12 inch quilt block patterns are perfect for the beginning quilter!
And, they're perfectly sized to showcase machine embroidery whose standard stitch-out size is 4" square, too!
There's so much design variety!
12" is evenly divisible by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 which gives you six different grid sizes—6-, 4-, 3-, 2-, 1-1/2- and 1 inch respectively—to design with.
That's a whole lotta design potential.
Moreover, these sizes are ALL rotary cutter friendly. You needn't resort to using templates to make them!
On this page you'll find:
The patchwork designs below are sorted first by grid units per side and then alphabetically.
A grid is pretty much the graph paper on which we draft our designs.
Grid size is the value we assign to each square (i.e. 1", 1-1/2", 2", etc.).
Grid units are the squares in each row and column.
Finished size is the product of grid units x size, i.e. 6 units x 2" equals a block that finishes at 12" square'.
No rectangular block is shared in this collection.
All but one are pieced on a sewing machine with all rotary cutter friendly measurements (1/8"s, 1/4"s, 1/2"s and whole numbers).
All of the blocks' unfinished size—from cut edge to cut edge—is 12-1/2" square.
There's always an exception, isn't there??!!!
Out of all the 12 inch quilt block patterns shared here, the Carolina Lily is the only one whose patches are cut completely with templates (which are free and downloadable, of course).
It's probably a better candidate for hand piecing than machine piecing.
It is also the only one without a tutorial.
It was created as the result of a reader request for templates. It simply hasn't come to the top of the list to write a tutorial for yet. Hand piecing isn't really my thing.
The rest are all rotary cutter friendly.
With more than seventy 12 inch finished patterns to choose from, it's time to cut up and sew!
Click here to see the different sortings of blocks by size available to you as well as an alphabetical listing of all the block tutorials on this website.
And finally, if you're looking for the basic building blocks of quilting, i.e. Flying Geese, half square triangles, quarter square triangles, etc., along with several techniques to make each, click here.
If you gravitate towards 12 inch finished blocks, consider adding a 12-1/2 inch square ruler to your collection.
That way you can position the it once and just turn the mat to do the final squaring up.
My favorite one for this job is the 12-1/2" ruler by Quilter's Select.
There's a 'grippy' yellowish film on the back side that keeps the ruler from slipping.
Yes, they come in many different sizes—not just 12-1/2"—and are my go-to rulers for all my trimming needs.
For trimming 'units'—those repeating, standard parts of blocks—to the correct size before piecing them together into a block, have you tried Bloc Loc rulers?
They are engineered with a 'well' in the back of the ruler just big enough to hold a 1/4" seam allowance. This helps quickly position the ruler in the right spot.
It literally grabs the seam allowance for stability and accuracy as you cut. Sweet!
A big help for all us 'sew it bigger, trim to perfection' quilters like myself.
These specialty rulers are rather pricey though.
Thankfully, Green Fairy Quilts sometimes runs specials for as much as 30% off. Click here to go to Green Fairy, then click 'Notions & Tools' in the lefthand column, and then 'Rulers, Templates & Mats' to check what their current pricing is.
They carry Bloc Loc Rulers engineered for:
The right tool for the job makes for more accurate cutting and speeds up the process.
There's no good reason for something to take longer than it should. :)
On each tutorial is a blue button labelled, 'If you need help printing this page CLICK HERE'.
If you'd like to print the block tutorial click it for instructions using the PrintFriendly.com website. It allows you the freedom to choose which parts of the tutorial you need to have and which you can omit.
It's your ink and your paper.
It's not for me to choose how you spend it...and these are complete, step-by-step, illustrated tutorials. They can be very long to print and suck up a bunch of ink.
If the tutorial includes paper piecing or the use of templates, those downloads are free for your own personal use. You are welcome to print as many as you like.
Just be sure to check that your printer is set up to print at the correct size ('100%' or 'Actual Size' usually does it in the Print Menu.)
There are printing instructions specific to each tutorial on each page.
If you use our tutorials to make your blocks and quilts, there are some easy ways to share your creations so other quilters (including me!) can enjoy the fruits of your labor:
I love seeing your work!
Our readers do, too!