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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  1. The second quilt example is so attractive and different! I imagine one could cut out larger sections to get the same effect on a bigger quilt. Once again, your choice of fabric combinations works beautifully. This is one of my favorites..

  2. Dear Rose – another pattern that I shall have to have a go at. I love the colours as they seem to be so happy and remind me of sunshine and summer. I must admit to preferring the second quilt example as it seems less busy than the fist one and shows off the blocks to better advantage. But that is only my thought. I’m off now to search through my stash to see if I’ve got the necessary bits needed.
    all best and take care Janny

    • Hi Janny. Like you, I also prefer the second quilt design option. The pretty design of the block seems to get lost in the first option.