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.

Sandy Dunes

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Sandy Dunes quilt block is an easy block using only squares and (my favourite) flying geese units. The block is sewn as an uneven nine patch, rather than in five rows, even though it is a five patch block. (This is my preference, but you can certainly sew it in rows if you like.)

I played around with the block when making the sample quilt illustrations. As you can see, one is set on point and the other is a simple straight set with sashing. By changing up the sashing colours there is a visual secondary pattern forming a sort of "staircase" effect. Then adding extra blank blocks to the quilt on point gives a different geometric look to that quilt. What can you come up with?

More Sun and Surf blocks
~ By the Sea
~ Lady of the Lake
~ Little Boat