Our Modern Block of the Month year has flown by! Have you sewn every block? Did you fall in love with one block and make an entire quilt? Do you have future plans for the blocks? Let us know in the comments, and let’s all give our thanks to Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa, the talented designer behind our BOM series. Her clear instructions and innovative designs made the series approachable and fun. We are so thankful for all Alissa has done! Thank you, Alissa, for sharing your talents with all of us.

Visit Handmade by Alissa for more from Alissa, and be sure to check out Alissa’s books: Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects (co-written with Kristen Lejnieks) and Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts. You can look at this post from March for our Modern Minimal review plus some fun quilting tips from Alissa.

Thanks for sewing with us!

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It’s time for June’s block, the 12th and final block in this Modern Block of the Month! Can you believe that so much time has passed since we got started learning these blocks?!

It’s been so much fun to design and make new blocks each month; I hope that you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have!

So getting down the business of June’s block… It’s a relatively simple one but involves triangles which means cutting some of the fabric on the bias (across the grain) so take care to not tug on edges of the triangles as you’re working with them. It’s very easy to stretch and warp the fabric when it’s cut on the bias, so be mindful of that.

This block is simple, but leads to really great, graphic quilt layouts.

Fabric Requirements:
For one 12.5” block:

Fabric A

      : (Shot Cotton – Galvanized) 12” square

Fabric B

      : (

Kona Cotton – Bone

      ) 6.5” wide WOF (width of fabric) strip

Fabric C

      : (Crossweave – Blue Blue) 6” x 3.5” scrap

Fabric D

      : (

Kona Cotton – Butterscotch

    ) 6” x 3.5” scrap

Cut List + Instructions:
A1 = Triangle from 12” square, see directions below.

B1 = 6.5” x 16”
B2 = 6.5” x 16”

C1 = 6” x 3.5”

D1 = 6” x 3.5”

To cut out A1:
1. Fold the 12” x 12” square in half.

2. Cutting from one corner to the other along the line as indicated on the diagram and trim the square into a triangle (A1).

Tip: If you’re making a lot of these blocks, you can cut out one triangle this way. Then, you can use it as a template to cut out many more triangles out of a 12” WOF strip. This will help you avoid a lot of wasted fabric.

Assembling the Block:

1. Sew B1 to one edge of A1. When you line up the ends of B1 center the extra length on either end. Be sure to press after this step. I prefer to press my seams open, but it’s up to you.

2. Sew B2 onto the other long edge of A1, again being sure to center the extra length of B2.

3. Using a 12.5” ruler (Don’t have one yet? You can use a normal ruler, just be sure to not cut too much off of one side of the piecing) square up the block. Use the bottom edge of A1 as a guide and keep A1 centered in the block.

4. With right sides of fabric together (so the wrong side of C1 will show) line up C1 with the upper left corner of your squared up piecing, making sure that you’ve lined the edges up so that they meet 3.75” in and down from the corner.
5. Sew on C1.
6. Repeat this process for with D1 on the upper right corner.
7. Trim off the extra B background fabric, and press C1 and D1 up.

8. Now trim C1 and D1 to square up the 12.5” block and you’re all finished!
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


Kona Cotton – Ivory
Fabric B


Flip Flop Pink Bikini – Lucy’s Crab Shack
Fabric C


Lime – Full Moon Dot
Fabric D


Sari Gray – Maasai Mara

And here are more digital quilts with these fabrics:

Thanks so much to all of you who have participated in the Modern BOM! It’s been wonderful seeing all of the blocks sewn up by so many different people. As you get more blocks and quilts finished up be sure to post them in the Modern BOM Flickr pool. I love seeing them!