Stitch a Card Trick Quilt Block

I LOVE the traditional Card Trick block! It is one of those blocks that looks rather complicated, but is really a breeze to stitch…as long as you sew the pieces together correctly!

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For the Card Trick block in my sampler quilt, I selected four bright, cheerful prints for the “tricky” center of the block, with a white-on-white print for the background.

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STEP 1 – LAY OUT YOUR FABRIC PIECES
The success of this block’s illusion is entirely dependent on sewing the right pieces together in the proper direction. After cutting your fabrics, lay them all out so that you can be sure to stitch each unit correctly.

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STEP 2 – STITCH THE HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES
The four corner patches of the block are simple half-square triangles. Bring the pieces to your sewing machine, chain piece them together then press the seams toward the darker fabric. After pressing, return the HSTs to the layout.

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STEP 3 – STITCH THE “QUARTER-SQUARE-HALF-SQUARE” TRIANGLES
I am certain that there is a name for this block, but for the life of me I can’t remember it, and I can’t find it anywhere! If you know the name, please let us know in the comments! These patches are done in two quick stages: first, stitch the quarter-square triangles together along the short sides to make a larger half-square triangle unit, pressing the seams toward the darker fabric; then stitch the half-square triangle units together to finish the patches. Return the patches to the layout.

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STEP 4 – STITCH THE QUARTER-SQUARE TRIANGLE
Another two stage patch. Sew the two pairs of QSTs together along the short sides to make larger HSTs, pressing the seams in opposite directions so they’ll nest together. Then sew the HSTs together and press the seam open to reduce bulk. Return the QST to the center of the layout to make sure all your fabrics are still matching up correctly.

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STEP 5 – STITCH THE PATCHES INTO ROWS, STITCH THE ROWS INTO A BLOCK
Depending on how careful you are cutting and piecing, you may choose to trim/square up your patches before sewing your rows together.
Once your patches are ready to sew together, the block goes together just like any other nine-patch block would: stitch the three patches in each row together; then stitch the rows together, being careful to match the seams.

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Ta da! A finished Card Trick block!

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