The deck of cards quilt block is one of those lovely blocks that is really easy to make and makes quite an eyecatching three dimensional quilt. I have made a 48″ square quilt using 1 yard of light fabric and 3/4 yard each of red, blue and black fabrics.
I have used two different colours for the cards and rotated them so that the blue cards follow one diagonal and the red cards follow the other diagonal.
4.1/2″ squares: eight each in red and blue
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four blue, twenty four red, ninety six black, one hundred and ninety two light
2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric for the borders: four red and five blue
Making the deck of cards quilt block
I have put four cards into each deck of cards quilt block, making a 10″ finished size block. This is a five patch block. As you can see there is a 4.1/2″ square in the bottom left corner for the card which is at the front of the deck. The cards behind this are formed with three 2.1/2″ squares placed around the top right corner of the card in front of it. The rest of the block is filled with light coloured background 2.1/2″ squares. If you prefer, you could use a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle to replace three squares and a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle to replace two squares.
Sew the squares together across each row for the first three rows. In rows four and five you will need to sew the three small squares together in each row and then sew the strips to each other. You can then sew them to the large square to make one more row which can be sewn to the three rows above it to complete the deck of cards quilt block.
Make eight of these in blue and eight in red.
Assembling the deck of cards quilt
If you kept all the deck of cards quilt blocks facing in the same way you would get a design following one diagonal only as shown on the left.
I’ve chosen to go with the option shown on the right, alternating the blocks so that the design follows both diagonals to form diamond shapes.
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four, alternating the colour across each row and rotating every other block to follow both diagonals. This also means that if row one begins with a red block then row two must start with a blue block so that the blocks are alternated down the columns as well as across the rows.
Deck of cards quilt border
For the borders I have used 2.1/2″ strips of both the red and blue fabrics. For the first border cut two lengths of 40.1/2″ and two lengths of 44.1/2″ from the red fabric. Sew one 40.1/2″ length to the top and to the bottom of the quilt and then one 44.1/2″ length to each side.
For the second border you will need two blue 44.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom of the quilt, with a 48.1/2″ length for each side.
That completes the deck of cards quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding and full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section. This is such an easy quilt that you probably still have time to make one as a Christmas present!
Here’s the video: