BLOCK Friday: Patchwork Designs and Quilt Blocks

Patchwork quilts are, to put it simply, pieced quilts. As with many of the quilt blocks that we see today, patchwork designs, like the patchwork quilt blocks in Checkerboard Shuffle, originated during the pioneer days, when people migrated and settled in the American west.

Checkerboard Shuffle Quilt - Patchwork Designs
Checkerboard Shuffle Quilt - Patchwork Designs
Checkerboard Shuffle by Pam Goggans

Block-style patchwork can be divided into 2 categories, explains Quilting in America, “Quilts in which the blocks can each stand alone in terms of the design, and quilts in which the blocks have been joined together as integral parts of the overall design.”

Fons & Porter editor, Debra Finan, designed Patriotic Patchwork after working through a couple of completely different designs. This quilt, featured in  Love of Quilting July/August 2012, went from a Jacob’s Ladder quilt to a Quilt of Valor as Debra worked her creative process. Patriotic Patchword was destined to be a patriotic quilt pattern, a scrap quilt pattern, and a fat quarter friendly quilt. It’s a super versatile quilt that we’re proud to have in today’s BLOCK Friday.

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt
Patchwork Designs
Patriotic Patchwork by Debra Finan

Just for You is a throw-size quilt assembled from a collection of fabulous prints. A bright and fun patchwork design, this quilt doubles as a scrap quilt pattern. Use your favorite pre-cuts to make these easy quilt blocks or use up some of the fabric in your stash. The sashing and Square-in-a-Square blocks make a geometric quilt design, bringing symmetry cohesiveness to this quilt.

Just For You Quilt
Throw-Size Quilt
Just for You by Caitlin Bevevino

This kid’s quilt features twelve scrappy Patchwork Pups with each pup constructed from pastel strip sets and triangle-squares. But, it’s not just for kids – animal lovers might want to take a closer look at this one. Debra originally made her quilt using 2″-wide strips, but the instructions have been adapted for a pre-cut strip roll.

Patchwork Pups Quilt
Patchwork Designs
Patchwork Pups by Debra Finan

Patchwork quilts are history in the making – they have a traditional look and piecing these quilts is always fun. If you’d like to get your hands on an assortment of terrific quilt block patterns, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks by Katy Jones, may be just the thing you’re looking for. Explore a wide range of 6″ quilt blocks, including traditional designs, as well as fresh interpretations and new quilt blocks.

You might also enjoy a course taught by a master of patchwork, Lynne Hagmeier. Lynne’s course, Layered Patchwork, focuses on simplifying traditional quilt blocks to eliminate difficult piecing and achieve professional looking results. Sounds like a winner!

Tell me about your favorite patchwork quilts! I’m always up for talking shop.

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!
Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.