Metro Mod Practice Block

A couple of weeks ago I bought a magazine “Quiltmakers 100 Blocks”.  All the blocks are 12″ finished, so it would be good for mixing and matching to make pillows, mini quilts, and of course larger ones. I thought it would also be good for me to use to practice and learn different techniques.

I really like a lot of the blocks, but one in particular caught my eye – Block #896 Metro Mod.

I found some cool fabric at my LQS that I thought would give the block a nice modern vibe.

Fabric Choice

Still not sure about the red print.

So, I decided to make the block to see if I like it well enough to make a large quilt. Here it is all finished:Metro Mod Block

What a pain! This block was irritating interesting to make because it used  a partial seam, something I’ve not done before.  I didn’t realize there would be so many seams to match and, as you can see, I didn’t do a very good job of it!

Making the Metro Mod quilt block

Piecing the Metro Mod block.

Its really four smaller blocks that combine to make the finished 12″ block.  And because everything is cut from 2-1/2″ strips, it’s the perfect block for using a jelly roll.  The entire thing took me about two hours (whew!!), but part of that time was spent re-cutting and re-sewing pieces for one of the block sections.  FYI, that’s what happens when you don’t follow the directions…. 🙂

Working with a partial seam is not my favorite thing, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.  I didn’t even know what it was until I started constructing the block.  Here’s a pic in case you don’t know what a partial seam is:

Partial Seam

The top right section of the red piece is not sewn – partial seam!

I’m not sure how I feel about this pattern.  There were no instructions to square each individual block before putting them together, but I did it anyway.  It’s difficult for me to work with a block that’s not somewhat square.  Because of this, my finished block will only be 11 inches. So, I definitely need to practice more…..maybe this will end up being a quilt.

What do you think of this block? Should I make more, or let it simmer on the back burner for a while? If anyone has any advice for making this block less frustrating, I’d love to hear it!

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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