July Block of the Month: Modern Retro

This month, we want you to flex your creative muscles.  The rules are simple — choose a traditional block of your choice and modernize it!  Using the tenets of modern quilting and your imagination, transform your traditional block into a modern masterpiece ! Cut it, make it wonky, re-size it, applique it,  use a minimalist design.  How you choose to re-design your block is up to you.   Above all, have fun with the process!

July BOM Examples

Block size:  12.5″ unfinished.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTSThis month’s block will be using 3 colors: yellow and black with a grey solid accent fabric. Remember, fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of yellow, black or gray) or tonals that “read” as red.  No high contrast fabrics.

PSSST!  Don’t forget to make an extra block for our charity quilt project!  You can make a duplicate  of your first block or you can design a new block!  The choice is yours!


SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

Photo Credits:  Log Cabin; Rail Fence; Snowball; North Bay MQG BOM Series; Drunkard’s Path; Churn Dash; Mod Oval; Liberated String Quilt; Mod Circles; Flying Geese; Block-A-DayImprov Nine Patch.

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