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.

Spinning Blades

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Spinning Blades quilt block is a great starter block. It is simple to construct and introduces you to the half square triangle patch (the most commonly used patch other than a square) and, my favourite patch, the flying geese unit.

This five patch block (so named because it is designed on a 5 x 5 grid) is constructed as an uneven nine patch.

Both of the sample quilts illustrated use an on point setting for the blocks, but you will notice that they are quite different. This is what makes quiltmaking such an interesting craft -- you can do such a variety of things with the same blocks to make a totally different quilt!