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.

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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!