All-New Modern Block of the Month (BOM) Sew-Along: May Hour by Hour Quilt Block

on May 13 | in Modern Block of the Month 2, Modern BOM, Modern BOM 2, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 6 Comments

Designer Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric shows you how to make the May Modern Block of the Month! Check out the Hour by Hour quilt block, the third extra-large block in our all-new BOM series. In addition to the tutorial every block includes a PDF download with all of the instructions; here is the Hour by Hour PDF. You can sew along with the March Up From Here block and the April Stained Glass block any time. Yardage information for the complete series can be found here, and you can learn more about Alyssa in her introduction.

Visit the BOM2 Flickr group to add your blocks and find new versions of each of the three BOM block designs!

Modern BOM 2 // Hour by Hour // May Block #3

Welcome to May! This month we will be making the Hour by Hour Quilt Block for Modern BOM 2.

Before we begin, here are the tools you will need:

Tool List:

  • 6.5” X 24” Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter and Rotary Mat
  • Heavy Starch and Iron (I use Best Press Starch)
  • Sewing Pins
  • Elmer’s Washable School Glue (optional)
  • Matching Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt)
  • 6″ Quarter Circle Templates

Hour By Hour Block Yardage Requirements:

  • (1) 6.5” x WOF (width of fabric) strip of each of Fabrics A, B, C, D
  • (1/2 yard) BG Background Fabric

Hour by Hour Block Cutting Instructions:

Fabric A: Kona Khaki
– Cut (1) 6.5” x WOF
– Sub-cut strip into (3) 6.5” x 6.5” squares
– Sub-cut squares into (3) inner curves

Fabric B: Kona Azure
– Cut (1) 6.5” x WOF
– Sub-cut strip into (4) 6.5” x 6.5” squares
– Sub-cut squares into (4) inner curves

Fabric C: Kona Curry
– Cut (1) 6.5” x WOF
– Sub-cut strip into (6) 6.5” x 6.5” squares
– Sub-cut squares into (6) inner curves

Fabric D: Kona Snow
– Cut (1) 6.5” x WOF
– Sub-cut strip into (3) 6.5” x 6.5” squares
– Sub-cut squares into (3) inner curves

Fabric BG: Kona Charcoal
– Cut (2) 6.5” x WOF
– Sub-cut into (8) 6.5” x 7.5” blocks
– Cut (2) outer curves from each 6.5” x 7.5” block until you have a total of (18) outer curves

Block Instructions:

There are three different techniques for you to choose from when piecing your curves.

TECHNIQUE #1 // USING PINS

Step 1: Fold the inner circle in half pressing down the center in order to leave a mark. Repeat for the outer curve piece.

Step 2: Lay the two piece right sides together (the outer curve will look very awkward at this point). Line up the center marks and pin the two pieces together.

Step 3: Pull one end of the outer curve piece down and line the edge up with the edge of the inner curve and pin.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 for the other end of the outer curve piece. You should have three pins in place on the ends and center.

Step 5: Working from the center pin out line up the edges up and continue pinning. Don’t be afraid to be pin-happy!

Step 6: Slowly stitch the two pieces together using a scant 1/4” seam.

Step 7: Take the pins out as you sew.

Step 8: Press your inner curve seam toward the outer curve piece.

TECHNIQUE #2 // USING GLUE

Step 1: Fold the inner circle in half pressing down the center in order to leave a mark. Repeat for the outer curve piece. Place a small dot of glue within the seam allowance on the inner curve center mark.

Step 2: Lay the two piece right sides together (the outer curve will look very awkward at this point). Line up the center marks and press the two pieces together with a hot dry iron heat setting the glue. Repeat this method for both edges.

Step 3: You should have three places temporarily glued, with no pins!

Step 4: Stitch together the pieces using a scant 1/4” seam lining up the outer curve with the inner curve edge as you sew.

TECHNIQUE #3 // NO PINS, NO GLUE, FREE HAND!

Step 1: Lay the inner curve piece right side up on your left with the curve facing to the right. Lay the outer curve piece right side down positioned like an “L.” Line up the top edges and begin to sew with a scant 1/4” seam.

Step 2: With your left hand guide the inner curve piece, and with your right guide the outer curve piece. Line up the edges of the two pieces with the edge of the presser foot as your sew. Go SLOW.

FOR ALL TECHNIQUES:

Press the inner curve seam toward the outer curve. Carefully trim your blocks to 6.5”. It helps if you line the 45 degree angle mark on your ruler with the half fold line on your block from previous steps. It is important that the ends of your outer curve pieces measure out to 1/2” wide when trimmed.

Piecing the Curve Blocks

Step 1: Lay out your pieces. Piece together two quarter circles, then piece together the half circles. Repeat this for all four circles. *Note: Make sure you line up the outer curve edges perfectly and pin in place while you sew.

Step 2: Piece two whole circles together making sure to line up the halfway seams. Repeat for the other two whole circles. Then piece the final two segments together lining up the center seams.

Hour by Hour in Solids

Hour by Hour in Prints

For each block I make a version in some fun prints. In the Hour by Hour print block I used five different prints from my fabric stash.

Have fun! If you would like to print this block lesson you can download the PDF version here. Be sure to share your BOM progress in the Modern BOM 2 Flickr Group!

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6 Responses to All-New Modern Block of the Month (BOM) Sew-Along: May Hour by Hour Quilt Block

  1. Christina says:

    So fun! I am wondering if you wouldn’t mind posting the fabrics that you used in the final pics? The fun prints from your stash?! Plllleeeaase :)
    Thank you!!

    • Pile O Fabric says:

      Well these were some random prints from my stash so lets see how good my memory is. The yellow is Lizzy House Pearls, and Michael Miller Dots (pink dots too). One of the blue prints is Heather Bailey Nicey Jane, and the floral print is Anna Maria Horner Lou Lou Thi. :)

  2. Ramona says:

    so cool!

  3. I am dying to make this block. I have been defeated by the circles/curved seams before. I even bought the curve master foot – sadly, I did not master the curve. I admit, I’m a little bit gun shy. I suppose I just should get over it and try. Tomorrow. I will make this (f&*#ing) block tomorrow. Promise.

  4. Java Jane says:

    Very nice. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Jodie says:

    I LOVE this month. I am looking forward too trying this one.

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