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.

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  1. Barbara Grossman says:

    Hello Mr. ROSE
    I how all is well with you.
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your great country. Hopefully those dastardly deeds against you and your brave countrymen will be stopped.
    TH. USA

  2. Ugh! Clowns always creeped me out – but there’s nothing remotely creepy about this attractive quilt block. Both the basic and the alternative versions are excellent! They’d enhance any room beautifully.

  3. Interesting. I see stars of David framed by hourglasses.

    • Hi Judy. That’s an interesting thought. I was so taken up with thoughts of clowns that I didn’t get beyond that!