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.

Z Cross

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Z Cross is the perfect block for a beginner quilter. It is made entirely of the most commonly used patches -- squares and half square triangles.

Although this quilt block is technically a five patch (meaning it is created on a 5 x 5 grid), I found it easier to construct it as an uneven nine patch. However, please do not hesitate to construct it in rows, if that is your preference.

I am always amazed when what appears to be a very ordinary block can create such an interesting secondary pattern when placed in the quilt. (Note how pinwheels appear when you place the blocks next to each other.) Needless to say I was really pleased with the resultant quilts I came up with while playing around with the layouts. Check out the sample quilts illustrated below.