‘Shiny Bauble’

Hello and welcome to my week on Moda’s free ‘Block Heads 4’ quilt-along.

I’ve been designing fabric for Moda for over 10 years now and my latest collection ‘To the Sea’ should be in a quilt shop near you!

'To The Sea' by Janet Clare for Moda. Available in many stores now and in the UK soon!
‘To The Sea’ by Janet Clare for Moda

If you’re a fan of the seaside like me you’ll love my new book ‘Spoondrift’ which features 25 blocks and two setting options for a sampler quilt. It’s the perfect skill-building project!

'Spoondrift' by Janet Clare. A fabulous pattern book for a sampler quilt celebrating all things nautical featuring 25 beautiful blocks and two quilt settings.
‘Spoondrift’ by Janet Clare – A striking sampler quilt celebrating all things nautical!

Being a Moda designer is a great joy and I love how many fun community building projects they come up with – Block Heads being just one of them! So Blockheaders who’s ready for this week’s block?

I must have been doodling ideas for this quilt-along around Christmas time because my block reminds me of a tree ornament! I have made my 9 inch block in my favourite indigo and cream fabrics and chose to foundation piece it.

Here’s a short video demonstrating how I foundation piece (spoiler, it’s how my Mum taught me and we don’t use paper!). If you’ve avoided foundation piecing before or just don’t get along with stitching through paper then why not give this method a go?

Demonstration of foundation piecing the ‘Shiny Bauble’ block

As you can see ‘Shiny bauble’ comes together very easily without needing any accurate cutting or stitching. How striking would a whole quilt be!

Moda Block Heads 4 - Janet Clare's 'Shiny Bauble' block quilt idea
Create a striking quilt with the ‘Shiny Bauble’ block

With this method you make each element of the block separately, slightly oversized and then trim down to neaten and straighten. Have a go and see if you enjoy foundation piecing as much as I do!

Make each element of the block oversize and trim as required.
Make each element slightly oversize and trim
Janet Clare's finished 'Shiny Bauble' block.
Finished ‘Shiny Bauble’ block

Pop here to download your free ‘Shiny bauble’ pattern and don’t forget to share it in the Moda Block Heads 4 Facebook group. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!

Janet Clare holding her 'Shiny Bauble' block with her 'Spoondrift' quilt in the background.
My ‘Shiny Bauble’ block and ‘Spoondrift’ quilt

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