Moda Blockheads 4 Quilt Alongs Sampler Projects

Moda Blockheads 4 (Bonus Block 4)

Another bonus block for Moda Blockheads 4 two weeks in a row? How lucky are we?! Meet Bonus Block 4 is “Zipper” by Moda Fabrics. And speaking of luck, I’ve also got a giveaway for you today! (More about that at the end of this post.)

Bonus Block 4 “Zipper”

This block uses a simple easy corner triangle technique that is perfect for any skill level. I do have a little tip I learned recently… Typically the instructions have you sew along marked diagonal lines, trim the 1/4″ seam allowance, and press. My tip is to press the corners out first and then trim. The idea is to press the corner out and onto itself (wrong sides together). This allows you to see where the corner edges should line up – which helps keep the units in a nice rectangle shape . After the corners are pressed out, THEN trim the 1/4″ seam allowance (of the back piece of fabric). Another great tool is diagonal seam tape to save time not having to mark diagonal lines.

Moda Blockheads 4 free block of the week. Bonus Block 4 is "Zipper" by Moda Fabrics. Fabric is Flower Pot by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Download the free pattern here.
Moda Blockheads 4 Bonus Block 4 “Zipper” in Flower Pot fabrics


The pair up top is in my new Flower Pot fabric collection. I love the light, airiness of the block with just taupe and cream. If using unidirectional prints, pay extra attention. It’s easiest if you lay all the pieces out for the whole block while you are piecing.

The sweet little block below is made in Love Note fabric. I love using the pale pink herringbone from the collection for backgrounds. Even though it is techinically unidirectional, I never mind if this one faces different directions. It adds such a great illusion of texture, don’t you think?

Moda Blockheads 4 free block of the week. Bonus Block 4 is "Zipper" by Moda Fabrics. Fabric is Love Note by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Download the free pattern here.
Moda Blockheads 4 Bonus Block 4 “Zipper” in Love Note fabric

Quilt Along

For more information about this quilt along, check out my original Moda Blockheads 4 post here. At the bottom of the post, it includes a full archive of the Moda Blockheads 4 blocks released thusfar. Join the Moda Blockheads facebook page for more inspiration, and to share your progress.

Modern American Vintage Clapper Giveaway

Want nice, crisp looking blocks? A tailor’s clapper is a great tool. After pressing the seams of a block, I set a heavy clapper on top to help the seams stay flat. I have been using this lovely Jack William style clapper from Modern American Vintage to do the job. They have a huge assortment of beautiful, handcrafted clappers in their shop here. Someone is going to win a clapper just like mine!

Modern American Vintage wooden clapper for quilting


  1. Subscribe to this Lella Boutique blog, or follow @lellaboutique on Instagram or Facebook
  2. Follow @modernamericanvintage on Instagram or Facebook.
  3. Leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite sewing tool is.

That’s it! Winner will be chosen Monday 5.16.2022. You are more than welcome to enter on the Instagram and Facebook posts as well for more chances to win. (Those posts should be up mid-morning.)

You may also remember the other gorgeous tools I got from Modern American Vintage – a set containing a handmade seam ripper, point turner, and hera marker. I love having tools that are just as beautiful as they are functional. So nice to have a matching clapper to add to the family.

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Good luck!


  1. Hildy

    May 13, 2022 at 5:07 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my aqua rotary cutter

    1. Shelly Boehnlein

      May 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm

      I love my Magic pins!

  2. Susan J

    May 13, 2022 at 7:57 am

    My favorite tool is That Purple Thang. I use it often to help guide my fabrics through my machine.

  3. June

    May 13, 2022 at 8:11 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine (haha). But seriously, my super fine pins have helped me with precision piecing.

  4. Sarah Yoffa

    May 13, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for always providing links to the bonus blocks for us, Vanessa! My favorite sewing tool is my super fine pins also, I don’t know how I got along without them before now!

  5. Cindy K.

    May 13, 2022 at 8:33 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter. Exact cutting improved my piecing so much I can’t imagine doing without. Jack’s going to be mad that I didn’t name him….LOL

  6. Brenda

    May 13, 2022 at 9:12 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter! Beautiful 😍 block!

  7. Diane Parham

    May 13, 2022 at 9:36 am

    My most-used tool is the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. It is always right alongside my Featherweight. Such a multi-dimensional tool, — set seam guide, check 1/4″ seam stitching, draw lines on HSTs, small (1″x4″) ruler.

  8. Robyn Williams

    May 13, 2022 at 9:38 am

    My favorite tool is actually 2. #1 is my wool pressing mat and #2 is my hand-held Oslo iron.

  9. Beth Clements

    May 13, 2022 at 9:43 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my square up rulers. Plus my new ergonomic rotary cutter.

  10. Terri Uden

    May 13, 2022 at 9:46 am

    My rotary cutter and various rulers that make prep for quilts easier.

  11. Roxie Svoboda

    May 13, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Clover Fabric folding pen is my new favorite quilting tool – helps those bulky seams laynice & flat.
    Would love to try a clapper!

  12. Ruth Moore

    May 13, 2022 at 10:43 am

    My new favorite tool is the stripology xl ruler!

  13. Sheri Arrigoni

    May 13, 2022 at 11:07 am

    My absolute favorite is the quick ripper electric seam ripper/Wahl pocket pro compact trimmer. It has saved me hours of time with Jack, the fabric doesn’t get caught at all and it makes life so much better for my hands.

  14. Carolyn Kohut

    May 13, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Hard to choose just one, but I do my best piecing when I use a Stiletto.

  15. Anita Hyman

    May 13, 2022 at 11:20 am

    My favorite quilting tool is my Martelli rotary cutter.

  16. Chantalle

    May 13, 2022 at 11:57 am

    I’d say my favorite sewing tool is my machine. It’s an Elna Carina purchased in 1984. Best money spent.

  17. j sew

    May 13, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I’ve read all of the above, I’m still newer at this. As I have had a macular hole in my for almost 10 years. So, I guess I would
    say my OttLite is my favorite. I appreciate your tips here and will enjoy the journey more because of it…

  18. Nancy B

    May 13, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    My newest favorite tool is the design boards I just finished!

  19. Linda

    May 13, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve recently discovered Quilters Select rulers. They are currently my favorite sewing tool. I am slowly replacing old rulers with these. These rulers and starching my fabric really help me with precision piecing. What a fabulous giveaway opportunity! And we get to learn what favorites others have.😀

  20. Heather Kosbab

    May 13, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite sewing tool is my thimble, I use it for all hand sewing and it makes that task so much faster and easier,

  21. Tammy Andricak

    May 13, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    My favorite tool is my 9 inch ruler

  22. Claudia Weigant

    May 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I am pretty new to quilting, started two years ago. I have finished one quilt, one in progress, and the Moda Blockheads 4 QAL is my first!! I love it and learning so much about the designers. Being so new, I have to say my rotary cutter is my favorite tool. I have just recently seen Lori Holt use the clapper and it is on my wish list of quilting tools!!

  23. Jane Werthmann

    May 13, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Love to learn so much from you – favorite tool 3×6. ruler

  24. Jan Winkel

    May 13, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    OOH favorite tool has got to be my sewing machine. I’ve been sewing on an ELNA for 45 years!

  25. Mary E Miller

    May 13, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Hands down my sewing machine. Nothing sews like a Bernina.

  26. Diane Nelson

    May 13, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    My favorite sewing tool is my block lock ruler. It helps square up those half square triangles!

  27. Kathy E.

    May 13, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I am a follower of both accounts on Instagram as _duchick_!
    My favorite sewing tool is my Kai scissors. They are always sharp and very comfortable in my hand.

  28. Sylvia

    May 13, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I am new to quilting. Working on getting necessary tools. My rotary cutter and rulers seems to be at the top of my short list!! Doing my first quilt along, Block heads 4. Struggling alittle but keep on trying. Learning alot.

  29. Lynn L Young

    May 13, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    My new favorite sewing tool, a brand new seam ripper that is nice and sharp! My 40yr old one’s handle cracked, what a difference! It also has a playoc cap that helps remove threads!

  30. Anne

    May 14, 2022 at 2:25 am

    I would prefer Jack William style clapper. I am looking forward to the coming quilting designs. Love them!

  31. Kerry E

    May 14, 2022 at 4:36 am

    My favorite tool aremy stripology rulers. Makes cutting super quick.

  32. Pamela

    May 14, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Lately it seams my favorite sewing tool is my seam ripper. I did just purchase a larger block lock ruler and love it. I’m loving your blocks in Love Note (sew much sew) that I’ve started late, but using Love Note.

  33. Deb

    May 14, 2022 at 5:23 am

    My favorite tool is my stiletto! So good to keep seams straight!!

  34. Patty Jones

    May 14, 2022 at 6:02 am

    Beautiful clapper – I love beauty and function wrapped up in one package!! It is nearly impossible to narrow down to one favorite, but I have to choose diagonal seam tape because I am not a fan of the time it takes to draw lines. : )

  35. Karen Seitz

    May 14, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Besides my wonderful Singer 301, my seam ripper is my most necessary and favorite tool. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  36. Gwen Wehner

    May 14, 2022 at 6:58 am

    Quilting tools are like the instruments in an orchestra – you need all of them to make something beautiful! I love my Quilters Select rulers for accurate cutting.


    May 14, 2022 at 7:01 am

    I find my stiletto is my favorite quilting tool. But, if someone invented a “SCANT quarter-inch” presser foot — that would probably become my favorite very quickly!

  38. Cherri Kincaid

    May 14, 2022 at 7:24 am

    My Babylock is of course my favorite tool. But I couldn’t live without my large cutting table!

  39. Kathi Polz

    May 14, 2022 at 7:25 am

    My newest favorite quilting tool is my Quilters Select rotary cutter. It has weight to it and makes cutting so much easier.

  40. Suzanne Perry-Potts

    May 14, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Minimizer glass. I like being able to view a quilt as a whole before I piece the blocks together.

  41. Charlotte Brown

    May 14, 2022 at 7:40 am

    I would say my wool mat is my favorite tool. It makes pressing so much easier.

  42. Cheryl

    May 14, 2022 at 7:42 am

    My most used tool besides my wonderful Babylock Accomplish is my stash of seam rippers!
    My favorite TOOL is my cordless Panasonic iron. Love. It!

  43. Debbie Miller

    May 14, 2022 at 7:52 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my scissors-I LOVE scissors!

  44. Denise Howard

    May 14, 2022 at 7:54 am

    My favorite tools are the block lock rulers. So easy to use and cut for accuracy. I love, love the clapper – absolutely gorgeous!

  45. Sondra Hill

    May 14, 2022 at 8:03 am

    My favorite tools are Gridlock rulers.

  46. Sondra Hill

    May 14, 2022 at 8:04 am

    My favorite tools are creative grid rulers

  47. Rägi

    May 14, 2022 at 8:17 am

    It depends on the project and / or which is my newest! For right now, my new Quilters Select Ruler.

  48. Julie Fromelt

    May 14, 2022 at 8:34 am

    My favorite tool is the Blade Saver Thread cutter. Wonderful when cutting apart pieces that I have chained stitched.

  49. Denise Wilcox

    May 14, 2022 at 8:44 am

    My favorite tool is the rotary cutter but it wouldn’t work without my favorite rulers which are Creative Grids and my self healing mat. They all go together, I can’t use one without the other two. 🧵🪡

  50. Deb E

    May 14, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Definitely my wool pressing mat – what a difference it makes when I’m working on quilt blocks! Thanks for the giveaway — I’ve wanted one of those clappers forever, so keeping fingers crossed. Those are a work of art!

  51. Pam Roy

    May 14, 2022 at 10:33 am

    My favorite tool would be my cordless iron that I keep right next to my sewing station. So handy!

    1. Sharon D Luedeman

      May 17, 2022 at 6:54 am

      My favorite sewing tool is my Karen Buckley scissors. So sharp and they have a soft grip handle on them. I also love my Panasonic cordless iron…I keep it on my wool mat on the side of my cutting table for when I trim my blocks.

  52. lynn

    May 14, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    I am thankful for very sharp pins, that go through fabric like it is butter. So satisfying! And, unrelated, I love your Flower Pot fabric and the blocks you are making with it : ) Thank you so much for this giveaway. I’ve been interested in trying a tailor’s clapper for a while.

  53. Debra Grove

    May 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    My favorite sewing tool is my stiletto that was hand carved by my friend’s husband. I cannot sew without it to guide my fabric!

  54. Maryanne Richards

    May 14, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    My favorite tools (supplies) are aurofil 50 thread and schmetz mitrotex machine needles. My piecing is much more accurate and the thread is wonderful for piecing and FMQ as well

  55. Ali McDonnell

    May 15, 2022 at 5:23 am

    Thanks for this cute pattern! My favorite quilting tool is my little Rowenta travel iron that I use next to my machine. It gets nice and hot and presses my seams perfectly. Have been wanting to try a clapper to make them even better but haven’t gotten one yet.

  56. Kim Brandt

    May 15, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I started quilting by tracing card board templates on to fabric then cutting them out with scissors! to me a rotary cutter is the best invention EVER! thanks for your lovely block and for the chance to win. Happy Sewing and designing!

  57. Sharon D Luedeman

    May 17, 2022 at 6:54 am

    My favorite sewing tool is my Karen Buckley scissors. So sharp and they have a soft grip handle on them. I also love my Panasonic cordless iron…I keep it on my wool mat on the side of my cutting table for when I trim my blocks.

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