Updated June 26, 2017
In our free Quilt Block Patterns library (click to skip straight to the blocks) you'll find illustrated directions for cutting and piecing your favorite patchwork block...and not just images, but pictures of the actual block during construction!
For the beginning quilter, there are loads of pictures each step of the way and helpful tips for making more accurate blocks.
If you've been quilting awhile, the cutting instructions, technique advice and any downloads may be all you need.
For even more block designs, I've also included links to some of my favorite quilt block pattern books available from Amazon.
The patterns on this site are for your personal use only. If you are a guild member
and would like to include block instructions in your guild newsletter,
please contact me with your request.
You SHOULDN'T HAVE TO buy a specialty ruler or tool to make a single block. That just doesn't make sense, or cents for that matter either!
Each block in this library is constructed with only the most common tools found in nearly every quilter's studio.
...if there's a great tool or ruler out there that streamlines the construction process for making many blocks AND I can recommend and vouch for it, that information will be listed, too.
If templates for unusual shapes or paper pieced patterns are needed, they are available as free downloads, printable on your home computer right from the instruction page.
To make things as easy as possible:
Click on any image below to go directly to the instructions for that block and get started!
There's more quilt block patterns out there than I have instructions on this site (though I'm trying!). You may find these resources to be of interest.
Maggie Malone's 5500 Quilt Block Designs is my favorite!
Throughout the Free Quilt Block Patterns Library are quilting templates and paper pieced blocks and units to print.
You'll need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and print any of the patterns. You can get it here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).
If you want to open the file in your browser window,
just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to
view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or
"Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.
In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option. Patterns are designed to be printed on letter size paper (8½" x 11").
In order to print blocks at the correct size, under 'Page Sizing and Handling' in the Adobe print menu, set 'Custom Scale' to 100%. Click here to see what it looks like on the Print Menu page.
If you use something other than Adobe, you'll need to set 'Page Scaling' to 'None' to print at '100%'. Selecting at 'Actual Size' tends to print blocks at weird sizes. ( I don't know why, it just does. )
After printing one block, measure it to see that it printed correctly, then print any remaining copies.
For step-by-step illustrated instructions through the download process, click here.
...to help you make flatter, more accurate blocks: