Block Of The Month

Each month, members of our guild make a themed block using their own unique fabrics.
The finished quilt is donated to a local charity or organization.

March 2024 Block:

LOOP the LOOP
by Elaine Huff

Finished size:  12”x 12”

Fabric Selections:

For all fabrics, use solids or small prints:
Select one blue and one green for the middle X.

White background and your choice of orange or gold for the outside.

Blocks are due at our March meeting.

Please continue donating quilt batting, backing and binding!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO PIECE & QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Thanks!

Our blocks will look like these that have a blue and green for the middle X, a white background, and orange/gold for the outside border.

February 2024 Block:

FIELD OF VIEW
by Jessica Plunkett & MQG

Finished size:  9”x 9”

Fabric Selections:

Select a color scheme. You need a dark solid, a medium solid, and a light print of your chosen color.

The pattern is created with HSTs placed as shown in the black & white diagram.

You also need solid black fabric for the diagonal squares.

Blocks are due at our February meeting.

Please continue donating quilt batting, backing and binding.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO PIECE & QUILT THESE BLOCKS.

Thanks!

Examples using a dark solid, a medium solid, and a light print of your chosen color for HSTs and solid black diagonal squares.

January 2024 Block:

WALL BLOCK
by Carolina Oneto

Finished size:  12”x 12”

Fabric Selections:

CDMQG provided the 4.5x8.5 chevron print for center

(contact Erlinda or Shannon for the chevron print)

You choose gold/yellow for sides and navy/dark blue for top.
Please use solids or low volume print.

Blocks are due at our January meeting.

Please continue donating quilt batting, backing and binding!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO PIECE & QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Thanks!

Erlinda and Shannon’s example using the patterned fabric provided with gold and navy.

December 2023 Block:

SIDE STRIPE

by Renee Tallman

This block is made with half-square-triangle… with a twist!

Finished size:  12”x6”

PLEASE MAKE A SECOND BLOCK USING THE EXTRA PIECES!

Fabric Selections (follow the pattern colors):

For the LIGHT BACKGROUND
Use solid white or very low volume prints.

For the BOLD COLOR FABRICS:
Choose 4 different solid or patterned bold fabrics for each block.

Due at our December Meeting

Please continue donating quilt batting, backing and binding!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO PIECE & QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Thanks!

Kirsten’s example using solid white and a very low volume white print for the background, and a combination of 4 solid and patterned bold colors!

November 2023 Block:

MOD SQUARED

by Jessica Plunkett

This is a traditionally-pieced block.

Finished size:  12”x12”

Fabric Selections:

For the LIGHT fabric - USE PEACH

For the DARK fabric - USE NAVY BLUE
You may choose either prints or solids!

Due at our November or December Meeting

Please continue donating quilt batting, backing and binding!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO PIECE & QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Thanks!

Kirsten’s example using patterned peach and navy fabrics.

October 2023 Block:

SCALED TRIANGLES

by Jessica Skultety

This traditionally pieced block is very large!

Finished size:  20”x20”

Fabric Selections:

Instead of Dark Peach Background - USE SOLID WHITE

Instead of Light Peach Triangles - USE VARIOUS BRIGHT SCRAPS
Use prints or solids, preferably all different.  
This pattern makes pairs of HSTs, so you could choose 6 different scraps and turn the extras into a second block!

Due at our October Meeting

Please continue donating quilt backing and batting!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Kirsten’s example using a white background and a combination of 6 different solids and prints.

September 2023 Block:

BOOMERANG

by Mitzie Schafer 

  This traditionally pieced block includes two “flying geese”!

Finished size:  12”x12”

Fabric Selections:

Instead of Cream - USE SOLID BLACK

Instead of Pink - USE RED SOLID OR PRINT 

Instead of Green - USE YELLOW SOLID OR PRINT 

Due at our September Meeting

Please continue donating quilt backing and batting!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO QUILT THESE BLOCKS!

Kirsten’s example using solid black with red and yellow prints.

August 2023 Block:

STRUT by Silvia Sutters

This traditionally-pieced block uses a printable template to cut the diagonal line.
*NOTE* please read Kirsten’s pattern edits below before cutting your fabric.

Finished size is 12” x 12”.

Fabric Selections:
use SOLID NAVY for the background
use YOUR FAVORITE SOLID for the stripes

*PATTERN NOTES*
Follow these edited cutting instructions:

From Navy cut:

2x7.5 rectangle

2x12 rectangle 

1.5x8 rectangle 

1.5x9 rectangle 

1.5x10 rectangle 

1.5x11 rectangle 

Template 1

From your favorite solid (FS) cut 

1.5x8 rectangle 

1.5x9 rectangle 

1.5x10 rectangle 

1.5x11 rectangle 

1.5x12 rectangle 

Please bring your finished block to our August or September meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using solid navy with teal stripes.

July 2023 Block:

RIBBON ROCK by Michelle Bartholomew

This is a traditionally pieced block, made using colors to celebrate Flag Day and July 4th!
The finished bed-sized quilt will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation and gifted to a US Service Member or Veteran.  Please make multiple blocks if you are able!

Finished size is 12” x 12”

Fabric Selections:

use SOLID WHITE  (where the pattern calls for light gray)
use RED/BLUE prints or solids in any combination (where the pattern calls for navy)
Think “American flag colors”!  For example: red square with blue triangles; blue square with red triangles; or 2 red triangles, 2 blue triangles, red or blue square. 

Please bring your finished block to our July meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using red, white & blue.

June 2023 Block:

PARAMETERS by Tiffany Horn

This is a traditionally pieced block.

Finished size is 12” x 12”.

Fabric Selections:
use WHITE (instead of light gray)
use BLACK (instead of teal)
use ANY COLOR (instead of yellow)

use ANY COLOR (instead of peach)

You may choose solids or prints for any of the fabrics.

Please bring your finished block to our June meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s examples using white, black and a mix of other colors.

May 2023 Block:

INVERSION by Yvonne Fuchs

This traditionally-pieced block uses an alternate gridwork technique.
*NOTE* please read Kirsten’s pattern edits below before cutting your fabric.

Finished size is 16” x 16”.

Fabric Selections:
use LIGHT GREEN
(instead of light teal)
use DARK GREEN
(instead of dark teal)
use ANY FLOWER COLOR
(instead of white)
You may choose solids or prints for all fabrics.

*PATTERN NOTES*
- It doesn’t list how many 2-1/2” x 7-1/2” rectangles to cut — you need to cut 4.

-In step one, she asks you to make 12 dark green+flower color units — you only need 8 and you only cut for 8.  (It’s 12 total if you include the light and dark green.)

Read this MQG article to see how Yvonne Fuchs uses her INVERSION block in non-block-based quilt designs.  

Please bring your finished block to our May meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using light green, dark green, and pink as her floral color.

April 2023 Block:

PUNCH  by Erin Case

This traditionally-pieced block has an included template for the curved piece!
Finished size is 12” x 12”.

Fabrics A & C:  use PURPLE
Lavender or other light purple, prints or solids.  
A & C can be the same fabric or different fabrics - your choice!

Fabric B: use BLACK
(solid, or a print that reads solid)

Please bring your finished block to our April meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using lavender print and solid black.

March 2023 Block:

BARBED  by Molly Wardlow

This traditionally-pieced block has an optional stepped diagonal stripe!

Fabric A:  use MEDIUM BLUE (not baby blue or navy)

Fabric B: use orange

Fabric C (optional): use any color

— USE SOLIDS OR PATTERNS FOR ALL FABRICS! —

Please bring your finished block to our March meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using blue and orange (no stepped stripe).

February 2023 Block:

STAGGERED STRIPES  by Yolanda Whitehead

This uniquely pieced block involves folding and sewing along the fold!

For the LIGHT FABRIC:  use WHITE (solid white or white-on-white patterned)

for the DARK FABRIC: use RED (solid or patterned)

ASSEMBLY TIPS:

Read all the words and look at all the diagrams before you begin assembling the block.

When trimming, line-up the diagonal marking on your ruler with the center diagonal fold.

Bonus: this pattern has you cut enough fabric for 2 blocks!

Please bring your finished block to our February meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

Kirsten’s example using white-on-white and patterned red.

January 2023 Block:

MODERN CHURN DASH

This is a traditionally pieced block; finished size is 12” x 12”.

Make the churn dash using the fat quarter you received at the December meeting (or any fabric from your stash).

Make the background using white or a white-on-white print.

Please bring your completed block to our January meeting.

Follow this great tutorial and make the 12” block size:

https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/churn-dash-quilt-block-tutorial/

Amy Smart’s example from “Diary of a Quilter”

November 2022 Block:

WHORL by the MQG

This is a traditionally pieced and partial-seam block; finished size is 12”x12”.

Make this block using prints or solids in
LIGHT BLUE for Fabric A
DARK BLUE
for Fabric B

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your finished block to our December meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

This quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, or another suggested organization.

Kirsten’s example using LIGHT BLUE and DARK BLUE.

October 2022 Block:

PUZZLE PATCH by Vasudha Govindan

This is a traditionally pieced block; finished size is 12”x12”.

Make this block using prints or solids in SHADES OF PINK for Fabric A, B, and C.

Use WHITE or a print that reads as solid white for Fabric D.

After making the block you’ll be left with 2 triangle pieces of Fabrics A & B…
sew those together into a HST and bring them to the guild, too!

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your finished block to our November or December meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

This quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, or another suggested organization.

Kirsten’s examples using SHADES OF PINK for Fabrics A, B & C.

September 2022 Block:

TESSERACT by Sarah Ruiz

September’s  BOM can be found in issue 6 of MQG Journal.  

This is a Y-seam and partial-seam block!  

Make this block using GOLDEN YELLOW for the Fabric A.

Everything else can be PRINTS or SOLIDS!

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your finished block to our October meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

This quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, or another suggested organization.

Kirsten’s example using GOLDEN YELLOW for Fabric A.

August 2022 Block:

EQUINOX by Lou Orth

August’s  BOM can be found in issue 1 of Modern Monthly.  

This is a foundation paper pieced block!  

Make this block using MEDIUM or LIGHT GRAY for the background (instead of peach as seen in the pattern).

Everything else can be PRINTS or SOLIDS!

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your finished block to our September or October meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

This quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, or another suggested organization.

Kirsten’s example using medium gray as the background, instead of peach.

July 2022 Block:

ORGANIC DIAMOND by Hannah Haberkern

July’s  BOM can be found in issue 2 of Modern Monthly.  

Half of the block is traditionally-pieced, and half is foundation paper pieced!  

Make this block using the suggested colors in the photo above, trying to match from your own stash.  
The colors don’t have to be exact, just do the best you can!  

You may use prints or solids - mix and match!

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your finished block to our AUGUST meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

This quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, or another suggested organization.

Kirsten’s example using fabric colors (patterns and solids) that are similar to the original.

June 2022 Block:

SCRAPPY SNOWBALL by Sarah Chimblo

June’s  BOM can be found in issue 4 of Modern Monthly.  It is a traditionally-pieced, scrappy-style block!  We will make the LARGE VERSION: Finished size is 15” x 15”.

We will use WHITE for Fabric B and BLACK for Fabric C (the center of the block)
Everything else should be a SOLID of any color!  Make it scrappy!

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your blocks to our JULY meeting.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

The finished quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Example block using WHITE & BLACK fabric in the center.

May 2022 Block:

INTERSECTION by Margot Yang

May’s BOM is from issue 3 of the MQG Journal.  It is a traditionally-pieced block that can be assembled in a lot of interesting ways!  Finished size is 12” x 12”.

We will use WHITE for Fabric C (two 6.5” squares, as noted on page 6)
Everything else can be a solid or print in any color.

The pattern is published here.

Please bring your blocks to our JULY meeting since we’re not meeting in-person in June.

We’re always looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

The finished quilt will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Example block.  Use solid white or white-on-white for Fabric C.

April 2022 Block:

WISHES FOR UKRAINIAN PEACE by Members of the CDMQG

April's BOM was designed specially for the CDMQG's donation to Ukrainian relief efforts.

Using the kits we’ve provided, please make either:

* a foundation paper pieced dove block or
*  a traditionally pieced sunflower block.

It is a 10" block, so your finished piecing should be 10.5" square.

Be sure to follow the directions that correspond to your kit.
(Even if you did not receive a fabric kit, you can still contribute a block for second quilt!)

Bring your blocks to our May meeting.

We’re looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and finish the quilt - thanks!

The finished quilt will be 40" x 60" and raffled to benefit Ukrainian Relief.

Examples of each block.

March 2022 Block:

MEXICAN TILE STUDY by Naomi Bombardi-Wilson

March’s BOM is from issue 5 of the MQG Journal. It is a foundation paper pieced block.

We will use BLACK for the background (solid or print) and really COLORFUL fabrics for the flying Vees (solid or print).

We will make the 10-inch size block.

Please bring your finished block to the April 2022 meeting!

VIEW PDF INSTRUCTIONS HERE
or here
https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/sites/default/files/Mexican%20Tile_Bombardi-Wilson_0.pdf

The instructions give templates for 3 different size blocks... remember to make the 10-inch size.

You’ll need to print your own paper templates to get started.

We're looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and make the finished quilt - thanks!

The finished quilt will be donated to a local Ukrainian refugee family.

March’s finished blocks!

February 2022 Block:

STRAWBERRY WILD by Sara Flynn

We will use RED or PINK for the berries, GREEN for the leaves, and GRAY for the background to unite all of our blocks. You may use solids, patterns, or a combination of fabrics for any of the colors.

Please bring your finished block to the March 2022 meeting!

VIEW PDF INSTRUCTIONS HERE
or here
https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/strawberry-wild-block-april-may-june-2020

We're looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and the finished quilt - thanks!


The finished quilt will be donated to the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center.

February’s finished blocks!

January 2022 Block:

CORNERED by Jamie Siel

Featured in MQG Modern Monthly

We will use NAVY BLUE as a featured color to unite all of our blocks.
(Use any navy fabric, from any fabric line, for any part of the block you choose. We simply want to ensure that navy appears somewhere in the block to unify all of them in the finished quilt. You may even use patterned fabric if you'd like! It will be interesting to see how the blocks come together!)

Please bring your finished block to the February 2022 meeting!

VIEW PDF INSTRUCTIONS HERE
or here
https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/sites/default/files/Siel_Cornered_Block.pdf

We're looking for volunteers to assemble the pieced blocks and the finished quilt - thanks!

The finished quilt will be donated to the
Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center.

January’s finished blocks!

We love quilting for others!

Please let us know if your organization would like to receive one of our charity quilts.
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