Modern Monday - Block 36

Block 36 - 4-H
Wonky pieced letters are really popular right now - for good reason! They are fun, easy and something different. This block is a fun way to practice on a simple letter. If your name starts with an H even better! My initials are J.D. Neither inspire an interesting block, so today, my name starts with H!

Orange and blue this week. (I know you're shocked!)
  • From the orange, cut 9-10 wedges that are about 2"-2 1/2" wide at one end and no less than 1 1/2" on the other. They should be about 4" long or so.
  • From the blue, cut a wedge about 12" long or several shorter ones so it totals about 12".

Here are the strips. You need to make sure the orange wedges are wide enough so when pieced you'll have a 3 1/2" unfinished unit.
First, cut pieces about 1 1/2"  square from the blue and one of the orange wedges. I say about because this step isn't too precise. Next, piece two blue squares to either side of an orange square to make the center strip. Trim the strip into a wedge and so the edges are straight. Sew the orange wedges to either side of the center wedge.
Trim to 3 1/2" square. Mine was a bit long the first time! Oops!
Here's the finished unit. Repeat to make 4 total.
Lay them out any way you like and sew together like a four-patch block. It will be 6 1/2" unfinished when done.
Here's some quilts made with wonky letters:
The whole alphabet
Another whole alphabet
Here's a neat Flickr page with all letter-quilts inspired by the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. And here's her blog.


  1. Great block, simple yet very effective!

  2. H for "happy"! Looks like a fun one.

  3. fun! ooh, and I love that first alphabet quilt that you linked to. you're being too hard on the letter J - I think that one can be awesome.

  4. Hi Jenifer, When you click on the pic for block 34 it brings you to this one. I figured it was just a only 9 patch, so no instructions were really needed. I just wanted to let you know about the link. Also, I'm still having a great time putting these together.
    Take care,
    Rose Pettijohn


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