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

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We’re sorry you had to wait so long for November’s Modern Block of the Month post! Handmade Holidays filled our posting schedule for November, but today’s November block was worth the wait. Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa designs a new block every month in our series, helping you create a modern and pretty block in fabrics of your choice. There’s a new design every month but you can sew any time (December’s block will post at the end 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. Alissa’s second book, Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts, is due in early 2012 and includes many beautiful, new quilt designs.

Modern BOM Information:

Share your block in the Modern BOM pool on Flickr, and grab the Modern BOM button for your site: Enjoy today’s Modern Block of the Month!

It’s finally time for the next Modern BOM block! You’ve all been patiently waiting for the November block but meanwhile I’m sure you’ve been loving Handmade Holidays… Here is the November block in early December!

Fabric requirements:

Fabric A:


Kona Cotton Bone

      ) 6” WOF strip

Fabric B:


Kona Cotton Butterscotch

      ) 3” x 20” scrap

Fabric C:

      (Crossweave Blue Blue) 2” x 20” scrap

Fabric D:

    (Shot Cotton – Galvanized) 3” x 20” scrap

Cut list:

      A1 = 3.5” x 3.25”


      A2 = 5.5” x 2.75”


      A3 = 7.5” x 2.75”


      A4 = 9” x 2.75”


      A5 = 9.5” x 2.75”


      A6 = 9.5” x 2.75”


      A7 = 7.5” x 2.75”


      A8 = 5.5” x 2.75”


      A9 = 3.5” x 3.25”

B1 = 4.5” x 3”
B2 = 8.5” x 2”
B3 = 6.5” x 2”

C1 = 4.5” x 2”
C2 = 9.5” x 2”
C3 = 4.5” x 2”

D1 = 6.5” x 2”
D2 = 8.5” x 2”
D3 = 3” x 3”

Assembling the Block:

1. Sew together two columns of piecing as pictured in the diagram.

2. Sew the two columns of piecing together, lining up the colorful strips so that they are centered in the background fabric (Fabric A) strips from the opposite column.

3. Now turn the piecing at a 45 degree angle and trim down to 12.5” square. Make sure that your upper left and lower right corners fall on the center seam of the piecing.

Tip: This is another block ideal for a 12.5” square ruler. If you don’t have a ruler like that 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.

I created some digital quilts using this block in a 4 x 5 block layout:

Here is the block made with different fabrics:

I used:

Fabric A:Kona Cotton Aqua
Fabric B:Sparkle Midnight – Lark
Fabric C:Ruta Navy – Echo
Fabric D:Eggs in a Row Yellow – Pear Tree

And more digital quilts with these fabrics:

Hope you have fun making this block!

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21 Responses to Modern Block of the Month (BOM) ~ November Sew-Along

  1. Jenna says:

    Personally, I think Concerned Quilter brings up a good point. I also had been wondering about this and am glad this person asked.

  2. Emily says:

    Really an interesting and new-to-me block design! I can always count on Sew Mama Sew for great inspiration! Thanks!

  3. I really like the quilt that was made from the block in the bottom right! I’ve not started making any block so far but, the holiday vacation is coming and then I’ll catch up.

  4. Alissa says:

    Hi Valerie – totally ok to use it for bee blocks! Can’t wait to see the quilt!!

  5. Clari says:

    I’m a little late getting to the party of the BOM. These look like a great introduction to making a large quilt slowly as I’m a newbie. They are such fun blocks and we get to learn so many techniques. Love it!

    FYI… the September link doesn’t point back to the correct webpage.

  6. Valerie says:

    Can we use these designs for bee blocks? I really like this one, but I don’t want to step on copywritten toes…

  7. Alissa says:

    I would also add that you have no need for concern, Concerned Quilter. Rather than dropping the ball, in fact Sew Mama Sew was providing you with amazing content every single day in November for Handmade Holidays. That is the only reason the block was posted in early Dec. Thanks.

  8. … chill pill for concerned quilter in aisle 3 …

    *I’m not minimising your concern, but in the great global scheme of things it’s only a quilt block and it’s only a few days late!

    And a jolly lovely block it is too … I’d like to play with this idea with longer strip piecing and do something with the offcuts …

    Thank you ..

  9. concerned quilter says:

    I am really disappointed that this November BOM was not posted until December. Honestly, I’m afraid that y’all are going to drop the ball one this quilt along and all the materials I’ve already invested in are going to go to waste.

  10. Suzanne says:


  11. Aletta says:

    Very cute!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Great block! I love the arrangement in the bottom right corner, it almost has a 3D effect.

  13. Erika says:

    gorgeous block.

  14. Valerie says:

    I love the creativity of quilting. Thanks for the great ideas!

  15. Jen says:

    Cool rearragement of the block! It can look so different

  16. Jen says:

    Cool rearragement of the block!

  17. Anita says:


  18. Rachel B says:

    very cool by itself and so wonderfully versatile.

  19. Yay!!! I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much.

  20. mjb says:

    I love the zig-zags that can show up in the layouts!

  21. Melissa says:

    I love it!

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