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The Propeller Quilting Block


the propeller quilt block 5 patch block


The Propeller Quilt Block is a 5-patch quilt block.  It is very frugal, simple block to make in all sizes. 


the grid lines of the 5-patch propeller quilt blockLooking at the grid lines, you can see that there are 5 patches across, and 5 patches down. 


As you can see, there are 8 half square triangles in this block, and 17 squares.



If you plan for each grid to finish at 3-inches, the block will finish at 15 inches.  If you plan the patches to finish at 2 inches, it will finish at 10 inches. 


the propeller quilt block 5 patch block

the Goose in the Pond 5-Patch Quilt Block

The Wishing Ring 5-patch quilt block


It is very common for 5-patch blocks to finish at 15 inches, as does the Goose in the Pond Block and the Wishing Ring Block pictured above.   Since there are fewer 5-patch patterns for blocks, I have taken advantage of the 5 patches to make the Wishing Ring in 3-inch grids so it could potentially be put with other 5-patch blocks.

It is hard to use simple measurements when you are breaking up the grid on a 5-patch unless you are just using squares or half square triangles.  As you can see from looking at the Goose in the Pond block, those small 9-patch blocks are a lot easier to cut making 3-inch patches than they would be with 2-inch patches.


You can make a quilt very fast using 5-patch blocks.  They are great for beginning quilters.




Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"

any size

Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68x 52-78
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108

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