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Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 3: Modern “T” Block}

Reposting original post (JUL 2014)

In May, I taught a Modern Block class at Spoonflower. I promised folks that I would share the designs/patterns of each blocks of my sampler quilt.


As promised, here is the first one – the modern “T” block. Finished size is 12″.

Planning your Block

This block is actually a repeated pattern (the whole repeat blocks are marked in blue below). You can chain piece the block pieces or you can make it using paper piecing.  Start by planning your block, color in the pieces so you know where pieces go. I have included a template you can color here.

Note: This is considered a challenging block due to the small pieces – to give you an idea the sashing is 1/2″, the small square is 1″.


Method 1: Piecing

Cutting Instructions

Below are cutting instructions for the pieces. I have mapped these instructions with the colors in the T Block photo above.

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)  Fat Eighth
  • 4 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 6 1.5” x 3”
  • 7 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 5 1.5” x 1.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 5 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 5 1.5” x 3”
  • 6 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric D (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 6 1.5” x 1.5”
Fabric E (White Sashing) Fat eighth
  • 8 1” strips (~20 inches long)

Making your Block

  1. I chain piece all my small colored pieces to the white sashing strips. The white sashing will be pieces 2, 3, 4, 6, 8b and 9.
  2. Start with all the 1 pieces and sew them to a strip of white sashing (#2). Trim all the pieces so that you now have 1+2 combined. Press seams open.
  3. Now chain piece on the other side another white strip to the 1+2 pieces. Trim all the pieces, and now you have 1+2+3 combined. Press seams open.
  4. Now chain piece 1+2+3 to another white strip (#4). Trim to create 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  5. Add #5 pieces to 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  6. Chain piece 1+2+3+4+5 to a white strip (#6). Trim and press seams.
  7. Add #7 to the 1+2+3+4+5+6.
  8. Chain piece 8a to a white strip (#8b). Trim and press seams.
  9. Sew 8a+8b to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 block. Press seams.
  10. Finally, chain piece 1-9 block to a white strip (#9). Trim and press seams
  11. Repeat 8 times for the whole block repeats (the sections marked above with blue lines).
  12. At this point, use a design board. Layout your whole blocks. Take the other remaining pieces and lay them out. For the remaining pieces, you can sew each of the pieces one by one, using the same system as a whole block above, sewing just the relevant pieces.
  13. Once all pieces /repeats are sewn, join pieces of each column (i.e. piece going down instead of the typical rows across).
  14. When piecing the 4 columns together, use a lot of pins. I recommend lining up all the colored pieces to ensure alignment is accurate.

Method 2: Paper Piecing

This is not an instruction for paper-piecing, I am assuming you know. The template for the repeat block can be found here. Here are some instructions:

  • Print template at 100%
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down around the A, B and C sections
  • Once you finish paper piecing each section; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Join sections in the order A–>B; AB–>C
  • Once the ABC block is complete make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Follow the above steps 13-14 in method 1 ( to join the blocks down each column and then joining column to column.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:


2014 Quilt Book Wish List + Giveaway Winners

If you have missed any of the book reviews you can now find them here (or it is one of the sub-menu pages if you click on SqueekCrafts above).

What upcoming quilting books do you have on your wish list?? In the spirit of upcoming book reviews, here are some of the ones that are on my wish list. What is on your list, are any of these of interest to you? Here are 10 that are on my wish list.

  1. Vintage Quilt Revival – Katie Clarke Blakesley, Lee Henrich & Faith Jones (Dec 2013)
  2. Playful, Little Paper-Pieced Projects – Tacha Bruecher (Jan 2014)
    Playful little paper pieced projects
  3. Quilting with a Modern Slant – Rachel May (Jan – 2014)
  4. The Modern Appliqué Workbook – Jenifer Dick (Jan 2014)
  5. Modern Quilts & More – Einmo (Feb 2014)
  6. Minimal Quiltmaking – Marston (Mar 2014)
  7. Modern Quilt Perspectives – Thomas Knauer (Mar 2014)
  8. Make & Love Quilts – Mary Katherine Fons (Jun 2014)
  9. Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide Modern Quilt Making (Jun 2014)
  10. Savor Each Stitch – Carolyn Friedlander (Jul 2014)

Now to announce the winners of Sew Mama sew Giveaways. These winners were chosen at random using random.org number generator.
Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

Giveaway #1: Monkey iPad Stand + $25 gift card @ Spoonflower.com
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Winner is #38. which is Mary Ann @ Little house on a diary. Congratulations, I am sending you an email to get you mail address.

Giveaway #2: Book Review Tuesday – Modern Bee
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And the winner is #109 who is Helen P. from Australia. Congratulations and I will be sending you an email to get your mail address.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Quilted Place Mats

So I don’t have strep throat, yay!!! Its only a flu/cold virus. I should be feeling more myself by Monday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Over this past weekend, I worked on the placemats that are a Christmas gift. I think they are turning out great. One down, three to go.