Updated: Jul 31, 2022
Well, it's my first time as a Moda Blockheads Designer, and I'm excited to share my fabric selection with you.
You may, or may not, know that I design Toweling fabric for Moda. My 4th toweling line, Easy Living, will be in stores in May 2022.
So I have decided to select some Toweling fabric to mix with regular printed cottons to complete my Blockheads blocks. If you browse around a little on my blog, you will learn a bit more about Moda toweling and all its uses. In short, Moda toweling is a woven cotton fabric with woven stripes or checks and is a slightly heavier weight fabric than regular patchwork cottons.
When I am mixing toweling and regular fabric I like to prewash the toweling first. I have done a washing experiement and it does shrink marginally more than regular cottons, so a quick wash and line dry is a good way to go. You can read more about that here.
So I started out with a selection of toweling from my Lakeside range which is available in stores now. I chose the silvery greys, off whites and washed blacks.
I think the key here is to choose a variety of stripe scales. This way you can cut different sections of the stripe to create different effects.
Then I started searching for coordinating printed patchwork cottons.
I saw this beautiful range from my friend, and fellow Moda designer, Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road. This line is called Midnight in the Garden and has romantic, soft pinks, washed black, silvery grey and rich gold. It is arriving in stores in March 2022.
I think they complement the toweling really well and I am looking forward to seeing what combinations evolve.
You can see the pretty blush pink in this photo and the botanical prints of apples, leaves and flowers.
See the different scale of stripes in the Lakeside Toweling.
Cutting sections from these is fun.
I have also selected a couple of Grunges, colour 101, white paper, and colour 360, grey paper. These will work as plain fabric if I need them. You can see them in the top right corner of the first photo.
Other fabrics might sneak their way into this project, so stay tuned, I will be sure to let you know if I add any extras.
I did sew along with Blockheads 3, so below is a little gallery of the quilt I made. I used assorted toweling in the blocks and mixed it with a collection of fabrics and colours that coordinated.
You can see I have used Moda toweling for the quilt border and also a 60" wide Moda toweling for the backing.
So, when you are choosing your fabrics for Blockheads 4, don't forget about Moda toweling, it will add a little pizazz to your quilt.
I'm looking forward to sewing along and seeing all your blocks.