BLOCKS by SIZE 5" Quilt Blocks

For those quilters wanting a little more of a challenge, five inch quilt blocks might be the answer -- smaller blocks usually means more blocks to make. Another reason for using five inch blocks is to create a secondary pattern. By using 4 blocks and rotating each of them, you get a different larger quilt block. These larger blocks can then be laid out in variety of ways to make some very interesting original designs.

Flying Square

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Flying Square quilt block could not be an easier choice for a new quiltmaker, or as a tool for those quilting teachers looking for something new to use in their repertoire of blocks.

This five patch design is constructed entirely using only squares. You, as the quiltmaker, have the option to sew these square patches as five rows of five, but my perferred method, as shown in the quilt block pattern, is to sew it as an uneven nine patch, since I believe it is easier to work with "chunks" rather than individual rows. However, you choose what is the favourite method for yourself.

I noticed right away, that this block gives the look of a plaid or tartan, and so I chose colours of one of the many tartans for my family name. Mine is following one the Johnson samples, but who knew there would be so many for each clan? Check out the resultant quilts on the following page.