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6 Traditional Quilt Blocks You’ve Got to Stitch

Do you have an itch to make a quilt this weekend? Try your hand at these classic quilt blocks and variations of traditional patterns for a fun and quick sewing project! Want more resources on quilt blocks, check here!

From a snowball block to sewing strings and simple bow ties, these traditional quilt blocks can help you sew up a quilt of any size, or add a simple embellishment to a handmade bag or quilted pillow. Want more inspiration? Check out more famous quilt blocks in this blog post.

Ready to put your own spin on these classic quilt blocks?

Snowball quilt block tutorialPhoto via Fussy Cut

Snowball Block

Do you want to build a snowman? How about a fast and satisfying snowball quilt?! With a tutorial for making 6″ finished blocks, this pattern is great for using up your stash, and is surprisingly simple to sew.

Check out the Snowball Quilt Block tutorial here.

 Mini Dresden Plate

Photo via Craftsy member elegantitus

Mini Dresden Plate

The Dresden Plate is a classic quilt block, and now you can make a miniature version that’s just 5″ across. What a cute embellishment for bags and pillows! Resize the pattern for your choice of size and choose your preferred appliqué method for plate center.

Get the Mini Dresden Plate pattern here.

 String Quilt Block tutorial

Photo via Sherri McConnell

String Block

Sewn onto a foundation of muslin fabric or paper, the string quilt block is fast, fun and easy to sew once you get the hang of it. Make a whole bunch of string blocks with your scraps, from same-size strips or different-size strips, depending on your style.

Check out the String Quilt Block tutorial here.

Ohio Star Block tutorial 

Photo via Lindsay Conner

Ohio Star Block

The classic Ohio Star block will help you practice your points. Featuring quarter-square triangles, this pretty block can be sewn in just two fabrics, or same-color scraps! Make a pillow or add this block to your next sampler quilt.

Check out the Ohio Star Quilt Block tutorial here.

 Scrappy Star Quilt Block

Photo via Craftsy member MissPrissQuilts

Scrappy Sawtooth Star Block

The sawtooth star quilt block is a classic pattern seen in many vintage quilts. Now you can make this block with a twist… a scrappy background of same-color prints! Sew up just one block for a mini quilt, or try your hand at a rainbow of blocks to make a fun and scrap-tastic quilt.

Get the Scrappy Star Quilt Block pattern here.

Square-in-square Paper Pieced quilt block

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Economy Block

There are at least two methods to make this popular quilt block. The version pictured above uses paper piece for accuracy. If you are looking for a version that doesn’t require paper piecing, check out this free Economy block pattern on Craftsy. Like the block’s name, that version makes more economic use of fabric for less waste!

Check out the Paper Pieced Square in Square (Economy) Quilt Block Tutorial here.

 Bow Tie Quilt Block

Photo via Craftsy member Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

Bow Tie Block

Creating the illusion of rows and rows of bow ties, these simple quilt blocks are easy to sew, even for beginners. For a fun variation, twist the blocks so that the points of four blocks touch instead of just two, to create a totally different pattern.

Get the free Bow Tie Quilt Block pattern here.

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Classic Quilt Blocks

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One Comment

Julie

I tried to follow the link for the Dresden plate pattern, and it seemed to go to the snowball quilt block tutorial.

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