Modern BLOCKS – May Block of the month



May Block of the Month – sewn by Gina .

It’s my turn to choose a block this month and I happily chose the block on page 150, Quatrefoil.

This block lends itself so well to scrappy pieces of fabric , that I thought it would be perfect for a charity quilt . I was so happy that I had purchased this measuring tape fabric from Danielle at the retreat . I jumped at the chance to use it .

The instructions are very well explained and I had no difficulties with putting it together. I did think of a few tips to share along the way . The seasoned quilters in the guild will be familiar with these tips , but I may be able to show some of you a shortcut or two.



First of all cutting out the pieces . Sew the two strips together to form the 4 patch. Iron your strips open and then recut , ready to form the pattern .

I cut my strips when they are stacked on top of each other to save time!

Join the seams so that they nestle together. This makes it easier to join them neatly. Remember to pin.

Now you are ready to sew the white corners onto the larger squares.

Can you see that blue washi tape I have stuck to my machine? That is for sewing the HST (half square triangles)


Use the washi tape as a guide, so that you don’t need to draw a line across your white square. Keep the white corner placed on the edge of the tape and sew slowly.


Now sew all the pieces together following the instructions.

Feel free to make a block for the charity quilt using scrappy colours and white as the background. Or keep the block for yourself and use it for a cushion cover, tote bag or pot trivet!


Have fun, it’s an easy block!