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BH5 – Group 2, Block 27 – Brenda Riddle

BH5 – Group 2, Block 27 – Brenda Riddle

Written by: 
Anna Dineen


Happy Blockheads Wednesday! It’s Week 27 of Blockheads 5, Group 2, and our guest designer this week is Brenda Riddle. Her block is called Twinkle, and it’s a lovely, classic star block with a versatile design that will work with any fabric collection, from traditional to modern.

You can find this week’s pattern here: BH5 – Group 2, Block 27 – Twinkle by Brenda Riddle

Follow along with Brenda!
Instagram: @brendariddledesigns

If you’re new to Blockheads, here are a couple of quick things to know:

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(Looking for a little more information about Blockheads? You can check out the Blockheads 5 archive HERE.)

Something new we’re doing for this round of Blockheads is a weekly video. You can follow along with me as I sew the block of the week and share my tips and tricks and talk about different construction techniques. I’ll post the videos on YouTube and share them here on the blog. You can watch this week’s video below:


In this week’s video, I talk about a couple of different methods for making HSTs. If you’re making lots of HSTs with the same fabrics, using triangle papers can be a quick and efficient way to stitch up a batch of HSTs! I used Star Singles [https://shop.modafabrics.com/product/2079.00008] papers to make my Americana block this week, and I loved that I didn’t have to trim down the HSTs at all – I just paired my fabric squares, stitched on the dotted lines, and cut on the solid lines. After pressing open, my HSTs were precisely the size I needed!


Are you ready to see our blocks?

Alison made a 12” scrappy fall version.

And I am making a traditional/repro scrappy fall version and a sweet/cottage-y Americana version in 6” blocks.

Now…off you go to press, cut, and sew! And don’t forget to share your blocks with us in our Facebook group or on Instagram (#modablockheads5)!