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.

Star and Octagon

Free Quilt Block Pattern

This quilt block called Star and Octagon was designed in the 1930s -- or at least as far as my research would indicate. It is a simple to sew five patch block featuring the two most basic quilt patches -- the square and the half square triangle.

If you are a regular visitor to this website, you will notice that I tend to construct five patch blocks as an uneven nine patch rather than as five rows of five patches. This is simply a personal choice as I find it is easier to sew, but please feel free to use whatever method you prefer.

I enjoyed designing quilts for this block -- mostly because one often thinks that simple blocks can be boring. As you can see from the sample quilts illustrated, you can make some very attractive quilts just by adding some optional sashing strips and/or extra blank blocks to showcase your quilting skills. The designs you can come up with are endless, so let's get started!