5 Easy Quilt Blocks Made from Strips


Below are 5 different block designs using simply strips of fabric. Each block is simple to make. Just sew strips together, cut them off to the correct length, and then sew them together as patches to make the block.

Each block is defined as a four-patch, five-patch, or nine-patch, and the widths of the strips to sew and square patches to cut are written below the block.

country charm quilt block    
This Country Charm quilt block is a 5 patch.
Sew five 1 1/2 inch strips (including seam allowances) together. Then cut them into 5 1/2 inch squares (including the seam allowances). Sew the patches into blocks rotating the direction of the stips as shown.
rail fence quilt block
This Rail Fence quilt block is considered a 5 patch (although that designation escapes me, since there are 7 strips in each patch). To make this block, sew seven 1 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) strips together. Cut them into 7 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) squares, and then sew the patches into the block shown above.
london stairs quilt block
This London Stairs quilt block is a 4 patch. To make this block, sew two 2 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) strips together. Cut them into 4 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) squares, and then sew the patches into the block shown above.
roman square    roman stripe quilt block
These blocks are both 9 patch quilt blocks. On the left is Roman Square, and on the right is Roman Stripe. To make these blocks, sew three 1 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) strips together. Cut them into 3 1/2 inch (including seam allowances) squares, and then sew the patches into the blocks as shown above.

By Penny Halgren of http://www.How-To-Quilt.com

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