Victoria Square Quilt Block Pattern

Victoria Square quilt block

Victoria Square quilt block

The Victoria Square quilt block pattern is a stunner – it reminds me of green parks and pinwheel whirls.  There is a Victoria Square in Birmingham, but it’s more statues and steps rather than greenery.  The block is classified as a nine patch and I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Victoria Square quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four light green, four dark green, eight white

3.7/8″ squares:  six each in light green and white, four each in dark green and white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in both light green and white and in dark green and white.  Place a white square right sides together with a green square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This makes two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central area

Central area

Make the Victoria Square quilt block central area

I’ve shown the layout in two stages.  The first section uses dark green and white only.  Place four dark green/white half square triangles in the middle to form a pinwheel.  On each edge of the pinwheel place a green and a white 3.1/2″ square.  In each case place the green square so that it touches the green triangle of the pinwheel.

In each corner place a dark green/white half square triangle.  Check the photo to be sure that you have the triangles placed correctly.

Victoria Square quilt block complete layout

Victoria Square quilt block complete layout

Complete the layout

Make the outer layer of this quilt block with only light green and white.  The pieces follow a pattern if you begin in the top left corner and follow the frame of the block around in a clockwise direction.

Across the top you have a light green triangle, green square, two light green triangles and a white square.  These form an upside down mountain first, then a larger white triangle pointing outwards and then a white square and white triangle next to each other.

The top right corner is a green/white half square triangle and then the other pieces follow in the same pattern down the right hand side of the block.  The same happens across the bottom of the block (working from right to left) and then again up the left hand side.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Victoria Square quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt designs

I have shown first the basic quilt design with sixteen blocks arranged in four rows of four.  I’m not too keen on this as you lose the whirligig shape of the block design.

Alternate Victoria Square quilt design

Alternate Victoria Square quilt design

As an alternative I tried several different colours as well as the greens and was very pleased with this design.  You could either use a distinct pattern as I have done, or you could make every block a different colour as a scrappy quilt.

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Rocky Mountain Puzzle Quilt Block Pattern

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

The Rocky Mountain Puzzle quilt block pattern reminds me of several blocks such as the Jacobs Ladder block, but I do like the white square in the middle.  You could use it to add a little colour to the block if you wanted to make it for a scrappy quilt.  It’s a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the rocky mountain quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  three white

3.7/8″ squares:  five white, five brown

3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  two brown

6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  two brown




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares for this.  Place a brown and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This gives you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block layout

Rocky mountain puzzle quilt block layout

Make the rocky mountain puzzle quilt block

Lay the squares out as shown.  Place a white square in the middle and in two diagonally opposite corners.  Place the small brown rectangles above and below the central square, with the longer rectangles on the sides.

The half square triangles are rather more easy to place than sometimes.  On the left hand side and across the top place five half square triangles with the brown triangle always in the bottom right.  For the left hand side and the bottom place five half square triangles with the brown triangle always in the top left.  I sometimes struggle with getting the triangle placements correct so it pleased me that these are so easy to place.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Assemble the block

First sew the rectangles to the top and bottom of the central square.  Then add the rectangles to the sides.  Sew the pairs of half square triangles together above and below the central square.  Then sew the square and three half square triangles together in a column on each side of the block.

Finally sew the three columns to each other to complete the quilt block.

Quilt design ideas

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

I think that I would probably make this with more colours – maybe in the central square – to give the quilt a bit more interest.

Quilt with alternate blocks rotated

Quilt with alternate blocks rotated

As an alternative design, I have shown the same quilt but with alternate blocks rotated to create a little more for the eye to look at.

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Flying Dutchman Quilt Block Pattern

Flying Dutchman quilt block

Flying Dutchman quilt block

The Flying Dutchman quilt block is an easy quilt block.  Whenever I use yellow fabric I always wonder I don’t use it more often as it’s such a bright and happy looking colour.  It’s classified as a four patch and I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Flying Dutchman quilt block

3,1.2″ squares:  four white

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




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a yellow or a brown square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This gives you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Make the Flying Dutchman quilt block

For the central area of the block, make a four patch unit using the yellow/brown half square triangles.  Place these so that the brown triangles are on the outside across one diagonal and the yellow triangles are on the outside in the other diagonal.

The brown triangles in the middle form a butterfly shape, as do the two yellow triangles.

Full layout

Full layout

For the outer frame of this block place a yellow/white half square triangle in each corner with the white on the outside to form the corners of the block.  Around two corners place a yellow/white half square triangle on each side.  Place white squares around the other two corners.  On each edge of the block there are one white square and one yellow/white half square triangle between the two corners.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Flying Dutchman quilt ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

Alternate blocks rotated

Alternate blocks rotated

I think that a more interesting design is obtained when some of the blocks are rotated.

I rather like the way the brown seems to form circles.

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Clown Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Clown quilt block

Clown quilt block

The clown quilt block portrays the pink and white type of design that I remember clowns wearing in my childhood.  These days they seem to wear bright jacket and trousers outfits, but this quilt block brought back some happy memories for me.

This block is classified as a five patch block and I have made it here as a 20″ square.

Cutting requirements for the clown quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  fourteen white

5.1/4″ squares:  six white, six pink




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 5.1/4″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a pink and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 4.7.8″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the pink and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangles

Make quarter square triangles

Make these into quarter square triangles

Now take two of the half square triangles and place them right sides together.  Make sure that the seam is running in the same direction in both these squares, and that the pink triangle is top left on the bottom square but the white triangle is top left on the top square.

Mark a line along the diagonal running from top right to bottom left.  This runs across the first seam line, not in line with it.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two quarter square triangle units which are now 4.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances and trim the two tips where fabric sticks out.

Clown quilt block layout

Clown quilt block layout

Make the clown quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in five rows of five.  Rows one and five are made with three quarter square triangle units and two white squares alternating across the row.  The egg timer shape lies vertically in the middle square but horizontally in the squares at each end of the row.

Rows two and four contain three squares and two quarter square triangles alternating across the row.  All the egg timer shapes lie vertically in these two rows.

Finally in row three, the middle row, there are four white squares with just the one quarter square triangle in the middle of the row.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the clown quilt block.

Basic clown quilt image

Basic clown quilt image

For the basic quilt suggestion, I have shown sixteen blocks laid out in four rows of four.  Quite an interesting quilt and there is definitely plenty of open space for some decorative quilting.

Quilt with some blocks rotated

Quilt with some blocks rotated

As an alternate quilt idea, I tried rotating some of the blocks.  This gives a very different quilt, and I can even see some pinwheels forming in four places within the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Cobwebs Quilt Block Pattern

Cobwebs quilt block

Cobwebs quilt block

The Cobwebs quilt block is an unusual but easy to make quilt block.  I’ve made it here as a 9″ square finished size.  Although I’ve used brown and yellow only here, this block would also be a useful one for using up scrap fabrics.

Cutting requirements for the cobwebs quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

3.7/8″ squares:  two white

4.1/4″ squares:  two brown, two yellow




Quarter square triangle layouts

Quarter square triangle layouts

Make the quarter square triangles

I’ve chosen to make the quarter square triangle units with individual triangles rather than making several at a time as I usually do.  Cut the 3.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal and cut the 4.1/4″ brown and yellow squares along both diagonals.  These are shown at the top of the photo.

For the corner blocks of the cobwebs quilt block, place one white triangle with a brown and a yellow triangle.  Sew the brown and yellow triangles together first and then sew this pairing to the white triangle.

Make the central block using two yellow and two brown triangles.  Place these so that the yellow triangles are top and bottom while the brown triangles are on the sides.  Sew the triangles into pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.

Completed units

Completed units

The completed units are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Trim the corners where fabric sticks out.  You need to make four of the corner units with a white triangle but just one of the central block with yellow and brown triangles only.

Cobwebs quilt block layout

Cobwebs quilt block layout

Assemble the cobwebs quilt block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.

Place the yellow/brown unit in the middle with a white square on each edge.  Lay the corner units in the remaining spaces with the white always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt design ideas

For the basic quilt I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I felt that the design of the block became lost in this design.

With added sashing

With added sashing

So for my next attempt I added sashing between the blocks.  I felt that this allowed the block design to show through.

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Nine Patch Plaid Quilt Block Pattern

Nine patch plaid quilt block

Nine patch plaid quilt block

The nine patch plaid quilt block is an extremely easy block.  It would work for a jelly roll quilt and it has also given me an idea for a quilt to match some curtains that I’m making.  I’ve made it here as an 18″ square finished size and there’s not a half square triangle to be seen!

It may look slightly lopsided, but that gives you a lot of scope for changing the design by rotating the blocks within a quilt.

Cutting requirements for the nine patch plaid quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight light blue, six white, four dark blue

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle:  one dark blue

18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle:  one dark blue




Block layout

Block layout

Make the 9 patch plaid quilt block

Begin the layout with a white square in the middle. Place a dark blue square on each edge of the central square and add a light blue square in each corner of this central section.

Above the central section lay a 9.1/2″ white rectangle with a light blue square on either side of it.  Repeat for the bottom row.  Place three white squares down each side.  Finally place the 15.1/2″ dark blue rectangle across the top of the block and the 18.1/2″ dark blue rectangle down the left hand side.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

The reason that I have used white rectangles across top and bottom but individual squares down the sides is purely for simplicity.  By doing it this way I can sew the squares across each row before sewing them all together.

The squares without the dark blue rectangles make a 25 patch block.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Finally sew the top dark blue rectangle to the block and then add the other dark blue rectangle to the left hand side.

Quilt suggestions

Basic quilt suggestion

Basic quilt suggestion

I have shown a quilt with the nine patch plaid block laid out in four rows of four with no rotations.  Quite a pretty block, but not terribly interesting.

Quilt design with rotations

Quilt design with rotations

Once you introduce rotations, though, you can transform the quilt design.  I think that this makes a far more interesting design.

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Darting Birds Quilt Block Pattern

Darting Birds quilt block

Darting Birds quilt block

The Darting Birds quilt block pattern is amazingly simple but makes a lovely quilt.  It just goes to show that quilt blocks don’t have to be complicated to be pretty.  I’ve made it here as a 9″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the darting birds quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  one light green, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  one light green, two dark green, three white




Make the half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white square right sides together with either a light green or a dark green square.  Mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the green fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make the darting birds quilt block

Darting birds quilt block layout

Darting birds quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  Place a light green/white half square triangle in the top left position with a light green square in the top right and a dark green/white half square triangle between them.

Make the second row with a dark green/white half square triangle at each end and a white square in the middle.

For the third row you’ll need a white square followed by a dark green/white half square triangle and then a light green/white half square triangle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the darting birds quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Darting Birds quilt suggestions

As a basic design, I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four blocks.  The block design does get rather lost in this design.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

For an alternative design, I’ve added an alternate block of a diamond in a square.  This block could be made with half square triangles made from 4.7/8″ squares.

Here’s the video:

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Beltane May Day Quilt Block Pattern

Beltane May Day quilt block

Beltane May Day quilt block

I designed the Beltane May Day quilt block as a celebration of today being the first day of May.  It’s got heaps of symbolism – or you could just regard it as a colourful scrappy quilt block!

I have made it as an 18″ square finished size using lots of different colours.

Cutting requirements for the Beltane May Day quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  seven white, four green, two purple, two lilac, one yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  three each in red and white, three each in blue and white, one each in blue and yellow, two each in purple and green, two each in lilac and green




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in all the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ square.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Please note that you will end up with one blue/white and one blue/yellow half square triangle surplus to requirements.  This is because the units are made in pairs but only an odd number of units is required of these two colour combinations.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Make the Beltane May Day quilt block

The central area of the block is floral, to represent summer flowers – you can tell I’ve been working in my garden over the weekend!

Place a four patch unit of purple and lilac in the middle.  Add a purple and a lilac half square triangle on each edge of the central four patch.  Lay them so that the green triangles together form larger green triangles pointing towards the middle.  Place a green square in each corner.

Full layout of the Beltane May Day quilt block

Full layout of the Beltane May Day quilt block

Now add the frame around this central area.  Across the top of the block lay five blue/white and one blue/yellow half square triangles.  Place these so that the blue triangles together form larger blue triangles pointing downwards.

The blue and white represent the sky and clouds while the yellow represents the sun.

Down the right hand side of the block lay one yellow and three white squares.

Across the bottom row place six red/white half square triangle units.  Lay them in pairs so that the red triangles together form larger red triangles pointing upwards.  These represent the fire used in the Beltane Fire Festival.  Finally lay four white squares up the left hand side of the Beltane May Day quilt block.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt design suggestions

The basic quilt I’ve shown here uses nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

Alternate design using rotations

Alternate design using rotations

As an alternative I rotated every other block and I was quite pleased with the way zig zag lines of red triangles began to form.

Here’s the video:

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Old Fashioned Quilt Block Pattern

Old Fashioned quilt block

Old Fashioned quilt block

The Old Fashioned Quilt Block may seem an odd title as you could be forgiven for thinking that most quilt blocks are old fashioned, but that really is its name.  It’s a five patch block and I have made it here as a 14″ square finished size.  The block has a lovely flowery feel to it.

Cutting requirements for the old fashioned quilt block

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and white, four each in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  eight red, nine blue, four white

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a red or a blue square.  Mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red or blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Layout for one corner

Layout for one corner

Make a corner of the block

Make the four corners of the block and then join these together with the white rectangles.

Each corner has a simple nine patch placement.  In the bottom right there is a four patch unit of red and blue squares with the blue squares following the diagonal from bottom right to top left.  The final square along that diagonal is a white square.  Place a blue/white half square triangle on either side of the white corner with the two blue triangles forming a butterfly shape across the corner.

In the remaining two spaces place red/white half square triangle units.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make four of these corner blocks.

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Assemble the old fashioned quilt block

Lay the corners out with a white rectangle between each pair of corners and a blue square in the middle.

You have three distinct rows now.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic quilt idea

Basic quilt idea

Quilt Ideas

For a basic quilt idea I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  This gives a very different quilt from what the individual blocks might suggest.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

In order to showcase the blocks better, I then tried using an alternate block made using red and blue half square triangles sewn using 7.7/8″ squares.  I felt that this preserved the design of the quilt block a bit better.

In this case I have used just nine blocks total – five of the old fashioned quilt block and four of the alternate block.

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California Chimney Quilt Block Pattern

California chimney quilt block

California chimney quilt block

The California Chimney quilt block is a delight – easy to make and using three different shades of blue with white.  It is classified as a five patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the California chimney quilt block

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four white, two medium blue

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in light blue and white, two each in light blue and dark blue, four each in light blue and medium blue




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the central section

Central section

Central section

I’m showing the central area first.  This is a more simple way of seeing the layout and all the half square triangles are used up in this section.

Place the four dark blue/light blue half square triangles in the middle.  Make sure that the dark blue triangles form a diamond in the middle of the block.

On each edge of this central area place two medium blue/light blue half square triangles.  Make sure that the medium blue triangles form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.  In each corner of this section place a light blue/white half square triangle with the white on the outside, forming the corner of the section.

Full layout

Full layout

California chimney quilt block full layout

For the full layout you now need to add just one more frame.  The top and bottom rows are made with a 6.1/2″ medium blue rectangle in the middle and a white rectangle on either side.

For the sides, place two medium blue squares in the middle of each edge with a white square on either side.

I have chosen to use rectangles in the top and bottom rows but pairs of squares down the sides purely to simplify the sewing.  This way it is straightforward now to sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic California chimney quilt

Basic California chimney quilt

California chimney quilt ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

With added green

With added green

As an alternate design I have simply added one green square in one corner of each block.  I was quite surprised at how much difference this made to the overall look of the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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