Modern Monday - Block 44

Block 44 - Apron
This is an old newspaper block from the 1950s that I found in Barbara Brackman's block base on EQ6. I thought this was so cute, and aprons are really popular right now so I thought it was appropriate for today! This is a strict interpretation of the original. I experimented with the apron part trying to make it wonky but in the end I decided to leave it as is. If you would like yours more Modern, experiment and see what you can come up with!

If you haven't done so in a while, you might want to look under your presser plate to see if it looks like this. If it does, take a minute to take care of it!
Here's my fabrics. I chose a variety of oranges - prints and solids. I threw in an orangy yellow for fun. You'll need 6 different fabrics for the apron. For the background I chose blue and for the apron string I chose gray. Since this is paper pieced, there are no cutting directions. You can cut strips about 6" long x about 1 1/2" wide to start if you want to start with smaller chunks.

Print your pattern. You can find it here.

Reduce your stitch length and paper piece starting with the apron strips.

Here's the first two.
Keep adding strips on...

...until you have the apron done.

Add the background to each side being sure to leave enough for the seam allowance.

Add the apron string to the top.

Once you have all that paper pieced, trim the block to 6 1/2". Then cut off the bottom with scissors, following the line of the curve.
Trace the template found on the second page of the pattern onto freezer paper. Or use what ever method you prefer to make templates. Make sure you add the seam allowance. I only added it to the curved part.

Cut out and press to the background fabric and cut the curve out.  I made the sides and the bottom over-sized. For some reason when I curve-piece, it seems to shrink more than I think it will, so I'd rather err on the side of too much than too little.

Then piece the background to the block. Match and pin the center of the block and the background. Line up the starting part and begin your stitch. Gently reposition the background piece as you go. I use an Emory board to help.

Continue on to the end. There's no need to pin more unless you want to. I find it easier to reposition without all the pins. See how it looks puckery? It will press out, so small puckers don't matter. If the puckers turn into a tuck, then you'll have problems!

Press to the background piece. See? No puckers!

I removed the paper at this point. You could remove it before you do the curved piecing, but I left it for the stability. Do what works for you! After you take the paper out, press again and trim the bottom so the block is 6 1/2".


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 15, 2012. Thanks again.


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