The 2019 block of the month

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We have worked to create a fun, modern, and hopefully easy to follow along block of the month for this year. These patterns can be seen as skill builders for some and quick sews for others. The patterns will be posted at the beginning of each month, for 9 months, if you made a block or have any questions about one please bring it to the guild monthly meeting so we can help each other and see your makes!

Please show off your work on social media using the hashtag #makingmodernquilts We hope this is fun, we hope you are having fun, if not feel free to skip a block or repeat a block if you like! The blocks have been created with a ‘choose your own adventure’ theme in mind. There will be 9 block patterns shared here ending in September, giving us a few months to piece them together in different ways and bring them to the December meeting for sew and tell. Any finished blocks, a flimsy or a quilt you can bring to the December meeting gets your name in the drawing to win one of 2 quilts, either the MEGA sized or the mini that have been made by Sara Flynn and quilted so beautifully by Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting.




First block, with variations of size and color. This quilt block was inspired from the Seeing Stripes, quilt of the month August 2018, designed by Christine Ricks. Click on the link to see that gorgeous quilt pattern, only current MQG members have access to the patterns on the MQG website. Instructions posted here for the modified versions.




The Smoosh block is a modified pattern originally designed by Cheryl Brickey, published on the MQG website as part of the block study project, October 2018. This is a paper pieced pattern that has been altered slightly to fit into the block of the month for our guild this year.



The Moons of Verner

Inspired by the modern artist, Verner Panton, this block can be made in a 24” size and a 12” size. Pattern created by our own PMQG member, Sara Flynn and shared here for the 2019 block of the month.


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Inspired by the PMQG banner blocks and in celebration of 10 years together we have created this center block for this quilt along. We invite you to create mini block patterns and share them, we hope to compile these inspired mini blocks into a small book for members at the end of the year, there are 2 sizes for blocks at 3'“ and 6” finished sizes. Click on the button below to download the pattern.




This pattern was originally created by Sarah Ruiz and the MQG, as part of the block study project, March 2018. This is a paper pieced pattern that has been reduced to fit as a 12” block. We will share our modifications for this pattern soon, the original pattern can be found on the MQG website. Click on the button below to open the pattern file with instructions and bonus paper plane pattern.


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This is a modified block inspired by the original pattern created by Rebecca Severt, called ‘Fish in The Sea’ posted on the MQG website as the May 2018 quilt of the month. Modified instructions can be found by clicking the button below.


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The Jawbreaker block was created by Heather Black and published on the MQG website as the September 2018 quilt of the month. The 24” size is made as created by the designer, while the smaller 12” block has been modified to be smaller. There is a local option of a free block pattern offered here of the ‘Purple Rain’ quilt block, click on the button below to open the pattern.


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This block is inspired by the 100 days of modern quilting as posted on the MQG website, Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts used machine applique to create her lovely Traffic Pattern quilt and we have modified this pattern to create two blocks that are 24” and 12”.




The Strut block was originally created by Sylvia Sutters and the MQG, posted as the block study pattern for February 2017 on the MQG website. We have modified it to be smaller, dropping a stripe and changing the directions a bit. Instructions coming soon.

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This layout pattern has been created as an option to bring the blocks of the month together.

We were inspired by the popular Jen Kingwell pattern that is on our quilting bucket list, to create this modern option called, ‘My Boho Girlfriend. It is great for pulling together blocks of the month, orphan blocks, or even just for showing off your favorite scraps of prints. Pattern coming soon, and a quilt along (hopefully) happening this fall, stay tuned.