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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.
Handy Andy - Variation
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Handy Andy quilt block is a nice introduction to the half square triangle patch, probably the most commonly used patch in quilt blocks (after the square, of course). This block is frequently made as a 10" block because the math works out nicely. However, I have included instructions for several different sized blocks as well.
Though this block is technically a five patch, the units are sewn together in rows of three sections, as an uneven nine patch, so named as the three rows are not all the same measurements. (This is my personal preference as I find it easier to sew blocks together in "chunks" rather than in a row-by-row fashion.)
The sample quilts illustrated on the next page show how you can simply turn this easy quilt block into a really stunning quilt.