- Beginner Quilt Blocks
Master These 10 Basic, Beginner Quilt Block Patterns and Units...
...and you CAN confidently piece anything!
This handful of quilt block patterns forms the basis for probably 95% of all the pieced quilt blocks you'll ever make.
you can piece them accurately, your finished quilt blocks are going to
be a dream to work with.
No more tweaking 'cause it's off just a wee
All can be rotary cut and traditionally pieced. Some have quick piecing techniques. Still others are easily paper pieced. Even a few use specialty rulers for all you gadget-gals!
Each technique includes a list of pros and cons to help you choose the best one for your next quilting project.
Choose the quilt block patterns from the list:
Each quilt block patterns page has cutting charts for several sizes, free, downloadable paper piecing patterns and/or templates—if applicable—tips for easier piecing and instructions for cutting with directional fabrics.
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Top Tips for Perfect Patchwork
As you begin these simple quilt block patterns, here are my top tips for better pieced results.
- Slow down. Resist the temptation to stitch as fast as you can. You have more control at slower speeds. More control means less ripping.
- Cut accurately. Make sure to cut exactly next to the ruler for accurately sized patches.
- Starch your fabric. Yes, I know it's an extra step. But you cut, stitch and press all more accurately with starched fabrics. (Just remember to wash the starch out at the end of your project.) You can learn more about starching here.
- Practice. There is nothing like practice to build confidence. Once you've built your confidence, you can do ANYTHING.
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The Building Blocks
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Rail Fence Quilt Block
This easy quilt block pattern is simply strips of fabric sewn together into strip sets. These strip sets are, in turn, sub-cut into blocks.
The technique for this block is frequently used in the construction of both four- and nine-patch quilt blocks.
Once you've mastered the sewing test for your seam allowance setting, you're ready for the Rail Fence!
#1: Strip Piecing
#2: Traditional Piecing
Half Square Triangles (HST)
Made from right angle or 90° triangles; the bias edge is the long one opposite the 90° angle. The two short edges are on the straight of grain.
These units can be pieced in a multitude of ways.
It also makes a good alternate block to reduce the total amount of piecing in your quilt designs.
Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
Another 90° right triangle.
This time the outside long edge opposite the right or 90° angle in the center is on the straight of grain. The short edges are on the bias.
This block can be pieced with two, three or four fabrics for lots of versatility.
#1: Rotary Cut Patches
#2: Sandwich or Quick Piecing Method
#3: Quarter Square Triangle Ruler
#4: 3-Patch Quarter Square Triangles
Half Rectangle Triangles
A kissin' cousin of the HST, the half rectangle is a unit twice as tall as it is wide.
It gets tricky to make because if you think the seam line goes through the opposite diagonal corners' edges, you'd be wrong.
Starching the fabric before cutting is essential (in my humble opinion) for accurate patches that are easy to piece into your quilt patterns.
#1: Split Rects Ruler
A common unit within blocks or a block in its own right, the Four Patch adds directional movement to your quilt design.
A perfect block for beginners to hone their seam allowance accuracy.
#1: Rotary cut patches
#2: Strip piecing
Used most often as units within a block or for sashing and borders, Flying Geese add movement to a patchwork design.
Square in a Square
Whether its set edge to edge in a simple design layout or part of another design, the Square in a Square is a fabulous place to show off a focus fabric or machine embroidery.
Also known as the Diamond in a Square block.
#1: Connector Corners (AKA Stitch and Flip or Folded Corners)
#2: Paper Piecing
#3: Rotary Cut Patches
Triangle in a Square (TiaS)
A triangle in a square unit in quilting is a classic block made up of three elongated triangles with sharp angles. It has a reputation for being hard to piece.
But with a little practice and a technique you feel confident in, you'll be making these lovelies like nobody's business in no time at all.
While not as common as the other units, this one shows up time and again within blocks.
Used alternately with block with HSTs on their outside edge, it forms the optical illusion of curves.
#1: Paper Piecing
#2: TriRecs Rulers
#3: V Ruler by Studio 180 Designs
Another not-quite-so-common block. The design is formed by a square patch divided into three triangles by a 22° angle starting from a single corner point. Both sides of the two internal seams are bias edges.
Starching your fabric is a must in my opinion, regardless of the technique you choose to make this block. It adds needed stability to the fabric as you stitch the narrow point of fabric.
#1: Corner Beam Quilting Ruler
For even more blocks to make...
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, read about them HERE.
NOTE: All the attribution and alternate names shared in the Free Quilt Block Patterns Library came from these four resources.
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