If one starts to think about how many quilt blocks there are, it boggles the mind! And for every traditional block, there are countless variations. For a beginner quilter, it can be quite daunting. Here is an infographic that helps newbies with diagrams and cutting instructions for 12 popular patchwork quilt blocks that provide practice and skill building. Pin it, bookmark it, print it out!
In 2016, Landauer Publishing’s photographer, Sue Voegtlin, started work on a block library which eventually became the basis of her book, Block Genius. The genius of the book is how she researched hundreds of quilt blocks, piecing 201 of them while writing instructions and creating diagrams. She also worked out the math needed for three different sizes.
One thing that Sue makes clear is that every block, no matter how simple or complicated, requires essential skills: accurate cutting, good quarter inch seams, pressing. And it is possible to break down blocks into simple techniques like half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, flying geese, partial seams, square-in-a-square, parallel seams, and so on.
That’s why we have created this infographic! These twelve blocks are great for beginners to practice skills and techniques. Sue recommends newbies start with 2×2 grid blocks like these because the components are larger. Master these blocks, and beginners can move on to more complicated piecing.
And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a link to a FREE traditional sampler quilt pattern that you can use to showcase your classic patchwork quilt blocks!
At a glance, you’ll be able to find diagrams and cutting instructions in multiple sizes for 12 different patchwork quilt blocks, each one providing practice in important skills and techniques:
- Four Patch Variation
- Two by Two
- Linoleum Patch
- Broken Dishes
- Homeward Bound
- Carmen’s Block
- Hidden Square
- Slanted Diamonds
- Goday Design
- Big Dipper
- Forward and Back
- Louisiana Pinwheel
Click here to view the full image. (To save the image to your computer, on a PC right-click and select “Save Link As”, on a Mac use ctrl+click “Save Linked File As”…)
Click here to download a printable PDF: 12 Easy Quilt Blocks for Beginners
Find diagrams for many more blocks in the book Block Genius, available online at landauerpub.com
Bonus FREE Patchwork Quilt Block Sampler Quilt Pattern –
Get a free pattern for a 12 block sampler quilt – perfect to fill with your 12 Classic blocks or swap blocks with friends! Get it on our free quilt projects page at landauerpub.com: Click here for a FREE sampler quilt pattern.
Would you like to see more of these infographics? What is your favorite quilt block? Let us know in the comments below!