads 2 quilt as she's been mixing a couple of her collections - Sweet Violet and Lilac Ridge. (I'm a bit envious that she's gotten all of her blocks made so far.)

This week's block is Bird Basket - it finishes at 6" x 12".

Moda Michele used wool appliqué to make her block - the background is from Howard Marcus' Collection for a Cause Compassion, and the wools are Moda Wools or from Primitive Gatherings.

Block 47 - Bird Basket.

Did you know that Jan starts her mornings with a bit of stitching - hand-appliqué? Sometimes a little hand-piecing but mostly, needle-turn appliqué.

I love that she added some star-in-a-circle appliqué to some of the string blocks she's made for the Moda String-along.

Have you seen Jan's 2019 Mystery Block of the Month quilt? It's on her blog-website and she let her readers pick a name for it. If you love appliqué with a tiny bit of piecing, this might be the perfect quilt.

I have to share that when I was really falling in love with making quilts, Jan's work was becoming legendary. Alone and with her friend and fellow designer, Linda Brannock, Jan made the kind of sampler quilts that made me see quilts differently. They didn't have to be strictly structured, with all kinds of rules strictly adhered to. Space was filled with the proportion that pleased her aesthetic, and nobody really cared if you called it "folk art", primitive or naive. So long as you realized how good it was.

This is Jan's Block Head 1 quilt - I love how she set this quilt with the appliqué house in the center. If you don't recognize it, that's one of Jan's signature blocks, one that she used as the logo for her Jan's Girl Gang Club many years ago.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to check out Moda Fabrics and the Moda Blockheads Group as there are a couple of giveaways - a copy of this Block Heads book and one of Jan's Sweet Violet Fat Eighth bundles.

Block 47 - Bird Basket.

And the Final Quilt Assembly & Instructions.

If you want to see what the other Block Heads have made, here's where to look: 

Then be sure to check the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group and the blocks being posted on Instagram – #ModaBlockheads.

Block 47 is in the basket. With a bird.

Happy Wednesday!