I am really late to the party.  Have you ever arrived late to a party and all that’s left is flat beer and a warm veggie tray?

It’s a good thing I’m not talking about that kind of party!

I have just discovered a Facebook Group called Moda Blockheads.  It’s a group of over 30 thousand members all working on a block-of-the-week sew-along.  The group is now on week 40, with only a few more to go.  Needless to say, I have a LOT of catching up to do. The members of the group are very welcoming and quick to offer advise and answer questions.  They are one of the few groups that insist that member stay on topic and restrict to only posts relating to the Blockheads Block of the Week sew-along.

There are twelve designers (Block Heads) and one of them posted a new block each week. The first block was presented by Lynne of Kansas Troubles Quilters it’s called Stellar Star. Here is what the block looks like:

There are no hard rules.  You can make the block light or dark.  It can be scrappy or use one of Moda’s coordinating fabrics.  You’re not even tied to using Moda.  You can make all blocks the same colorway, or use something totally different for each block.  The possibilities are endless.

I’ve spent much of today looking at the first block, seeing what others in the group have done, and pulling fabric.   It was fun, yet stressful at the same time.  I don’t like a messy craft room. Really really hate a messy craft room.   Sometimes though it can’t be avoided.

This drove me nuts.  But what can you do?  Artists are messy!

I’ve already determined that although I want the blocks to play well together, I don’t necessarily want to use the same colors in every block and I want to mix and match designers to have more of a scrappy look.  This is what I’ve come up with for the first block.  A little Moda, RJR, and Clothworks. The blue, I don’t know where it came from.

I’m still not sure about the dark blue, but since there is also burgundy, green and blue in that fabric, I think it will be okay.  It might even make it pop.

Don’t expect me to whip this block together in a day.  I hope I can keep a steady pace though!  Wish me luck.

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