Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 27 Moda BlockHeads Jo Morton's Union Variation

Welcome to BlockHeads Week 27!  The block this week is Union Variation by Jo Morton.  Jo and I love this block and both have quilts using it.  I'm so glad Jo submitted this one!

I'm sorry for any inconvenience you may have had last week when Blogger didn't recognize my pattern link. There was nothing wrong with the link, it was just a Blogger thing. I know clicking on the link is the easy way to go, and I prefer it, but a quick copy and paste into the browser window worked well.  I'm concerned this will happen again when it is my week.  Ugh!  Fingers crossed.

Question of the Week...
Is there a product or tool you wish you had invented?
Absolutely, I wish I had invented triangle paper!!!!  I almost submitted triangle paper as the one invention that changed my quiltmaking process and makes me the happiest.  Triangle Papers save SO much time, especially when making blocks for Patchwork Diva exchanges or when making quilts for Quilts Market, as I am now.  I have every size paper that is made and have never regretted the purchase in the amount of time saved with such accurate results. Great invention, and our own Lisa Bongean has a full line of papers through Primitive Gatherings. I've also used Spinning Stars, Laundry Basket, and Quiltime papers. Triangulations is also a fine product on a disk where you print the size you want on your home printer.
Bloc_Loc rulers are a pretty nifty invention, too.  Can I please wish I had invented them as well????
And graph paper...I cannot live without it. It's been around a l o n g time, like mechanical pencils.  Hmm. I wish I had invented them all.

Here is Jo's Union Variation, my version.

Let's see if this works...
 Click Jo's Blog
for her pattern and tips for putting the wonderful block together.
Thanks JO!
Be sure to visit everyone's blog to see their blocks!

 I oversized the squares for the small triangles by an additional 1/8", then trimmed with a small Bloc_Loc ruler.

Hello Fall.  The day after Labor Day, Fall begins here in Texas, and I'm sure elsewhere, too. At least we start think about cooler temperatures.  As I write, the wind is from the North, bringing a cool front.  I do wish the weather people would stop saying 'cold front' will only be cooler, not COLD!!!
No orange pumpkins yet, but this white one has been hanging out and not rotting, since last October.

For the 3" mini this week, I chose a Churn Dash.
To make the block:
Cut 2 light and 2 dark squares 2" for corner HSTs. Press to dark triangle. 
Trim the HSTs to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Cut 4 light and 4 dark rectangles 1" x 1 1/2". 
Sew light and dark rectangles together, pressing seams open.
Cut 1 - 1 1/2" light square for the center.
Sew units together.  I pressed the middle row out to the rectangles and the top and bottom rows in to the rectangles. Join rows, pressing to center row.
Block should measure 3 1/2" for a 3" finished block.

Before you head off to sew, we had a lovely Labor Day at my brother-in-law's home. Had to share some of the weekend's photos.
 Reed, the newest, and cutest Ranger fan on Sunday.

 Miss Fearless Madison

 Mimi and Reed

Rachel (mommy) and Reed, first time in the pool.
Uncle Matt and Reed

Until next time ~
Enjoy every day!
Happy sewing!



  1. Love this block. Your mini is adorable too. I wish I had invented fabric and kept a piece of every print ever made - wink! Those kiddos are just too cute. I especially like Reed at the game. Starting them early down there!

  2. so glad you guys are having clear skies! We've got a "lovely" wildfire making our sky gray, the sun red all day, and smoke filled air here in the high desert of eastern Oregon

  3. Awesome blocks! You and your family are so beautiful! Family rocks!! Have a great day!!

  4. Fun to see your grands and family.

    When the link would not work, I finished reading your post and then mosedy over to another designer's blog and used their link!! all copied and in the folder.... wish I could say all made and in the pile, but......