Total Time: 3 hours 14 mins 36 secs
This Block of the Month series is taught by the modern quilting dream team of Heather Jones, Anna Maria Horner, and Carolyn Friedlander. With each block, you'll learn new tips and tricks and original never-seen-before designs as well as show-stopping classics.
Trudy BlockCarolyn Friedlander
The Trudy Block is a truly hands-on project where you'll learn how to hand-stitch a curved applique design from start to finish. Modern quilter Carolyn Friedlander masterfully demonstrates how to do needle-turn applique, showing how to baste and sew curved applique pieces onto a background fabric. Best of all, this project is a perfect way to piece blocks on the go since you won’t need a sewing machine to make it.
Pop Rocks BlockAnna Maria Horner
The Pop Rocks Block is as fun as it sounds, using subtle and intense fabrics from your stash to create playful contrast. Anna Maria Horner’s scrappy design is a modern take on a 9-patch block, with random pops of color sprinkled throughout. Round up your light and dark fabric scraps and start putting them together to create these unexpected blocks.
Churn Dash BlockHeather Jones
The charming Churn Dash block dates back to the early 1800s. (The block design resembles an overhead view of a butter churn, as the story goes.) Modern quilter and designer Heather Jones gives this traditional block a contemporary refresh using a cheeky print. Follow the step-by-step instructions here to make a set of your own modern Churn Dash Blocks.
Howard BlockCarolyn Friedlander
Learn how to make this architectural block with paper-piecing expert, Carolyn Friedlander. This simple process makes it easy to achieve precise, linear piecing—perfect for this geometric design. Make one paper pieced block or several, playing with pattern and color to see how it changes the overall effect.
Serrated BlockAnna Maria Horner
Textile designer and quilter Anna Maria Horner shows you how to create a stair-step “serrated” pattern out of solid and printed fabrics. To make this block, you’ll learn how to use an inventive template for cutting pieces and Anna’s technique for piecing it together. At the end, Anna discusses how to combine blocks to create a large all-over pattern using this design.
Arrow Crown BlockHeather Jones
This traditional block is a true stunner. Made up of lots of little pieces, the tips and tricks you will learn in this class make the patchwork come together easily. Heather Jones uses solid colors to make this bold, modern block, and with a finished size of 16” square, you won’t need many blocks to make a full size quilt.
Minna BlockCarolyn Friedlander
Combine linear paper piecing and applique techniques to create a lovely, layered block featuring vibrant blooms. Modern quilter Carolyn Friedlander teaches you how to paper piece a background layer, remove the paper easily, and then applique curved flower petal shapes on top.
Folk Flower BlockAnna Maria Horner
You don’t have to be an expert quilter to make this eye-catching quilt block. Modern quilter and fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner, shares how to create this folk-inspired flower block using floral print scraps. You will learn how to piece a background, fussy cut fabric, and reverse applique the flower and leaves using a sewing machine (no hand-stitching required). Make multiple Folk Flower blocks and piece them together however you’d like to make a quilt top that is blooming with color and texture.
Final Block Measures 12 ½” x 12 ½”
Final Block Measures 12 ½” x 12 ½”
Homage to Josef Albers BlockHeather Jones
Modern quilter and designer, Heather Jones, shares how easy it can be to transform visual inspiration into patchwork goodness. In this class, learn how to construct a bold and contemporary quilt block that pays homage to her favorite artist, Josef Albers, and his series of paintings titled “Homage to the Square.” This crisp design and easy construction allows for creative freedom, so you can scale your block to a different size, or have fun playing with unexpected color combinations.
Unfinished block will be a 7 ½” x 7 ½” square
Finished block will be a 7” x 7” square
Polk Block: Paper-Piecing with ScrapsCarolyn Friedlander
Embrace the flexibility and spontaneity of paper piecing with this scrappy block. Carolyn Friedlander shows you how to select a color palette from your leftover bits of fabric and create a precise design using a template. Paper piecing with scraps enables you to use every last bit of fabric, so don't toss your scraps—save them for a project like this one.
Whippersnapper BlockAnna Maria Horner
This month’s block is gorgeous, graphic and quick to whip up. Textile designer and quilter Anna Maria Horner shows you how to bust your stash of scraps and create precise seams using foundation paper piecing. Learn how to create your own template, audition fabrics and balance light and dark tones.
Ohio Star BlockHeather Jones
In this class, Heather Jones shares how to make the iconic Ohio Star quilt block. Using half square triangles and quarter square triangles, you will learn how to precisely sew the pieces together to create this crisp, geometric design. Bind and finish your block to create a quilted wall hanging, or use the block to make a funky, modern throw pillow.
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