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Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt Tips and Tricks

I finally finished this quilt top! I have a very strong love/hate relationship with this quilt top for many reasons.  Before I started, I had already heard this quilt pattern wasn’t the easiest to follow and that it was wasn’t the easiest of quilts to make.  This blog post is dedicated to my assessment of the quilt, the quilt pattern, and any tips and tricks for assembly.  If you’ve made this quilt before and have things to add to my list, please comment below, and I’ll get this post edited for future readers!

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So here it goes…

Skill Level:

  • Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Pattern:

  • Each of the block patterns are shown with the finished block, semi-exploded diagram of the block to help show how the block is sewn together, and then cutting instructions.

Block Cutting Tips:

  • The cutting instructions are such that you *shouldn’t* need to trim the blocks if you have an accurate and consistent 1/4″ scant seam.  If you would like to trim blocks, make sure to add 1/8″ to each of the squares that require a single diagonal cut.
  • Square up all the flying geese and Half Square Triangles (HST) before assembling each block. Because I was lazy (at least I admit it), I used the exact cutting instructions thinking I could get away without squaring the block.  Nope, I’m not that consistent with my seams, and it was very apparent on blocks with lots of seams.
  • There is a google doc sheet that shows the full cutting instructions for the block from Liz Harbour.  However, there are a few minor mistakes in the sheet from typos so be on the look out for those.
  • Always cut the largest blocks first.  If you don’t, you may not have enough fabric left.  If you bought the kit and cut the largest blocks first, you’ll end up with a nice stack of Bella Solids to use as scraps in the end.

Sewing Tips:

  • Instead of cutting all the HSTs apart before sewing them back together, look at which HSTs can be made with the method of sewing 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line, then cutting the HST apart.
  • For some of the blocks, the flying geese can be made with the no waste method.  So there is no need to cut the different sized triangles in the cutting instructions.  This is if there are 4 flying geese that are identical and have the same colors of corner triangles in the block.
  • Nesting seams takes some extra planning ahead.  Make sure to mark which directions the seams should go for easier assembly.  If you do not want to think, press the seams open to avoid them being bulky.

Pattern Corrections:

  • Block 7: This block is overall TOO small.  If you sew it with the cutting instructions, your block will end up about 18″ square, rather than 18″ finished (18 1/2″ square).  You can fix this by cutting the E pieces 5 1/2″ squares rather than 4 3/4″ and the F pieces 5″ squares rather than 4 3/8″.  After the block is finished, trim the block to size.
  • Block 8: the A piece is too small.  Piece A should be 4 3/4″ rather than 4 5/8″

**There may be other corrections, but those were the ones that were obvious or really off that needed correcting!

Did I miss anything?  Comment below!  Thanks!

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Here are some of the assembly photos of the quilt.  I really do love how this quilt turned out, and it’s the largest quilt top that I’ve made finishing at 84″x96″.

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So I didn’t work on anything this week other than finishing up this quilt top.  I also realized not having to post a Quilter’s Planner block each week has give me validation that I can skip blocks for which I’m just not feeling it.  Maybe I’ll do this week’s block, but we’ll have to see!

6/20-6/27 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday AM, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
Designing for PBQ

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Complete the quilt top/block
Designing for PBQ: Work on new block designs, making a design a day.

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Minnesota Quilters Show Recap

This past weekend was the Minnesota Quilters Show in Duluth, MN.  I didn’t attend any of the lectures or classes this time, but I was able to take Friday off work to drive up and explore the show.  It was definitely worth the drive (~2.5hrs each way) to see some of these spectacular quilts.  This is my favorite of all the quilts at the show.  It’s called Fractal and was made and quilted by Claudia Pfeil.  The quilt is AMAZING, and these photos definitely don’t do the quilt justice with all of the 30,000 Swarovski crystals embellished on this quilt.

Here are some other judged quilts I thought were also spectacular.  There are lots of photos and I decided not to post the description card.  If you want more information on a specific quilt just comment below!  Enjoy!

There was also a Lion King exhibit displayed that was sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics.  These photos do not show just how intricate these quilts were.  I was so impressed with the creativity shown by the participants.

Last little tidbit about the show, I was able to meet up with Wendy and have lunch!  Wendy is another blogger (Pieceful Thoughts) that was in the New Bloggers Blog Hop with earlier this year.  Always fun to meet people in real life, what fun!

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As for updates on what I completed this week:  This is Thunderstuck by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I took her class at QuiltCon this past February.  It’s a really quick quilt and I LOVE it.  Victoria is also an amazing teacher so if you ever get a chance to take a class from her, definitely do it.

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The Quilter’s Planner block this week was The High Road By Kathryn Upitis of Upitis Quilts.  This was such a quilt little block and super easy to get stitched together.

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I was participating the Gnome Angel‘s 52 weeks with the Quilter’s Planner, and so far I’ve been able to keep up.  She has changed the rules though.  We only need to make one block a month rather than a block each week.  I wonder if this will hurt my consistency of making each week’s block or if it’ll allow me to skip blocks I don’t like. We’ll see.

The BCBarnQuiltSwap4 quilt designs were due this week.  This is a quilt swap hosted by @wifeoferp, and it’s the second time I’ve participated. The task was to create a mini quilt 16-20″ that is made up of all Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Here’s what I’ve come up with and my fabric pull.  I can’t wait to get this stitched up!

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I also had some time to get started again on the Modern Building Block quilt. I got 4 more blocks completed to get my total up to 32 of the 48 blocks on this quilt.  I think I love the final quilt more than I actually like making each of these blocks.

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6/13-6/20 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday AM, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
Modern Building Blocks

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Complete the quilt top/block
Modern Building Blocks: Finish this quilt top

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Fusible Grid Madness aka Tutorial

I finished the Mario Quilt this week!  I used fusible grid to make this process really quick and painless:

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Fusible grid is a thin piece of interfacing that has iron-on adhesive on one side and grid lines printed on the other.  There are different brands of fusible grid, and it comes in different grid sizes.  For this quilt, I used a 2″ fusible grid from Quiltsmart.  The 2 inches denotes where the grid lines are printed so my squares will end up being 1.5″ finished.  The Quiltsmart grids are sold in panels so for Mario I needed a top and a bottom half.  For larger quilts, you would just use more panels and sew them together after each panel is created.

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First, I cut up my 2″ squares of colored fabric and laid them on the grid with the adhesive side UP.  For the white background, I cut up a variety of 2″ squares or 2″ strips of fabric to cover the area.  For larger sections, you don’t need individual pieces if the layout desired doesn’t require it.  Once you stitch everything, it’ll look like you cut smaller square due to the stitch lines.

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Now it’s time to iron the fabric to the grid.  Make sure you protect the iron, so cover the spot you are ironing with parchment paper or an applique pressing sheet.  Tip: I used parchment paper because it’s a cheaper option, and I already had some in the kitchen for baking.  I also flipped my piece so I could iron on the back.  If you do this, make sure to put the parchment paper between the fusible/fabric side and the ironing board to prevent the adhesive transferring to the board.

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Once you have everything ironed on, fold the first section on the line and sew the 1/4″ seam.  It doesn’t really matter which direction you start with, but you’ll want to do all vertical or all horizontal before changing directions.  Tip: Make sure that the seam catches both fabrics.  Sometimes the fold will crease the fabric on the inside and not make the seam.

 

Once you have the seam sewn, you will want to trim just the edge (less than 1/8″) of the seam.  Tip: Do this after each seam.  It’s easier than waiting until after all the vertical/horizontal rows are done.  Once trimmed, iron and press all the seams in the same direction.

 

Before moving on to the other seams, you will need to snip the intersection points.  Tip: Snip as close to the seam line as possible without snipping the seam line.

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The seam directions for every other row will now need to be flipped so the seams nest.  Tip: Fold on the dotted line so that the iron only touches the row that needs to be flipped.  Repeat this for every other row.

 

Sew a 1/4″ seam on the rest of the piece, trim the seam, and press all the seams to one direction to finish the panel.

Other tips: The “Quiltsmart” printing that is not the dotted line WILL show through white fabric.  I had to pick that off before I quilted Mario.

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This week’s Quilter’s Planner Block was Nautical Compass By Tish Stemple of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland.  I really like this block, but I wish it was larger than 12″ due to the TINY little half square triangles (HST).  I have yet to really use HST paper on a large scale, but I think it would be easier than trimming all these 1.5″ HSTs used in this block.

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I finished the Modern Heritage BOM quilt top.  This BOM was hosted by Serendipity Woods and I had so much fun I think I’m going to be joining her next one, Long Time Gone, too.  Here are the month 8 and 9 blocks and the final quilt top.

 

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Last but not least this week, I created a Show and Tell Bag by CrazyMomQuilts.  I used Sunnyside fabric from Kate Spain to make it extra cheery!  The tote is rather large, but it’s perfect for transporting quilts or to use at the beach.

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I can’t wait to make more of these cute totes!

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6/6-6/13 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Thursday PM, Saturday AM, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
Thunderstruck

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Create the design and complete the quilt top/block
Thunderstruck: Finish this quilt top

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