Modern Monday - Block 33

Illinois Road
Block 33 - Illinois Road
I think this is my favorite block so far! I love how by making the "blades" a little wonky, all the sudden this block has much more character than it's traditional counterpart. (Don't worry you traditionalists, we'll talk more about this tomorrow!) I think this could make a cute, easy and fast baby quilt. Each "blade" could be a different baby pastel on cream. Or you could go brights on white!

I chose my new orange print and white for my block.

  • From the both the white AND orange print, cut 2 strips about 4" x 5". This is super generous, you might find you need a shorter length.
I didn't get a good photo of the first step, so I'll have to describe it. Stack your 4 strips  one on top of each other. If you are using two prints, make sure one is upside down and one is right side up. If you are using a print and solid, this doesn't matter. Roughly on one end of your stack cut all 4 fabrics on the diagonal. This can be as wonky or as straight as you want it. I went medium-wonky with mine.
Once your fabrics are cut, you can see how they will sew together. You'll have to flip over the solid so the cut edges match. If you are using two prints, now is the time you'll discover if you did it wrong!
Sew each of the 4 units together, offsetting the ends slightly. Since there is room to trim down later, this doesn't have to be perfect.
Line up your ruler on the unit so the diagonal line is roughly down the center You will be cutting the unit 3 1/2" so the center will be about the 1 1/2" to 2" line. If you want your blades skinnier, that's fine, but I'd make sure they are all roughly the same size. Trim the top and bottom, too.
Here's the unit once it's trimmed to 3 1/2" square.
Lay out the four units, making sure the blades are all rotating the way you want them too. I tried having the fat part of the blades facing in, but I didn't like it. Try it to see what you think.
Sew together like a 4-patch block. It will measure 6 1/2" when you're done.
So how are your rows coming along? Anyone have them started? I have 3 rows done now, and I'm glad I'm starting them now instead of waiting until the end!


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