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Monday, July 18, 2022

Indiana Puzzle - A Moda Blockhead Block

Are any of you participating in Moda's Block Head QAL? I signed up to receive the Block Head posts each Wednesday right here. Although I have not joined in the quilt-along, I do love seeing the blocks, and when this one arrived in my mailbox I was drawn to it immediately, as in - I had to make it!

After auditioning several fabrics for the center I decided on this pop of yellow, and I love it!

The block was designed by Tammy Vonderschmitt of Moda Fabrics, and in her post she shows other examples of her "puzzle" block quilts. Indiana Puzzle is basically a fancy Friendship Star, and Tammy added 4-patch blocks instead of HSTs to the corners, which gives the block a "Snails Tails" look. It is ideal for a fussy cut center but I ultimately chose a pop of yellow.  I used the technique in this Instagram reel for the four patches and really enjoyed the process.

Using one color with a light background gives a "spinning" effect, but you can change out colors and values, and achieve a completely different look. You can see an excellent examples of variations on Robin Pickens blog post right here and you may find the pattern for Indiana Puzzle right here.

Here is my mockup of a quilt using this block with sashing and cornerstones

Most of the pieces have been cut and more background fabric has been ordered to make a quilt of these blocks using the mockup I created above. I didn't already have enough quilts to finish so I decided to make one more - lol!

I am linking this post to Melva's Monday Sew & Tell!


  1. it does look like a Snails Trail block in a way - you said the pattern arrived in the mail - is it from being in a group? I have heard of Moda Block Head group but hadn't really looked into it

  2. This one is such a fun block and I do love the yellow sparkle in the centre. I think randomly changing some of the blocks with different colours would look so wonderful. Also, you can never have too many projects. :)


  3. That's such a neat block - I can see why you're drawn to it! Pretty fabric choices, too. I clicked on the other links you shared to see the other layout possibilities for the block, and it looks like you can really do a lot with it!

  4. I can see why you were drawn to this block! It is fun seeing it in your full size mockup, too!

  5. What a fun design, and I like that yellow center! I did Moda Blockheads 2 - the quilt top is still waiting to be quilted, but it was a fun (and challenging) QAL.

  6. I love the black and yellow combination. I particularly like the yellow fabric with the white flowers that looks like dandelions that have gone to seed. Wonderful! Pattie


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