As a general rule, an intermediate block is rarely more difficult to make -- it just contains more pieces and therefore more seams. This is the reason that it is important that you can sew an accurate quarter inch seam allowance. Once you have mastered a precise seam allowance, you will have no difficulty in sewing the majority of quilt blocks.
Around the Block
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Around the Block quilt block looks pretty simple on the surface, but a little extra care must be taken when cutting the pieces. Some of the square patches are a little trickier to cut as their measurements often fall in between the increments on standard rulers.
Tip - When cutting a piece that requires measurements in the 16ths of inches, just set your ruler halfway between the lines marking 8ths of inches.
Having said all that, this quilt block is fun to make since it uses some of the patches not found as frequently, such as the square in the square. This is where you can have some fun.
Using colours such as I have used in the sample illustrations, shows you that many quilts can be designed for men's tastes. Choose those dark fabrics and more muted tones and your man will be delighted in the final product.