QUILT BLOCK SIZES

Quilt block size options

Quilt block size options

I often get asked about different sized squares for quilt blocks and so I have made this small quilt as an example of how many different ways there are of making one quilt block.  My starting point for this was a 12.1/2″ square of fabric, shown in the middle of the top row.

 

 

 

Using smaller squares for the quilt block

Four patch unit

Four patch unit

Plain square and four patch

Plain square and four patch

The second block that I made used four 6.1/2″ squares.  These are sewn together in two pairs and then the pairs are sewn together to create a four patch unit.  This is also 12.1/2″ square, so can be used with the 12.1/2″ fabric square.

 

 

 

Nine patch unit of 4.1/2" squares

Nine patch unit of 4.1/2″ squares

Sixteen patch of 3.1/2" squares

Sixteen patch of 3.1/2″ squares

The next option to consider is 4.1/2″ squares.  For this option you need to cut nine squares and sew them together in three rows of three.

With 3.1/2″ squares you would need sixteen squares placed in four rows of four squares.

 

 

 

Thirty six 2.1/2" squares

Thirty six 2.1/2″ squares

The final option that I made was using 2.1/2″ squares.  For this you need thirty six squares laid out in six rows of six squares.  One further option would be 1.1/2″ squares.  For this you would need one hundred and forty four squares laid out in twelve rows of twelve squares.

I have shown the options here for making a 12″ quilt block.  The sizes of squares that can be used are those that are factors of twelve:  two, three, four and six.  If you wanted to look at the options for a 15″ block, you would need to choose from three and five only:  twenty five 3.1/2″ squares  or nine 5.1/2″ squares.

 

Add sashing to the quilt blocks

Two strips to make one block

Two strips to make one block

Sew black sashing between the blocks

Sew black sashing between the blocks

Of course you will have noticed that I have made five quilt blocks above but I need six in order to be able to sew them all together, so I made one further block using two strips 6.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ sewn together.   The blocks can now be sewn together in pairs.  Cut three 2″ black strips 12.1/2″ long and sew one block to either side of these strips.

 

 

 

Sew sashing between the pairs of blocks

Sew sashing between the pairs of blocks

Sew black strips down each side

Sew black strips down each side

Cut four 2″ black strips 26″ long and use them to sew the pairs of blocks together.  Sew one strip at the top and the bottom of the pairs of quilt blocks and then sew a 2″ by 42.1/2″ strip of black fabric down each side.

I hope that this will help you decide on quilt blocks, particularly when you want to use different squares within the same quilt block size.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Good idea to help teach beginners how to construct various ways to form quilt blocks.
    I keep your helpful tutorials handy.
    Best of all is having so much fun while learning!
    Thanks Rose.
    C.A.

  2. i do so much enjoy all of your quilt lessons and am learning so much as you go along..thanks so much . paula

  3. I think that the fabrics you used for this project are beautiful.

  4. Hello Rose,
    I enjoy having a go at some of the quilts you post, and living in Tasmanian an coming onto winter a couple of new quilts have been requested by the Grand Children. You make the instruction so easy and I thank you very much.
    Kath

  5. Hi Rose,
    I enjoy your lessons and videos very much. I’m a beginner and they have been very helpful to me.

  6. I love this, quilt. I am working on a quilt that is all the clothes that my grandson wore his first year and I have many sizes of different squares, 2″, 3.5″, odd sized saving the front of the cute saying on his pajamas. My question is how do I make this work with so many different sizes . Thank you

    • Hi Sandy. Your best bet is to decide on one overall quilt block size – 12″ finished size is a good option. Then you can use a variety of different sizes as shown in this quilt to make up each block. If you had an odd shaped piece of fabric, surround it with some plain fabric to make it into a square or rectangle that will fit with other squares or rectangles into one 12″ block. Good luck – it sounds like a lovely quilt.

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