Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Moda BlockHeads Week 30 Four Patch Dash by Carrie Nelson

Question of the Week...Name a "famous" quilter that inspired-taught you, of the 20 past years that you hope quilters will remember 20 years from now.

First, I'm always inspired by by fellow BlockHead designers, but with them exempt from this topic,  I can name a few quilters/ teachers that I'll never forget.   One name is Pat Campbell. Applique teacher, now deceased.  Pat taught a series of classes at the church across the street from me nearly 30 years ago, where I learned her applique methods, many of which I still use today....except the size 12 Clover quilting needle....the size needle she preferred for her award winning and stunning work.  I prefer a Jeana Kimball Fox Glove Cottage size 10 straw needle.
The second quilter that I'll never forget and appreciate everyday, is quilt historian Terry Clothier Thompson.  I had the pleasure of attending her Fabric Camps, 4 of them,  years ago, and was constantly amazed at her knowledge and her practical, hands-on approach to antique quilts, tops and fabrics. I loved that her quilts were meant to to be touched and studied 'up close'.  When I give trunk shows of my antique quilts and talk about the fabrics and their time periods, I try to impart a practical study and love of textiles as Terry did.
There are SO many quilters whose stories and techniques are to be treasured and remembered. Will you remember?

Our block this week is by Carrie Nelson - Four Patch Dash
I was quite pleased to see an easy block this week, thanks Carrie!
However, selecting the fabric, hmm, well that was far harder than I expected, and really took more thought and time than some of our more difficult blocks.
I think the 2 sets of  'medium' prints threw me. I'm in heavy duty, pedal to the metal sewing stage of Quilt Market prep crazy. So, after pulling multiple combinations, I settled on a set, then remade in other  fabrics.  It's a great block and fun to make, I just needed a 'make a decision' pill!!!  It's not like I haven't made 4 patches or even this block before!

Here are my versions....

Above, fabrics are from Rachel Remembered and the soon to be delivered Grace's Garden (couple of weeks away, I think)

Below, fabrics  are from Eliza's Indigo, Lizzie's Legacy, and Grace's Garden

Click on Carrie's blog (Moda) 
to get the pattern and to see her tips.

I made 2 - 3" mini versions also.
 Cut the 4 patch squares 1 1/8", center square 1" and the sashing 1" x 1 3/4"

Top mini has fabrics from Hope's Journey, Rachel Remembered and Grace's Garden. 
Bottom mini has fabrics from Lizzie's Legacy, Hope's Journey and Grace's Garden.

Don't know which version will go into the quilt!

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Happy sewing!
Until next time ~


  1. Beautiful. Can't wait for Grace's Garden to arrive at Cyndi's!

  2. Oops, forgot to answer the question. I wholeheartedly agree with both your choices and I would add Barbara Blackman to the list. Her research on antique quilts and fabrics will be remembered through the ages. She has also designed some fabulous fabrics lines. Kudos to all of you wonderful designers!

  3. Love all the fabric choices. I've been quilting for almost 40 years.
    The designer behind Red Wagon Quilts, Gerry, and Mary Ellen Hopkins, back in the day. Now...Kim Diehl, Jo Morton, Betsy Church.

  4. I need a "make a decision" pill too! A whole bottle please!