Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

Kansas dugout quilt block

Kansas dugout quilt block

The Kansas Dugout quilt block is one of the most simple examples of a design of block that can be made in many different ways, introducing loads of colours and quilt design opportunities.  I’ve made it here in green and white, the traditional colours for this block, but it would make a great scrappy quilt.  I’m planning on bringing you more options using different variations for the central diamond.  This one has been made as a 12″ square finished size.  It is classified as a four patch block.

Cutting requirements for the Kansas Dugout quilt block

2.5/8″ squares:  eight green, eight white

6.7/8″ squares:  two white

Begin with the small squares

Begin with the small squares

Making the Kansas Dugout quilt block

The central area of the block is simply sixteen squares sewn together in four rows of four.  Notice that the squares are not the usual 2.1/2″ – the sizes are slightly different because this whole section is turned on point.  The aim here was to create a finished size block that could easily be used with other alternate blocks.

So if you wanted to make this as a 14″ square,  use 3″ and 7.7/8″ squares.

For a 16″ square, use 3.3/8″ and 8.7/8″ squares.

Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.  Press.

Kansas dugout quilt block layout

Kansas dugout quilt block layout

Next cut the large white triangles across one diagonal to create two triangles from each square.  Lay one triangle on each edge of the central square.

First, sew the top and bottom triangles to the square, then press with the seam allowances away from the square.  Then you can sew the remaining two triangles to the square.  Apologies for the quality of the photos.

Sew two opposing triangles first

Sew two opposing triangles first

Notice that the triangle edge is longer than the edge of the square that it is being sewn to.  This is intentional.  You should have about 1/4″ of triangle sticking out at each end of the edge of the square.

The point of this is that you will have a small overlap between the triangles, meaning that you can keep the points of the edges of the square in your finished block.

Kansas dugout quilt image

Kansas dugout quilt image

Finally, for a quilt idea, I have just shown a simple layout of sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

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  1. Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” which is very true here.

  2. lyn young says:

    love this block–and even at my basic level can enjoy the variations—-many thanks Rose

  3. This is a different variation than the one I have bookmarked for my Kansas quilt I’m planning. I wonder how many variation of this block there are?
    Link to the variation I have bookmarked: http://www.quilterscache.com/K/KansasDugoutBlock.html

    • Hi Judy. There are often many different blocks going by the same name. Don’t forget that this one is called Kansas Dugout, not just Kansas.

  4. Hi Rose, I absolutely love this block, very striking. Now to figure out what color I have most of.
    Hope your enjoying your self. Don’t forget the pics.