Modern Block of the Month (BOM) ~ October Sew-Along

on October 20 | in Modern Block of the Month, Modern BOM, Modern BOM 1, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 70 Comments

Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa is back for the October Modern Block of the Month (BOM)! Alissa shares a new design every month so you can create a modern, clean, gorgeous block in fabrics of your choice. We provide a new design every month but you can sew any time. Whether you’re already sewing along each month of whether you want to jump in to start the series today– It’s fun to sew along with the Modern Block of the Month!

Alissa’s book with Kristen Lejnieks, Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects, inspired our BOM series. We’re excited about Alissa’s second book from Stash Books, releasing early next year. Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts includes lots of beautiful, graphic designs and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.

Share your block in the Modern BOM pool on Flickr, and grab the Modern BOM button for your site: Have fun!

Modern BOM Information:

Time to dive into the next block for the Modern BOM!

This block certainly isn’t the most economical with your fabric, but its graphic appeal is worth it. If you make a lot of these blocks, keep all of your matching scraps for another quilt!

Fabric Requirements:
Fabric A: (Kona Cotton Bone) ¼” yard
Fabric B: (Kona Cotton Butterscotch) 2” x 13” scrap
Fabric C: (Crossweave Blue Blue) 2” x 17” scrap
Fabric D: (Shot Cotton – Galvanized) 2” x 20” scrap

Cut List:

A1 = 9.5” x 5.5”
A2 = 5” x 5”
A3 = 9” x 13” (if you have a wider piece of fabric than an exact ¼” yard, cutting this to 10” x 13” gives you more wiggle room for the final step of cutting out your block)

B1 = 6.5” x 2”
B2 = 2” x 6.5”

C1 = 6.5” x 2”
C2 = 2” x 10”

D1 = 6.5” x 2”
D2 = 2” x 13”

Assembling the Block:

Building on A2, assemble your block.

1. First sew B2 onto A2, press the seam and sew B1 onto the top of this piecing. Press.

2. Next sew C2 onto the piecing, press and sew C1 onto the top of the piecing. Press.

3. Sew D2 onto the piecing, press and sew D1 onto the top of the piecing. Press.

4. Sew A3 onto the right side of your piecing. Press.

5. Sew A1 onto the top of the piecing, taking care that you line it up 1.5” from the left edge of D1.

6. Cutting out the finished block is the final step. Take care that you know where all four sides of your block fall, so that you can get the right sized block out of the piecing.

This is just the sort of block that having a 12.5” square ruler is ideal for. If you don’t have a ruler like this consider drawing the block onto the piecing before making your first cut. You wouldn’t want to cut one edge incorrectly and not be able to get a full 12.5” square block out of the piecing.

Make sure that your corners fall on the outer edge of Fabric B in the upper left corner of your block, and on the inner edge of Fabric D in the lower left corner.

I created some digital quilts using this block in a 5 x 6 block layout:

Here is the block made with different fabrics. In honor of Handmade Holidays I went ahead and used a red and green color scheme!

I used:
Fabric A: Kona Cotton Red
Fabric B: Kei Honeycomb Dot Green
Fabric C: Kei Honeycomb Dot Red
Fabric D: Kona Cotton Grass Green
And more digital quilts with these fabrics:


Comment today for your chance to win a new sewing book! We’ll select two winners from the comments each week. This week YOU can win 100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More or ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs. For book details see this post.

Pin It

Related Posts

70 Responses to Modern Block of the Month (BOM) ~ October Sew-Along

  1. Barbara says:

    Where is the November block? It’s already the 15th!

  2. Deb says:

    Oh I just love this block!

  3. I’ve found your posts a few hours befor and began read that topics often. Thanks much for the awesome blog website!

  4. Sara says:

    I am so excited to have found a block of the month quilt that I am excited to work on. I love the theme and most of the blocks. I am so curious to see what is next.

  5. Kumiko says:

    is there a pdf for the blocks?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I like the digital designs — so much variety with one simple block.

  7. Paula says:

    Love this block. I am going to try it tonight!!

  8. LindaB says:

    Wow… great block has lots of possiblities by turning it every which way….love seeing the different colour combinations…thanks LindaB

  9. Jen Moore says:

    Love the modern block, in one of my favorite color combos!

  10. Robin E. says:

    I love how the red one looks! Makes me want to buy some polka dotted cloth from the store. 😀

  11. Anya says:

    Looks like fun, but I have one question — how do I cut pieces 2″ wide from scraps that are 1.5 inches wide (as mentioned in the fabric requirements)?

  12. Katrina H says:

    This is my favorite block yet!

  13. Sarah says:

    Lovely – and it looks like a totally new design in the christmas colours.

  14. Fran says:

    Wow ! What a versatile block !
    I love all the possibilities……

  15. Karen says:

    I’ve been waiting for the October block and am not disappointed! I’ve loved each block posted so far!
    Would LOVE for my name will be drawn for the giveaway.

  16. toni-anne says:

    Remarkable developments are happening in quilting and I am thrilled to witness them..this is one of them I’d say. Totally love it!

  17. Maureen T. says:

    Love this block! I’m starting on it NOW!! 🙂

  18. Such a great block and wonderful directions – can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  19. Keri says:

    I LOVE the block! Beautiful! I think you have inspired me to try the look. thanks!!

  20. MarciaW says:

    I like this modern block

  21. Jillian says:

    I have yet to be tempted to step back into the ring after my last quilt-tastrophe (I am a terrible, terrible planner) but this block is so chic I just might try my hand at this one and see how it goes…

  22. Connie says:

    What a neat looking block! So modern!

  23. Tezzie says:

    Cute block.

  24. Ginny says:

    Love the modern look!

  25. Jane says:

    I really like this block, thanks, I am going to try it this weekend!

  26. I love the quilt pattern in the 2nd row, 2nd column. So graphic. Great block!

  27. Kirsten N says:

    Love how the different fabrics and colours make the block look so different!

  28. Genevieve says:

    That is really cool!


  29. Love this block. Beautiful xxx

  30. Sheila says:

    Gorgeous block!

  31. Beth T says:

    Very striking!

  32. really love this block – I really like it in red

  33. Jodie says:

    I would love to be included in the giveaway. I love this block especially in the red combination. We are Razorbacks here and “Red” is our color!

  34. VickiT says:

    Very cool looking block. I love the colors used and the angles off to one side that way.

  35. Samantha says:

    I really like this block. It would even be great alone, as one big square quilt!

  36. Dawn says:

    Wow! The possibilities seem endless with this block. I have so many ideas!

  37. Ginger says:

    What an interesting block.

  38. Melissa says:

    This block really packs a graphic punch. Love it!

  39. laura says:

    Thanks for this block. I have been waiting for two weeks for it to come on line. I can’t wait to try it out.

  40. chris says:

    I love that block so much!! what a cool pillow front it’d make!

  41. Ramona says:

    I think this block is my favorite so far.

  42. chibidani says:

    neat! if only i didn’t have so many other projects on my to-do list already…

  43. Erika says:

    beautiful block. I love the first example with that stark white.

  44. Jane S. says:

    I’m loving this modern block of the month series! Thank you for sharing it and for having the giveaways, too.

  45. Anita says:

    The block looks reallly neat!

  46. Donna says:

    Wow–what a neat block–so many possibilities! Will have to give this one a try soon!

  47. modern manson says:

    super cool block! spark*ing ideas… thanks for sharing.

  48. Sheryl says:

    This is my favorite block so far. And I’m still in love with the colors she has used in the blocks!

  49. marci says:

    WOW, that is a very dramatic block. I don’t know if I make a quilt with it but it does look very impressive. Thanks

  50. Liz says:

    What a cool, modern block! I will definitely have to give this one a try!

  51. Erin says:

    What an awesome block! I love the colors, too. I’ll have to try it out.

  52. I just love this design. I know there is alot of waste but can be used for applizue. I am going to give it a try.

  53. CJ says:

    That’s a pretty cool way to do a quilt! I like the Christmas colors in the extra sample.

    Thanks for the share!!

  54. Jessica H says:

    Oooh, that looks super fun. What a great book.

  55. Lynnette says:

    Very cool block, but there is just something inside me that says you gotta find a way to use the scraps or create fewer scraps! Thanks for the interesting and “out-of-my-box” quilt block pattern.

  56. Jess says:

    Ahhh, so fun!!

  57. kate C. says:

    I love these blocks! Thanks for sharing, Alissa!

  58. Glenys says:

    They are really pretty!

  59. Kris says:

    Love this block!

  60. I’d like to win a book.

  61. Heather says:

    I’m wondering if that block would work in a pinwheel setting…

  62. Nancy D. says:

    I love all these blocks. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us!

  63. nicke cutler says:

    i totally love this! so so so pretty! i think it would be beautiful liberated… made a little wonky or wavy also. very pretty!

  64. Jane says:

    Wow that is a very striking block.

  65. Julia says:

    LOvely! Oh, ho I want to make a red & green Christmas quilt.

  66. Tara says:

    I love all the variations this provides! 🙂

  67. Michele says:

    I’d love to be included in the giveaway! Thanks!

  68. I love this one!!! It really is one of my favs. This has been such a fun block of the month, that I look forward to each time. January T.

  69. Melissa says:

    I love this block, especially the color combination. So great!

« »

Subscribe to the newsletter

Sewing inspiration, projects, events and offers delivered conveniently to your email.


Get the latest news via