My Blockheads Week 5 Substitute

This is the second week in a row I didn’t care for the designer blocks offered for the 2020 Moda Blockhead quilt-along, so here is my substitute block, drawn in EQ8.

I’ve already cut it out, and hope to get it pieced today. On my Singer 401a! Jim finished servicing my Singer 15-91 yesterday, and I’ve got both a quarter inch foot and a walking foot on order for it. I had both, but sold them with my featherweights.

I’d already done my 401a, but yesterday I also threaded Jim’s 301a and my 15-91 with Aurifil thread on top, and Superior Threads Bottom Line in the bobbin, my preferred piecing combination, and reset the tensions on each. My 15-91 took to that combo like a duck on water, but Jim’s 301a fought me for a bit. It’s perfect now!

I love Bottom Line thread, which is a 60 weight polyester so much, it’s basically the only thread I use for bobbin thread, for piecing, machine embroidery, and longarm quilting. I purchase it in huge 33,000 yard jumbo cones. For comparison, it’s next to an Aurifil spool in the above picture.

Chaffles are changing my diet! I am enjoying them so much. I posted my favorite focaccia chaffle recipe for lunch or dinner, and for breakfast, this is my recipe of choice.

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped pickled jalepenos
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion, or 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 slice deli ham, chopped

Beat the egg and stir in the remaining ingredients. Makes two Dash mini chaffles.

I like green onion with these best, but I keep running out of them, and chaffles definitely need onions!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    I love the Chaffles, too! My daughter is coming from MO in March to stay with me after knee surgery and we spent time this morning talking menus. She is anxious to try the chaffles. Had them for breakfast this morning with ham, green onions and finely chopped mushrooms. Used them as “toast” yesterday with cream of wheat. I like your alternate block. I’m trying to decide which alternate I’m using. I was looking at the blockheads Facebook last evening (I’m not on Facebook, but it’s a public group) and a lot of people are going their own way with a lot of the blocks.

    1. tinksquared

      Mushrooms! Yum, I hadn’t thought to try adding those to my chaffles, but I will!

      While I’m not a big fan of sampler quilts, I’m really enjoying this one, because I don’t mind making one of a pretty block that I’d never make an entire quilt of… like todays. Totally tedious! But just one was fun 🙂

  2. Chris P

    Interesting to know about your preference for bottom line. I do use pre-wounds of it in my Fusion, but have not tried it to piece with. Going to now.

    Your breakfast chaffle combination sounds yummo and will also be going on my “try it” list. I do like the sound of adding mushrooms.

    1. tinksquared

      I wind my own bobbins, but I use BL for everything. I am crazy about this thread!

  3. Vicki McMaster

    I don’t know about this block. I think it looks like a swatiska with a center block. I have looked at it different times and every time I think the same thing. Sorry

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