Here Comes the Sun … And the June Mod-Mod QAL Update
For June, in the Mod-Mod Quilt-Along, we’re adding sunrise blocks.
Here’s how many blocks you’ll need to make this month, added to the chart of blocks we’ve made so far.
|Diagonal Bars Blocks||4||4||8||12||12||20|
|Star Chain Blocks||1||2||2||3||4||5|
|Double Chevron Blocks||1||2||3||4||6||8|
If you have been quilting-along, you will be half-finished making the blocks this month. Can you believe it? If you’re still on the fence, it’s not too late to start.
Full Sun Blocks
In all quilts, the sunrise blocks are added in pairs, which means you might choose to sew them as whole sun blocks, like this one, which I made in June’s Rainbow Scraps Challenge color, yellow.
To make this block, I printed two of the arc foundations and then, using a glue stick, joined the two halves on one side, lining up the two half-ray shapes.
At the open end, I changes the seam line, by moving one of the half-rays to the other side.
When the paper piecing was finished, I sewed the arc into a donut shape.
I added the circle in the center and the frame around the “donut” using the 6 minute circle technique. To make the freezer paper templates, I started with a 14 1/2 inch square of doubled freezer paper. I used the template for the background, aligning it with the sides and corner of the freezer paper to draw a 10 inch diameter circle, then used a compass to draw the center circle (3 3/4 inch diameter).
(Click the images for a larger version for a closer look.)
Alternative Ideas …
If you decide you don’t want to make the Sunrise blocks for your Mod-Mod quilt, you can replace each pair of blocks with any 14-inch (finished size) block. Marcia has a good set of 14-inch blocks patterns on her Quilter’s Cache site. You can find them listed by size on this page: Blocks by Size 13-15 Inches.
Quilt Layouts By Size
Here are the quilt layouts for each size, with the Sunrise blocks highlighted.
|Small (42-inch square)
4 modules arranged 2-by-2
|Crib (42 by 63-inch rectangle)
6 modules arranged 2 (wide) by 3 (high)
|Throw (63 inch square)
9 modules arranged 3-by-3
|Twin (63 by 84-inch rectangle)
12 modules arranged 3 (wide) by 4 (high)
|Full/Queen (84-inch square)
16 modules arranged 4 by 4
|King (105 inch square)
25 modules arranged 5 by 5
If you are making blocks (or thinking about making blocks), please do blog about it here. Use the category my sampler and the tag mod mod qal. This will make it easy for someone to take a quick look at what others are up to by looking at posts in the my sampler category.