June Block of the Month: Minimalist Crayon Box

In June we are making a minimalist block.  Marny of Modern Quilt Relish designed our block for this month. It does not have a name. We are going to use a "crayon box" palette.

BOM Activity Group chairperson Shelly Recicar has also provided some additional brief instructions as well.

  • Cut 7 – 8 strips ¾ to 1 ½ inch wide by 2 inches long.  They should all be the same color but can be any basic crayon box color – red, yellow, blue, green, orange or purple.  
  • Sew them together to make a block roughly 7 x 2 inches.
  • Cut one strip for your block ¾ “up to 1 ½” wide.
  • Cut a piece of white fabric 7 x 7 inches.  Cut this square in two any place you desire.  Cut straight across not at an angle.  The two sides do not need to be equal.
  • Sew the strip between the two pieces of white fabric.
  • Square up block to 6 ½ inches.

The colored strip should be monochromatic (various shades of one color) but you can make your strip any basic crayon box color – red, yellow, blue, green, purple or orange.  Please use solid or tone on tone fabrics.  No multi color prints.

Our palette is a crayon box of primary colors.

The Kona colors are:

  • Heliotrope K001-477
  • Grasshopper K001-475
  • Orange K001-1265
  • Royal K001-1314
  • Red K001-1308
  • Canary Koo1-26

Other details:

  • Make blocks 6 ½ inches
  • Use plain white fabric for the background (not white on white)
  • Strips should be monochromatic
  • Use ¼ seams
  • Use 50 weight neutral colored thread.
  • Press after sewing each seam.  Press towards the colored strip.
  • Trim loose threads as you go.
  • Tape your name to the back of your block, or mark your initials in the seam allowance.

Quickly and easily make several blocks by cutting your strips in step 1 longer.  Instead of 2 inches make it 4 or 5 and you will have enough for 3 to 5 additional blocks. 

At the June meeting, all finished blocks will be displayed and then placed into a raffle.  Make several blocks and increase your chances of winning the draw!  The winner keeps all of the blocks.

Beth Schnell, BOM Activity Council Member