Designer Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric is back with the June Modern Block of the Month! Today we have the “The Pieces,” an improv-style block. All of the blocks in our second Modern BOM are extra-large and include a PDF download with all of the instructions; here is the The Pieces PDF. Sew along with the Hour by Hour, March Up From Here and the Stained Glass blocks any time. Yardage information for the complete series can be found here. Learn more about Alyssa’s designs in her introduction.
Visit the BOM2 Flickr group to add your blocks and find inspiration for all four BOM block designs!
Modern BOM 2 // The Pieces // June Block #4
Welcome to June! This month we will be making “The Pieces” Quilt Block for Modern BOM 2.
We will be using a slash and stitch improv method this month. Feel free to get as creative as you want slashing and stitching whichever way! Before we begin, here are the tools you will need:
- 6.5” X 24” Ruler
- Rotary Cutter and Rotary Mat
- Heavy Starch and Iron (I use Best Press Starch)
- Sewing Pins
- Painter’s Tape
- Elmer’s Washable School Glue (optional)
- Matching Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt)
The Pieces Block Yardage Requirements:
- (1) 6” x WOF strip of Kona Curry, Kona Snow, Kona Azure, and Kona Khaki (or 4 different colors)
- (1/2 yard) BG Background Fabric
“The Pieces” Block Cutting Instructions:
- Cut (1) 6” x 5″ piece, label C
- Cut (1) 6” x 9″ piece, label F
- Cut (1) 6” x 13″ piece, label D
- Cut (1) 6” x 11″ piece, label A
- Cut (1) 6” x 9″ piece, label E
- Cut (1) 6” x 7″ piece, label B
Fabric BG: Kona Charcoal
- Cut (2) 4.25” x WOF strips
- Sub-cut into (2) 4.25” x 25” strips
- Sub-cut (2) 4.25” x 17.5” strips
- Cut (4) 1.5” x WOF strips
- Sub-cut into (3) 1.5” x 5.5” strips
- Sub-cut (2) 1.5” x 17.5” strips
- Leave (2) remaining 1.5″ x WOF strips, but cut off selvage
Block Instructions // Improv Piecing the Blocks:
Step 1: Press fabric with starch and then cut pieces per cutting instructions above.
Step 2: Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape on each colored block and label with the proper letter.
Step 3: Start with piece (A). Take a ruler and cut your block in half at any angle you desire.
Step 4: Take one 1.5″ x WOF strip and lay it between the two pieces of (A). Trim so it is about an 1″ longer than (A) on top and bottom.
Step 5: At this point you could pin or glue your pieces together. I prefer to use washable glue as it is a starching agent and helps strengthen the bias edge against stretching. Place a thin stream of glue on the very edge of one half of block (A).
Step 6: Place the colored half and strip right sides together and press the glue down gently.
Step 7: Heat set the glue with a hot dry iron.
Step 8: Put a thin stream of glue on the very edge (within the seam allowance) of the other half of piece (A).
Step 9: Place the colored half and strip right sides together and press the glue down gently.
Step 10: Before you heat set make sure that your two halves are lined up correctly. To do so draw a line from the first half across the center strip and mark. Then measure 1/4″ above the first mark and mark again (shown in pink); the second mark is where the very tip of your fabric should end. Once everything is lined up heat set the glue with a hot, dry iron.
Step 11: Sew both seams with a scant 1/4″. Press seams outward toward the (A) colored pieces.
Step 12: Piece together the remaining blocks (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F) in the same manner. Once all the blocks have been pieced, trim the blocks down per the trimming instructions below.
Trimming the Blocks:
- (A) trim to 5.5″ x 10.5″
- (B) trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″
- (C) trim to 5.5″ x 4.5″
- (D) trim to 5.5″ x 12.5″
- (E) trim to 5.5″ x 8.5″
- (F) trim to 5.5″ x 8.5″
Putting It All Together:
- Piece block (A) to a 1.5″ x 5.5″ strip then to block (B). Press the seams inward toward the joining divider.
- Piece block (C) to a 1.5″ x 5.5″ strip then to block (D). Press the seams inward toward the joining divider.
- Piece block (E) to a 1.5″ x 5.5″ strip then to block (F). Press the seams inward toward the joining divider.
- Join row (A/B) to a 1.5″ x 17.5″ strip then to row (C/D). Press the seams inward toward the joining divider.
- Join the upper portion to a 1.5″ x 17.5″ strip then to the the final row (E/F). Press the seams inward toward the joining divider.
- Now add the left and right borders (4.25” x 17.5”). Press the seams outward toward the borders.
- Finally add the top and bottom borders (4.25” x 25”). Press the seams outward toward the borders.
“The Pieces” block is complete!
“The Pieces” in Solids:
“The Pieces” in Prints:
For each block I make a version in some fun prints. For my “The Pieces” prints block I used six different prints from my fabric stash, three in orange and three in red.