Block Play

Posted in Quilt Blocks, Quilts on May 07, 2011

I decided that I wanted to make a scrappy sort of block for May in the do. Good Stitches bee.  I was playing around this morning and came up with the block above–it’s a pretty simple block & I have to think it is probably some kind of Irish Chain.  I love the scrappiness it affords and it looks great in a quilt.

And even cooler when the blocks are set on point.


I use this super helpful Corner Triangle Guide  to figure out the outside corner triangles and setting triangles when placing blocks on point.  So, for the quilt above, since the quilt blocks are 12″ finished, for the 4 corner triangles you would cut 2 squares 9  3/8″ cut once diagonally.  For the setting triangles you would cut 3 squares 18  1/4″ and cut them diagonally twice for a total of 12 triangles–you would only need 10 of them. 

You can also make this block super scrappy by using smaller squares–the print squares on this block finish at 1″ as opposed to the 2″ finished print squares above.

And the super scrappy quilt:

And on point

The triangles for this quilt would remain the same as the on point quilt above since the blocks all finish at the same size, 12 inches.

Block details:

This block requires:

(20) 2  1/2″ print squares


4 solid squares 4  1/2″


This block requires:

(80) 1  1/2″ print squares


4 solid squares 4  1/2″


Remember to stop back tomorrow for Day One of my Week Long Giveaway Birthday Week!! =)

12 to “Block Play”

  1. 1
    Jody says:

    Love this!! Looking forward to seeing it in “person”. :)

  2. 2
    Barb says:

    Corey, you create the best stashbusting blocks! I love it set on point…would it possible to have the piecing continue into the setting triangles so that the design continues to the edge? The best part of your quilts, however, is always your beautiful fabric/colour choices. Can’t wait to see!

  3. 3
    Ellyn says:

    gorgeous! The smaller pieced squares remind me of a cobblestone path, especially when you put them on point

  4. 4
    Belinda says:

    That looks so fun!! And pretty easy, unless you get way down in the little squares. :) I’m not good with triangles, but this doesn’t look too hard. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    This is a great block!

  6. 6
    Ellen says:

    I love the double scrappy on point! Good for honey buns or jelly rolls and lots of strip piecing. I think I’ll try a block or two myself.

  7. 7
    Deb Pflager says:

    What a great block…and yet so simple. I too love it on point. But then, I tend to like many blocks on point. It somehow makes them look more complex!! It would be great to make with charm squares in the 2 1/2 size squares. Cut the squares in quarters for the the little pieces.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Deb at

  8. 8
    Mary says:

    I love love love your design and will be trying this out for sure!
    i am such a fan of your Birdie Stitches. Thanks for sharing all your creative greatness with us!!

  9. 9
    Barbara says:

    This would also be cute with snowball blocks alternating with the scrappy blocks using scraps again for the triangles in each corner of the snowball block.

  10. 10
    Karen says:

    Looks fabulous! Looking forward to seeing your quilt.

  11. 11

    This is so much fun!! I love the way just slight changes make very different quilts. I love the coordinated scrappiness of it your sample too.

  12. 12

    […] Little Miss Shabby has some great pics of how this layout can change a quilt here. […]

  13. 13
    Becky in Georgia says:

    Thanks so much for posting!!! Great use of scrap fabric!

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