Sugar Block Club – May BOM

My Modern Quilt Guild decided to do a Block of the Month sew-along this year.  A member was familiar with Amy Gibson, her blog Stitchery Dickory Dock, and her BOM The Sugar Block Club.  The club features clean designs and are a good opportunity to apply a modern take to traditional blocks.  Participants in our guild sew up the block then bring them to share at our monthly meeting.

This seemed like fun, and a good excuse to buy some fabric, so I subscribed to Amy’s blog and the Sugar Block Club.  I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with the blocks, but not a very good job about blogging about them.

Amy recommended that you chose about 4 yards of focal fabrics to use, along with about 2 yards of background fabric.  I choose Moda’s Basic Mixologie by StudioM for the focal fabrics and their Modern Background by ZenChic in Paper for the background.

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Basic Mixologie by StudioM for the focal fabric – lots of good colors to choose from

One of the reasons I liked the ZenChic Modern Background line was because of all the fabrics with text on them.  However, after I made my first block using a cream fabric with print on it, I found myself really bothered that the scripts wound up in all different directions.  Because of this I gave up on the script fabric for a few months and went back to safer options.

When the May block came along I decided it was a good opportunity to try out the text fabric again.  It is a paper-pieced block – this is one slice as I pieced it:

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I played around with the pieces for awhile to try and get the text fabric to line up in the same direction, but oddly liked it best going in all directions.

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All the pieces together – I decided to alternate text background pieces with plain background pieces so it wouldn’t be so busy

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The finished block – I really like it!


Here are all my versions of the Sugar Block Club blocks so far:

first 2 blocks

January and February

thrid block

March – I like this one

First four blocks

Adding April – the Orange Peels

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And now on to June!  The new block will be released in just over a week.


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