It’s time for our July Modern Block of the Month with designer Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric! 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 “Like Rain” PDF. Sew along with The Pieces, 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.

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modern BOM 2 // Like Rain // July Block #5

Welcome to July! This month we will be making the “Like Rain” Quilt Block for Modern BOM 2.


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

Tool List:

  • 6.5” X 24” Ruler
  • 12.5” X 12.5” Ruler (optional)
  • Rotary Cutter and Rotary Mat
  • Heavy Starch and Iron (I use Best Press Starch)
  • Sewing Pins
  • Matching Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt)

“Like Rain” Block Yardage Requirements

  • 1/4 yard in Fabric A
  • 1/4 yard in Fabric B
  • 3/4 yard BG Background Fabric

“Like Rain” Block Cutting Instructions


Kona Curry – Fabric A
– Cut (4) 2” x WOF (width of fabric) strips

Kona Azure – Fabric B
– Cut (3) 2” x WOF strips

Kona Charcoal – Fabric BG
– Cut (6) 1” x WOF strips
– Cut (1) 18” x WOF piece
– Sub-cut into (1) 18” x 18” square

Block Instructions // “Like Rain”


Step 1: Press fabric with starch and then cut pieces per cutting instructions above.

Step 2: Take the 18″ background fabric square and cut in half creating to large half-square triangles. Set aside.

Step 3: With a scant 1/4” seam, sew each 1” BG strip to each colored strip, leaving one fabric A strip.

Step 4: With a scant 1/4” seam, sew the strips together in the following order A-B-A-B-A-B-A.


Step 5: Press the divider BG strip seams outward toward the color strips. Be sure to press gently so you don’t warp the strips.

Step 6: Fold the striped segment in half and press on the fold to create a crease. Fold one half-square BG triangle in half and press on the fold to create a crease.

Step 7: Open both folded pieces and line up the crease lines.

Step 8: Place both pieces right sides together with the crease lines matching up and pin in place.


Step 9: Line up the creases on the other side, place both pieces right sides together and pin in place.

Step 10: With a scant 1/4” seam sew the pinned pieces in place. Then press the BG pieces outward.

Step 11: Now you will need to square up the corners of the block. Using a ruler (a 12.5” ruler works best), line up your ruler with the edges of the BG fabric (right and bottom). Make sure the 45 degree angle line on your ruler lines up perfectly with the center of the striped section (see red line). Trim any excess fabric off then repeat for the other corner.

Step 12: At this point your block will be measure about 27”. Trim the block down to 25”. If you need to take off 2” then take 1” off the left and 1” off the right to keep the block centered. You should now have a finished “Like Rain” quilt block!

“Like Rain” in Solids

This block design is very versatile with many different ways to layout an entire quilt.


“Like Rain” in Prints

For each block I will be making a version in some fun prints. In the “Like Rain” prints block I used two different prints and one solid background from my fabric stash.


Have fun! If you would like to print this block lesson out you can download the PDF version here. Be sure to share your BOM progress in the Modern BOM2 Flickr Group!