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BH5 – Group 2, Block 11 – Stacy Iest Hsu

BH5 – Group 2, Block 11 – Stacy Iest Hsu

Written by: 
Anna Dineen


Happy Blockheads Wednesday! We’re so excited to welcome Stacy Iest Hsu as our featured designer this week. Stacy’s fabrics are full of charm and whimsy, so it’s no surprise that her block design, Shooting Stars, is just as charming. It’s a fun block with a unique look that will add movement and interest to your Blockheads project!

You can find this week’s pattern here: BH5 – Group 2, Block 11 – Shooting Stars by Stacy Iest Hsu

Follow along with Stacy!
Instagram: @stacyiesthsu

If you’re new to Blockheads, here are a couple of quick things to know:

  • This is a free quilt-along. No sign-ups are required. Just download the pattern and you’re ready to sew!
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(Looking for a little more information about Blockheads? You can check out the Blockheads 5 archive HERE.)

Be sure to head over to Stacy’s blog to read her post about Shooting Stars today! She’ll be sharing her block pics and her tips and tricks, so you won’t want to miss it. Visit her blog here: https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/


Something new we’re doing for this round of Blockheads is a weekly video. You can follow along with me as I sew the block of the week and share my tips and tricks and talk about different construction techniques. I’ll post the videos on YouTube and share them here on the blog. You can watch this week’s video below:


In this week’s video, I’m sharing a couple of notions that will help us make all those little folded corners with precision.

The first is Antler Quilt Design’s Mini Simple Folded Corner Ruler. This ruler is a staple in my sewing room – I use it all the time, and it really does help me achieve a perfect folded (or stitch-and-flip) corner.

I’m also using my Easy Press Pen and Easy Press Fabric Treatment this week to get crisp, super-flat seams. It’s so helpful when working with lots of seams and/or tiny pieces!


Are you ready to see our blocks?

Alison is making a fall version in 12” blocks and a patriotic version in 6” blocks.

I absolutely love Alison’s 6” variation. Instead of making the stripe units (or the star trails, as I call them!), she made four stars instead. If you want to make this variation (in either size), do not cut the A, B, and C units listed in the pattern cutting instructions, and cut twice as many D-I units. 


And I am making a traditional/repro scrappy fall version and a sweet/cottage-y Americana version in 6” blocks.


Now…off you go to press, cut, and sew! And don’t forget to share your blocks with us in our Facebook group or on Instagram (#modablockheads5)!