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Spring Mod Block 

Throughout this year, Portland & Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds are both organizing Block of the Month programs, and they have teamed up and asked me to design a block based on my QuiltCon Block Challenge. They will both feature this block at the meetings and many people will make it for charity quilts and more! I'm so honored! 

I'm calling this block the Spring Mod block, because I've been inspired by the Portland Spring. It's gloomy in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Sometimes visa versa, sometimes still gloomy. It's hard to have such beautiful days of sunshine, followed by pouring rain and not seeing the sun. The back and forth is harder to get used to! ;) These colors in this block represent that. The Mod part is based on my love of all mid-century design. :)

Spring Mod Block

  • 12.5" unfinished block
  • 1/4" seam allowance
  • Press all seams open

Cutting: Cut 1.5" strips then subcut into the following measurements.

Black Essex: 

  • Two - 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One - 1.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 7" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 2" x 1.5" 
  • One - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 6" x 1.5" 
  • One - 2.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 13.5" x 1.5" strips
  • Two - 13.5 x 2" strips for the right and left side 



  • Two - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 4" x 1.5" 
  • One - 9" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 5.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 7" x 1.5" 



 1. First, cut all of the pieces that you will need. The trick to this pattern is to first layout all of the strips in the correct arrangement. Follow the pattern in the above picture. 















2. Piece together the cut pieces into  strips. 

3. Sew the strips together. Make sure that the alignment is correct. I like to pin the strips together to make sure each mod shape is lined up correctly. 

4. I've made the block bigger than it needs to be, so that you have a little wiggle room! ;) Trim up the block to 12.5" square. 

 I tested this block again and asked my friend, Petra if she wouldn't mind testing it too. We made both of these in the leftover neon fabric that we had from the PMQG/Michael Miller Challenge. :) 

Have fun with this block! Feel free to modify and arrange blocks in different ways! I'm excited to see how these turn out. Please don't hesitate to ask questions in the comments. :)

Happy Sewing!  




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Reader Comments (2)

I love this block. I'm a sucker for the mod look. It would be really fun to turn this into a full size quilt. I'll let you know if I do it.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

what a great block, thanks for sharing!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwe

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