Kitchen Woodbox Quilt Block Pattern

Kitchen woodbox quilt block

Kitchen woodbox quilt block

The Kitchen Woodbox quilt block is a versatile block – it has a large plain white square in the middle which you could use for some applique or embroidery, or even for a smaller patchwork design like a pinwheel or something.  I can’t think why I made it as large as I did – 24″ square finished size – but I think that I will use it as a medallion in the middle of a quilt when I make it into a quilt.

Cutting requirements for the kitchen woodbox quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in yellow and white, two each in cream and brown

12.1/2″ square:  one white

3.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles:  four yellow, two cream, two brown

If you wanted to make this as a 16″ block, you would need 2.1/2″ squares for the corners, 2.7/8″ squares for the half square triangles, an 8.1/2″ square in the middle and 2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles for the frames.




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Place two 3.7/8″ squares with right sides together in the two colour combinations listed above.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Assemble the kitchen woodbox quilt block

Central area layout

Central area layout

To begin with, I am showing the layout of the central area – this is simple enough with the large white square in the middle, surrounded by a brown/cream frame.  The cream rectangles are placed above and below the central square while the brown rectangles are on the sides.  In each corner there’s a brown/cream half square triangle placed so that the triangles match up with the rectangles neares to them.

Kitchen woodbox quilt block layout

Kitchen woodbox quilt block layout

The final frame is made with yellow and white only.  There’s a yellow rectangle placed outside the brown and cream rectangles.  Each corner is made using one white square with two yellow/white half square triangles.  These are placed so that the white square and triangles together form a large white triangle across each corner.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the kitchen woodbox quilt block.

Kitchen woodbox quilt idea

Kitchen woodbox quilt idea

Finally, for quilt ideas, I have shown a basic quilt with nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  Not terribly exciting unless you fill the white squares with something to make it more interesting.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

Another option would be to rotate every alternate block.  This quilt looks more balanced, I feel.

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Comments

  1. I really like how this gives a 3D appearance of a real box.

    • Thanks, June. With some quilt blocks I have no idea how they came by their names, but this one is a nice obvious one!

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