Tennessee quilt block

Tennessee quilt block

There are so many quilt blocks named after American states that I am trying to make as many of them as I can and the Tennessee quilt block is the next in my quest.  This one is the Nancy Page version and it’s a lovely simple quilt block.  I have made it 12″ square using three different colours.

Cutting requirements

two 4.1/2″ light brown squares and one 4.1/2″ dark brown square

three 4.7/8″ squares in both white and dark brown, one 4.7/8″ square in light brown

Making the Tennessee quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles


The half square triangle units are made by placing two 4.7/8″ squares with right sides together, marking a line along the diagonal and sewing a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cutting along the line produces two half square triangle units.  To make the Tennessee quilt block you will need one half square triangle unit in light brown/white and five in dark brown/white.


Tennessee quilt block layout

Tennessee quilt block layout


Lay the patchwork squares out in three rows of three and sew them together first in rows.  Then sew the rows together.  The Tennessee quilt block is a really simple block which makes a lovely fresh looking quilt.  In this version it is also known as the Jack and Six quilt block.



Old Maid's Puzzle quilt block

Old Maid’s puzzle quilt block


The interesting thing about the Tennessee quilt block is that it can be made using the same construction but in different colours and then it becomes a number of other quilt blocks:  Old Maid’s Puzzle, Double X, Jacks on Six and Kindergarten Block to name a few.



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