Modern Blocks Book – Part One

So I think I may have mentioned that I am part of the Modern Blocks book that is just coming out by C&T Publishing.

It is so exciting for me! It is not the first projects of mine that have been published, but it is the first that were accepted for publication. I was bouncing out of my seat when I got the approval for my blocks. I was a total overachiever (surprise!) and submitted a whole bunch of blocks. And they accepted 11! of them. (Out of 99 blocks in the book) So if you pick up a copy of this book, you’ll see my name a few times. lol I want to share them all with you, but I think 11 is too overwhelming for one post. So I’m going to start with a few of them and then continue to show you more throughout the next week….and there just may be a giveaway at the end of all these posts. 😉 So stay tuned…and maybe participate along the way. 😉

So let’s kick this off with the block that was easily the most difficult for me. I was almost sad when they accepted it because I knew how much work it was going to be. lol But don’t me dissuade you from trying it! It’s so worth it!

All or Nothing
(By the way, my working title for this was Carousal…their title is a little more intimidating I think!)

Modern Blocks - All or Nothing

This block involves curved piecing in almost every step…and that center seam gave me fits. If you follow along with me, you might remember that I did a lot of blocks last year that were simpler variations on this. I was trying to get the technique down. So don’t worry. I’ve worked out all those kinks for you! Plus I have the pieced circle tutorial here on the blog to help you with this one. You’ll need a bundle of different shades of solids for the rainbow effect here, but I’d love to see other variations of it!

Modern Blocks - All or Nothing

(I love their name for this one!)

Modern Blocks - Double Mint

First off, huge shout of to Penny (sewtakeahike) who sent me the blue seeds for this block. It’s my favorite part! This block is partially paper pieced and partially template sewn. But it comes together really well. I love the log cabinesque style triangles and yet the diamonds that are made. I was definitely in a diamond mood when I was designing…two of my other blocks make heavy use of diamonds as well!

Ahh…I miss my stump for photo taking!

Modern Blocks - Double Mint

(or as I affectionately call this, twinkle twinkle triple star)

Modern Blocks - Stargazing

This block has so many elements in it to me that are vital about quilting. There is tradition with the star concept, whimsy with the wonkiness, color and fun fabrics of modern quilting, the white background, etc. It will look fabulous with blocks of wonky stars of larger sizes as well. I have a whole quilt designed using this block in combination with other stars for a fun star quilt. Possibly perfect for a little boy if done in navy, white and red in particular!

Modern Blocks - Stargazing

I do think that the use of solids with prints helps this block from becoming too busy. It’s a great block for using all those tiny scraps!

Modern Blocks - Stargazing

Can we handle one more?

yes? okay then…

Best Friend

Modern Blocks - Best Friend

Oh was super excited last year when I had the opportunity to work with Sherbet Pips right as it came out for market! Almost exactly a year ago! I knew right away that I wanted to use it and was lucky enough to get a hold of some from the manufacturer. It’s just perfect for fussy cutting!

Modern Blocks - Best Friend

I think the direction of the fabrics is important in this block to create movement but also a place for the eye to rest. So the dogs all run in the same direction, but the scarves are winding their way around the block. I still find it so charming! The puppy dogs just kill me…they are so cute!

Modern Blocks - Best Friend

I also have all of these blocks made in a coordinating colorway that match the colors of the star block above…I’ll have to share those too. But this is enough for today. 😉 How many was that? Four? Seven more to go! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

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46 thoughts on “Modern Blocks Book – Part One

  1. Wow thats a lot of blocks, how exciting! These blocks are great! I'll admit I think I will be avoiding the first one for the time being (unless someone will make it for me! :D) but it looks fantastic! The others are all great too, great use of fussy cutting in the last one and I love the coloured stars! 🙂
    Look forward to seeing the others!

  2. Congratulations! Your blocks are gorgeous, I don`t know which one I want to tackle first. The stupid crazy part of me wants to make all or nothing as my next 4 by 5 bee block. Yeah, maybe not!

  3. Angela, these blocks are gorgeous! I can't wait to see the other seven!! And how amazing that they accepted 11 of your blocks – just shows their good taste!! 😉

  4. Congrats Angela- 11 wow, that is a lot. I didn't realise there were 99 in this book- maybe there will be a Farmers wife style QAL one day of this book!

  5. I have been waiting for this book to come out…don't know if I can wait any more since someone commented that they have already received theirs!! I particularly love the Star Gazing and the Doublemint. My grandfather always had Doublemint gum in his chest pocket and I always think of him when I buy some…now I might have to make a quilt with that block in his memory 🙂 Congrats on having 11 blocks chosen (so cool!) and I look forward to seeing the rest…and purchasing the book 🙂

  6. Those are awesome. I really like them all but the triple star might be my favorite. Although the fussy cut of the Pips is adorable. Great job and way to go on having 11 accepted. Awesome!

  7. I have had that book for a couple of weeks and all of your blocks are spectacular! and each so different from the others. Amazing creativity. I need to come meet you in person–maybe some it would rub off on me.

  8. Great photo stump. Of all these projects, I must say I love the one with the Pips the best … partly because I'm a beginner and it looks to suit my current abilities. Plus, I just happen to have these fabrics waiting to be cut into.

  9. Okay, that's pretty exciting…I'm so tickled for you! Your Carousal/All or Nothing block is gorgeous. And, yes, I'm totally intimidated by it! This book is now on my wish list. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. I can barely design one block and you've got 11! I really want to try that Stargazing block. I've been looking for something starry.

  11. I am simply in love with Stargazing! I simply must get my hands on this book….I sure hope this is where you are headed with the giveaway. I can't wait to see more. You are one talented lady.

  12. Love your work! Congratulations!! These blocks are inspirational and delightful. It must be very satifying and a great thrill for you, to be incorporated into a book?!! (They are great backdrops by the way and set off your work beautifully.)

  13. Congratulations, Angela! I love the star block but really like how you paid close attention to the direction of the prints in Best Friends. I can't wait to see the others!

  14. Congratulations! I love the name Best Friends for that block – it's perfect just like the block. Great way to show off that fabric. I love All or Nothing as I am hooked on rainbows and the stargazing block is just gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a wonky star! Great job! Can't wait to see the rest and now I have a new book to add to my wish list.

  15. Love them all. I think I'll pass on that color wheel one-very cool looking but looks like lots of work. Maybe in a huge size–like a full-sized quilt. Hmmmm. How did you do that Sherbet Pips block? Guess I'll have to get the book to find out? 😉

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