American Quilting Traditions: 11 Free Quilt Designs, Quilt Blocks, and More Americana
Quilt Block Library
With so many quilt blocks available, we thought this directory of free block patterns would help you choose a new project!
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Looking for free quilt blocks but not sure where to start? Then you need this Quilt Block Library! We have compiled 24 of the most common and popular quilt blocks and will continue to add more.
With this directory, you can see the quilt block names, what they look like, a description, and some examples. Then you can click to see the library for that type of quilt block. It's there that you will find dozens, sometimes hundreds, of free quilt blocks. This block library is essential for planning your next quilt block.
You will see the modern and traditional quilt blocks available and some even have video tutorials to help you learn more. With a library like this, you will be coming back daily to see what else you can make!
Nine patch quilt blocks are traditionally made with three rows and three columns of three squares, resulting in nine total. Create multiples of 9 for a full quilt. Watch our nine patch video tutorial.
Get a little fancy with your quilt blocks by making bow ties. There are variations for the bow tie shape which can consist of two triangles or a combination of triangles and squares. Super easy block!
There are many variations for star blocks but, traditionally, it's a 6-pointed star centered on the block. No matter which style, it's going to be a pretty design. Watch our star block video tutorial.
Dresden plates are circular shapes created by piecing together either strips or blocks and triangles of various sizes. It is a beautiful pattern every time, especially when using complementary colors.
The rail fence block pattern and its variations are sure to keep your eyes moving. The blocks are a combination of strips and the design possibilities are endless. Watch our rail fence video tutorial.
Gorgeous cathedral windows were the inspiration for this quilt block pattern. Like with most blocks, there are variations involving cathedral blocks, including modern twists on the traditional style.
One of the most popular traditional (and easy) block patterns, the flying geese design is rather simple. It's two triangles set up to look like geese in the sky. Watch our flying geese video tutorial.
One look at this quilt block and you will see why it is named after a bear paw. The clever placement of a square and four triangles turn the shapes into a paw. Watch our bear paw block video tutorial.
Pinwheel blocks are often half square triangles arranged to create the appearance of a pinwheel but other shapes can be used as well. Sometimes it's a simple pinwheel and other times a complex design.
If you're looking for a quilt block with texture and the potential for lots of color, a pineapple block pattern might be just what you're looking for. Overlayed strips in spirals make this one unique.
Half square triangles, also known as HSTs, are made by cutting a square in half. Use these triangle pieces to make all sorts of designs, like pinwheels or bow ties. Watch our HST block video tutorial.
Wedding ring block patterns are usually circular, however, there are many variations, including squares and rectangles or wonky shapes. Usually made with strips or patches, this is a good stashbuster!
Unlike many of the blocks shown in this Quilt Block Library, 12-inch quilt blocks are named after the size, not the design. Because of the specific size, you will find a lot of unique patterns to try.
If you're looking for a funky block to make, then check out any tumbling block pattern. Cut out shapes you learned in math class, isosceles trapezoids, and then match up the bottoms and tops together.
Who doesn't love floral quilts? There are so many flower designs you can make for your next block pattern. From modern geometric shapes to detailed, realistic flowers in pots, you will love the ideas.
This name will make you chuckle every time you see it. The drunkard's path block pattern is a bit wonky, not unlike the vision of someone under the influence. Watch our drunkard's path video tutorial.
Much like how cabins use logs arranged to create cabin shapes, this block is similar. Replace logs with fabric strips and patches, and you have the log cabin block. Watch our log cabin video tutorial.
Like a bow tie, hourglass quilt blocks use either two triangles with top points facing each other or two squares with points facing. The result is one or more simple hourglass shapes to mix and match.
If you're looking to use scraps, check out the string quilt block. This traditional pattern is from the early 20th when fabric was scarce and women needed designs that used scraps or strips, as shown.
Paper piecing uses templates, usually made of paper. It can be used for full quilt or blocks. Paper piecing quilt blocks are popular because you can make any design, whether it is shapes or a picture.
Get a little abstract with wonky quilt block patterns. This type of pattern is named as such because it doesn't follow the standard/typical design. It can be anything, so check them out and let loose.
Snowball quilt block patterns can be circular, octagonal, etc. The shape is usually formed with squares and triangles, which is why it is not often a perfect circle. Watch our snowball video tutorial.
Applique involves layering fabric and creating designs on top of the base quilt. Applique quilt blocks are some of the most popular because it is a great way to add dimension, more colors, and images.
Get a little crazy with crazy quilt block designs. Similar to the wonky blocks, there are few rules here. Combine strips, triangles, squares, along with your odds and ends to create something unusual.
The Irish chain quilt design is a simple block pattern in which squares are used and those edges all connect. Some have larger squares in the center, others have the same-sized squares quilted across.
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