5-Inch Quilt Block Patterns

...make the blocks you want to make!

by Julie Baird

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These 5-inch quilt block patterns finish at 5-inches with an unfinished measurement of 5-1/2".

That means those 5-inch charm squares you've got stashed will not work as alternate squares. To use them that way, you'll need to check out our 4 1/2" quilt block patterns page. :)

On this page you'll find:

  • The complete list of all the 5-inch finished quilt block patterns shared on this website, sorted by grid size and then listed alphabetically—each is a clickable link to its tutorial

Grids used for our 5-inch quilt block patterns

All of the block patterns presented one can be drawn on one of the four grids below.

Think of a grid like graph paper. 

After drafting your block on a grid, assign different measurements to change the block size, i.e. one square equals 1" or one square equals 1-1/2", etc.

To see this in action, simply look at the bottom of any cutting charts in any tutorial. There you'll see the size assigned that's assigned to a grid square and the resulting finished block size.

2x2 grid2x2
4x4 grid4x4
5x5 grid5x5
10x10 grid10x10

Our 5-Inch Quilt Block Patterns



Now wait just a cotton-picking' minute! 5-inch finished quilt block patterns drawn on a 4x4 grid?


Yep. I, too, had a momentary WTH-moment as I pulled block patterns for this section. 

But remember, we're looking for rotary-cutter friendly measurements. That means anything that's a whole inch or ends in 1/4", 1/2" or 3/4". 

5" ÷ 4 grid units = 1-1/4"

For this section each grid square is 1-1/4". :)

So yes, it is indeed possible to have a 5 inch finished block whose design is drawn on a 4x4 grid!

Buckeye Beauty quilt block tutorial



The right size tools for the right size block

Use this 5-1/2" square Creative Grids ruler to square up all your 5-inch finished quilt blocks with ease.

Creative Grids rulers have the little grippy dots on the back side that slide across your fabric until you press down to cut. There are grippy edges, too. 1/4" on two sides, 1/2" on the other two sides. (The grippers show up rather gray in the photo above.)

For accurate measuring, remember to position the 1" markings in the upper corner (farthest away from you as you cut) of your dominant hand. If you're a rightie, that means the 1"s are in the upper right corner, if you're a leftie, in the upper left. :)

Pair this ruler with either a smaller mat (12"x18") or a rotating one (either 12" or 17" square) and you have the best of all trimming worlds—a ruler exactly the size you need and a turnable mat so you don't disturb the block as you're trimming. 


The Go! 5-1/2" square die (5" finished, shown right here), #55803 is perfect for mass cutting 5-1/2" alternate squares to insert between your 5 inch finished quilt blocks.

The beauty of using an alternate square layout is that you need to piece half the blocks plus one.

That saves A LOT of sewing time!

If you choose to use these solid squares, remember to design a quilt with odd numbers of blocks in both the rows and columns in order for the design to be symmetrical. Your quilt will have either all pieced blocks in the corners or all solid cut squares.

Your choice!

How many 5-inch quilt blocks do I need to make a ____- size quilt?

You've decided on your quilt block and now you're ready to make a quilt.

It's important that it fits your bed the way you envision it.

There are downloadable charts on this website already for each bed size with blocks with finished sizes from 1-1/2" to 12" in 1/2" increments. You can find those downloads (by bed type) here.

I thought it'd ALSO be helpful to have a single chart (below) for 5-inch quilt block patterns that includes all the bed sizes.

'How many 5 inch quilt blocks' chart to downloadA snapshot of the downloadable 'How many blocks do I need?' chart. Use the link below to download and print your own copy.

Click here for your free downloadable copy. (There's room to 3-hole punch it, too.)

You'll see that it is colored green and labeled for 5-inch blocks so you won't confuse it with the charts sorted by bed size.


Share your work to inspire other Quilters!

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:

Please share your creations on social media with the hashtag #GenerationsQuiltPatterns. Thank you!
  • On Instagram please tag your blocks and quilts with the hashtag #GenerationsQuiltPatterns.
  • Visit our Show n'Tell page on the website. Click here to share photos and tell your own story, just start typing at 'The name of your quilt is...'. If you'd prefer to submit more photos than the form allows, simply email them to me at julie@generations-quilt-patterns.com.

I love seeing your work!

Our readers do, too!

For even more blocks to make...

Click here to learn about my favorite quilt book resources that inspire my patchwork designs.

For you, are quilt block patterns like potato chips...

...you can't have just one?!!

Check the amazing resources I rely on for the majority of the quilt block designs you see on this website. 

To see if they're worthy of spot in YOUR quilting library, CLICK HERE.

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