Our Modern Block of the Month Sew-Along is almost complete! Next month brings our last block, but you can join anytime; make one block or many. Use the fabrics you love, and make a pillow, quilt or something uniquely you… This month’s block is perfect for beginners (or a quick and rewarding project for more experienced sewists). Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa is our super-talented designer; she shares a new block each month, complete with step-by-step instructions and ideas for beautiful variations.

Alissa and Kristen Lejnieks wrote the book that inspired our series: Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects. Alissa’s latest book, Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts is the perfect next step. If you love our Modern Blocks of the Month you’ll appreciate Alissa’s great guide for modern quilt design. Check out this post from March for our Modern Minimal review plus some fun quilting tips from Alissa.

Modern BOM Information:

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Can you believe it’s already time for May’s block? Only one more to go after this and we’ll have been at it for a full year! Time does fly! This month we have another block that’s great for beginners.

Have you mastered your ¼” seam yet? This is a great block to really work at getting it right with because your block will turn out the wrong size if it’s not just right.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A

      : (Crossweave Blue Blue) 12.5” x 4” scrap

Fabric B

      : (

Kona Cotton Butterscotch

      ) 12.5” x 5” scrap

Fabric C

      : (

Kona Cotton Bone

      ) 7.5” x 7.5” scrap

Fabric D

      : (

Shot Cotton

    – Galvanized) 7” x 7.5” scrap

Cut List:
For one 12.5” x 12.5” block

A1 = 12.5” x 1.5”
A2 = 12.5” x 2.5”

B1 = 12.5” x 2”
B2 = 12.5” x 3”

C1 = 1.5” x 7.5”
C2 = 2.5” x 7.5”
C3 = 3.5” x 7.5”

D1 = 3.5” x 7.5”
D2 = 3.5” x 7.5”

Assembling the Block:
Sew with a ¼” seam allowance.

1. Working left to right, assemble C1, D1, C2, D2 and C3.

2. Cut this piecing into five 1.5” portions.

Tip: If you’re making a lot of this block, consider piecing WOF (width of fabric) strips of the correct widths for this step. You can get enough pieces for 5 blocks in one go this way.

3. Now, working top to bottom, assemble these portions with A1, B1, A2 and B2 working in the order indicated in the diagram. Press well and your block is all finished! So simple!
Here are some digital quilts made out of this block.

And here is the block made with some completely different fabrics:

The fabrics used are:

Fabric A


Line Work Brown ~ Petal Pusher
Fabric B


Triangles Blue ~ Alegria ORGANIC
Fabric C


Kona Cotton – Red
Fabric D


Weave London Bus Red ~ Summersville

And more digital quilts with these fabrics:

Because of the small piecing in this block and the patterned fabric these digital quilts look quilt busy, so I though I’d show you one of them in a larger image so that you can get a better sense of how they would look.

Enjoy sewing up this quick block!