Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It's My Week! Block 45 Twelve Crowns Moda BlockHeads2

Can you believe we are getting closer to finishing BlockHeads 2 ???
This is WEEK 45 and it is my week!
What a variety of blocks and sizes! And what a good time I've had on this project. After you make my block there will be only 7 blocks to go!

Here is my messy design wall.  It's too narrow and too short to hold all the blocks. 
 I've had to pin blocks on top of blocks. UGH!

Before I show you the layout, here is my block.

Twelve Crowns
18" block

This pad of 1 1/2" triangle paper, Cupcake Mix 2 shown below, 
is what I used to make the small triangles.
I had a partial pad leftover from another project..such a good thing to have on hand!
Any brand of 1 1/2" triangle paper will work. Or make  your HSTs using your favorite method.
Select a 2 tone block, like I have done with indigos, blacks and shirtings from Evelyn's Homestead or 12 prints, in 12 colors,one for each crown. So many options.
I looked at my blocks and how they will go together and that's when I decided on the simpler color scheme.

Below, I've given pressing and clipping tips.
start your block by making 12 of these crown blocks.

I flipped the seams at the intersection sewn, and gave a little clip so seams will nest and the intersection will feel flat.

Arrange your block units with plain squares and sew together in rows and then join the rows.

to download the pattern for Twelve Crowns

Here are the blocks as they go in the plan...

left side...

right side top...

right side bottom which spills onto the floor...

Just noticed the fish. lol, they will be turned correctly later.

Here is the Moda layout with my block, upper right hand corner.
Hope you have been following the progress the last few weeks.
Modern version...

Traditional version...

The open spaces show there are 7 open places to fill.

I fall more toward the modern group, with the light backgrounds, I think, even with my 1800's reproduction fabric!. In both of the above layouts, the block placement is the same.
Since there are multiple blocks of each size, expect some switching around in my final layout.
I'm not a planner...I made blocks in whatever fabrics I thought made a good block, LOL, not thinking ahead as to where they would be going.  I'm looking forward to moving blocks around, but some will stay exactly as planned.

Hope you are having as much fun as I am making these blocks.
Please visit all our designers below to see what they have made this week.
Don't forget to check in with the Moda BlockHeads Facebook group too!

I've just returned home from a wonderful teaching trip with a wonderful group of ladies at the Lakeview Quilt Guild near Houston. and I stayed at a wonderful retreat center in La Porte, And Sew It Began. Photos don't do it is SOOO me! so much so, I truly hated to leave at the crack of dawn Tuesday morning when Southwest cancelled the flight home. Thank goodness Renita called at 4:45 am and got us on another flight. Bless you Renita! We made it back home earlier than we had planned, so I could add these photos to the post.
Thank you Ronda, the owner or retreat house and shop and all our wonderful 'handlers' who made this trip awesome.

Retreat house, perfectly decorated with antiques and fabulous quilts!

 The workshop location, maybe 4 steps from the back door...awesome!

 The quilt shop, maybe 6 steps from the workshop door!

Silly me forgot to take photos inside!

Now, go sew!

Until next time.
~ Betsy

Betsy Chutchian

Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Jan Patek

Jo Morton

Laurie Simpson

Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles

Me & My Sister Designs
Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Stacy Iest Hsu

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Carrie Nelson


  1. Thanks so much for the beautiful block!! It looks like a lot of work to me, but that's what makes it fun. The fact that it's 18" doesn't hurt either!! :-)

  2. This is a beautiful block. 12 Crowns at 18" would make a quick quilt. Also I would love to visit your retreat house and workshop,I can only imagine the awesome quilts and antiques inside. Thank You for the block this week.

  3. Great to see your new post.Love your block. The whole quilt looks so interesting. Following along, but not sewing, just browsing. Glad to have you back.

  4. I love this block! Thank you so much for the tips as well. I should have used the triangle papers! But, my block still turned out pretty well.