CARD TRICK QUILT BLOCK PATTERN



Card trick quilt block

Card trick quilt block

 

Whenever anyone mentions giving depth to quilts, I always think of the card trick quilt block.  This is such an easy way to trick the eye into thinking that those cards are overlapping each other.  In fact, it is just a series of half square and quarter square triangles and the secret is of course in the colour placement.  This is a nine patch quilt block and the patches are sewn together in three rows of three.

 Cutting requirements

Squares cut along one or both diagonals

Squares cut along one or both diagonals

You will need one fabric for the background and four fabrics for the cards.  In the four card fabrics you will need one 4.1/2″ square cut once along the diagonal to make two triangles and you will need one 4.7/8″ square cut across both diagonals to make four triangles.

In the background fabric you will need two 4.1/2″ squares cut once along the diagonal and one 4.7/8″ square cut into quarters.  This is actually quite a good quilt block for using fabric scraps as you need such a small quantity of each fabric and you can use different colours in each card trick quilt block if you make several of them.

Make the card trick quilt block

Sew the half square triangles together

Sew the half square triangles together

Sew the quarter square triangles together

Sew the quarter square triangles together

Sew one background half square triangle to one coloured half square triangle and repeat with three other fabrics.

Sew one background quarter square triangle to each of the coloured quarter square triangles and then sew one green and yellow triangle together and one pink and brown triangle together.  It’s important to get the triangles on the correct side of each other, so do check the photo before sewing.

The first row of the card trick block

The first row of the card trick block

 

The first row of patches for the card square quilt block is shown on the right:  one pink/white half square triangle unit, one brown half square triangle with a pink/white quarter square triangle unit and one brown/white half square triangle units.  Sew the two parts of the middle square together and then sew the squares together across the row.

 

The second row of the card trick quilt block

The second row of the card trick quilt block

 

The second row is made of three squares as shown.  Sew together the two parts of each square and then sew the three squares together.

 

 

The third row of the card trick quilt block

The third row of the card trick quilt block

Sew the rows together to complete the quilt block

Sew the rows together to complete the card trick quilt block

 

The third row of the card trick quilt block is as shown.  Sew the three squares together and then sew the three rows together to make an eyecatching card trick quilt block.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi, and thanks for the tutorial! Just one question- how big is this single block (at the end of your tutorial, before being sewn to another block)? Sorry, I am new to quilting. 🙂

    • Hi Randi. Good question. I can’t think why I didn’t put that measurement in the tutorial. The quilt block would be 8.1/4″ square before you sew it to another block, giving you a 7.3/4″ finished size when it is sewn in to a quilt. Hope that helps.

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