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Frugal Quilting Basics

Blocks

 

Basic Building Blocks

 

a basic 4 patch quilt block

 

Squares and Rectangles

Squares and Rectangles
The Simple 4-Patch
Squares in the Corners

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Cutting a Single Triangle
Half Square Triangles
Quarter Square Triangles
Split Quarter Square Triangles

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the snowball quilting block

 

Beginning Blocks

The Pinwheel
Flying Geese
Spools
Shoofly
Snowball

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goose in the pond quilt block

 

Stars

Friendship Star
Sawtooth Star
Ohio Star

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the goose chase quilt block

 

Quilting Favorites

Churn Dash
Flower Basket
Log Cabin
Maple Leaf

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Novelty Blocks

Hearts
Jars - Food, Bugs, etc.

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Quilting Patchwork and Grids

the grids of a 4 patch quilting block

Understanding patchwork grids is important for a quilter.  Quilt blocks are usually  4, 9, 5 and 7  patches.  Quilt blocks based on the same number of grids give harmony to a quilt, and are pleasing to the eye.

Grids can be further divided into smaller sections for more intricate designs.  However, the more pieces, the harder the quilt.  Frugal quilters usually just make minor changes to the sections of the grid.

Not every quilt block has a grid.  A big square with a circle in the center of it does not have a grid.  Most patchwork, however, is based on grids.

the 9 patch quilting grid the grid lines of the 3 patch friendship star blockThe most popular quilting grid is the 9 patch.  The friendship star quilting block is an example of a quilting block that uses a 9 patch grid.  It is easy to see the grids on this simple block.

 

the 4 patch quilting grid

This is the 4 patch quilting grid.  It is the grid used for the basic 4-patch quilting block, as pictured at the top of the page.

You could not achieve the friendship star quilting block with a 4 patch. You need 9 sections.  Other designs require other numbers of grids.

When you are planning your quilt, you want it to flow harmoniously.  This is achieve by using the patches with the same grid. 

Here is a quilt designed with 4 patch grids, using the 4 patch block and the snowball block. This is how your quilt would look. Can you see the harmony in the quilt?  There is nothing jarring to the eye.  Your eye just floats over the whole design.

 

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

snowball quilt block in 4 patch grid

You cannot use simple measurements when mixing grids.  If you are planning on each grid finishing at 2 inches, a 4 patch will finish at 4 1/4 inches raw, and a 9 patch at 6 1/2 inches raw. You can mix blocks with different grids in a quilt, but you must size them so that they are the same.  Some blocks mix well.  Others have too many horizontal or vertical lines that jar with nearby blocks.  Sometimes you can get around this with sashing or using a lot of white around the blocks.

Here is another way to make the above design, with a 9 patch friendship star replacing the 4 patch snowball.  The snowball is an easy block to make, and would not be hard to make smaller to fit the size of the 4 patch.  Or you could do it the other way and make the 4 patch larger.

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

the friendship star in a quilting grid

Repetition, as well as harmony,  is an important design element.  Even though the design is simple, the repetition of the pattern is what makes the above layout look pleasing.

 

the grid of the union square quilt blockWhen you analyze the grid on a quilt block, sometimes a quilt block will take up more than one grid area. The quilting block to the left is a 4 patch.  The center block takes up part of each of the 4 grids.

Sometimes blocks are further divided into smaller sections.  For instance, a 4 square could be divided into 16 grids.  Again, quilt blocks with lots of grids are more complex.  Frugal quilters usually use simpler grids.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"
Wallhanging

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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