Moda Blockheads 3

It’s my turn to design our Blockheads 3 block again! This time I’ve chosen string blocks as they’re so quick, fun and using up all those little strips of fabric makes them thrifty too.

I like to cut my strings with scissors to give me a more spontaneous and lively looking block, but if you prefer things to be accurate and tidy then you can certainly cut your fabric with your rotary cutter.

I also chose to use the foundation or ‘flip and sew’ method for my string blocks as it means I can stitch however I wish and then trim neatly to size later – the best of both worlds!

First, cut your foundation squares referring to the sizes in the pattern. I use a lightweight interfacing to do this as it is less bulky than fabric. Draw a diagonal line on each foundation square.

Cut a wide range of strings.

Place the first string with right side uppermost on the diagonal line. I kept the first string the same in every square to form a stronger diamond pattern.

Take the second string and place that with right sides together on top of the first string. Sew. ‘Open’ the second string and press in place.

Repeat until all your foundation square is covered. Press well. Don’t worry they always look a complete mess at this stage!

Trim your stitched square to the size you need (don’t forget your seam allowances!). Repeat the above process until you have all the string blocks you need.

Stitch them all together and press well. Admire your handiwork and never point out your mistakes!

Thank you so much for being a Blockhead with us. Here’s your ‘Strings’ pattern.

5 Responses to “Moda Blockheads 3”

  1. Debbie Says:
    October 14th, 2020 at 10:32 am

    This is awesome! Thank you for an excuse to clean up little pieces i can’t seem to part with!!

  2. Cecilia Williamson Says:
    October 14th, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I’m new to quilting and Moda Blockheads. Today’s block #40 is fantastic. But, most of all, I searched around on the internet at some of your fabric and books. I’ve decided you are my FAVORITE designer. I didn’t know until today what i want in a fabric to actually make a quilt. You have captured my heart in your fabric line Wordsmith. Now to search to find some! Thank you for your beautifully designed fabric.

  3. Cindy White Says:
    October 14th, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I have been wanted to do a strong piece what a fun block. Thanks

  4. sandra pipitone Says:
    October 14th, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you

  5. Susan Says:
    October 14th, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you! Always looking for string variations. =)

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