ModernQAL May Block

modern quilt along follow the leader block

This month is the first of our Modern Blocks QuiltAlong (ModernQAL) over at And Sew We Craft. We have a whole 12 months of blocks planned from the Modern Blocks book by Susanne Woods. The first block is called Follow the Leader and I LOVE it! Yes, it was a little fiddly with a few pieces to cut and piece, but the result is well worth it. If you want some step-by-step instructions with pictures, Amy has written up the tutorial for you. My fabrics are all from Spotlight this time. The white background is actually a white on white print, and the colours are from ranges by Denyse Schmidt. I just hope I have enough of these prints to create the whole quilt!

follow the leader block modern quilt along

My Tips

  • Accurate cutting is essential with these small pieces. Some of my squares were a little more like rectangles which made for some slightly “off” flying geese!
  • Think about ironing the seams to reduce the bulk. I ironed a couple of seams open to reduce the “bumps”.
  • Speaking of “bumps”, sew SLOWLY as you go over the bumps in the seams. I’m the first to be tempted to zip along a seam, but going slowly will make the sewing machine foot less likely to stick or swerve around the bump.
  • As you are joining all the units, keep laying the block out on your workspace so you are sure everything is in the right place. There is nothing more frustrating than getting to the end and realising you have one flying geese section pointing the wrong way!

Here’s the book we are using for the ModernQAL if you’d like to join us:

Find it on Amazon: Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers (Affiliate links)

The ModernQAL Blocks so far:

May 2013: Follow the Leader (This Post)

June 2013: Spool

July 2013: Megan’s Star

August 2013: Quatrefoil Block

September 2013: Escalator Block


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  1. Leila says

    Very nice. I think if I try, I will alter to make the flying geese made out of squares cut in half, means there is an extra seam, but no tricky piecing. This could be an interesting block made into a complete quilt. Thank you for sharing this idea.

  2. TANYA says

    After years of traditional quilting, I’ve been bitten by the modern quilt bug. Thanx for sharing this quiltalong!

  3. says

    gorgeous colours! And thanks for your tips! I did iron a couple of seams open too, but I must admit I think I need to slow my lead foot when I am sewing the seams 😉

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