Quilt Block of the Month: July

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new 8" x 8" finished block will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

World's Fair Puzzle

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
World's Fair Puzzle


From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 2 (2 1/2" x 4 1/2") A rectangles.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  • Cut 2 (3 1/2") B squares.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  • Cut 4 (1 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 C triangles.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  • Cut 2 (1 1/2") D squares.

From Medium Fabric:

  • Cut 2 (2 1/2" x 4 1/2") E rectangles.

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 4 (1 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 F triangles.

  • Cut 4 (1 1/2") G squares.


  1. Stitch an E and A rectangle together along long side (Figure 1); press seam toward E. Repeat with remaining E and A rectangles to make two A-E block quadrants.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  2. Stitch a C and F triangle together along angled edges (Figure 2); press seam toward C. Repeat to make 8 C-F half-square units.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  3. Stitch two C-F units together to make a C-F row; press seam toward F. Stitch G to C edge of C-F row referring again to Figure 3; press seam toward G. Repeat to make two G-C-F rows.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  4. Stitch two C-F units together matching the F and C sides (Figure 4); press seam toward F. Stitch G square to C edge and D square to F edge of reverse C-F row to make a row referring again to Figure 4. Press seams toward G and D. Repeat to make two rows.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  5. Stitch a G-C-F row to right side of B (Figure 5a); press seam toward B.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  6. Stitch a G-C-F-D row to the bottom of the B unit to complete a B block quadrant (Figure 5b); press seam toward B.

    World's Fair Puzzle

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to complete two B block quadrants.

  8. Stitch an A-E quadrant to a B quadrant referring to Figure 6 to make a row. Repeat to make two rows. Stitch rows together to complete the block referring again to Figure 6 for orientation of rows.

    World's Fair Puzzle

Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light, medium and dark fabric for this block. Use scraps from other projects, or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps, or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Stitch Guide in the sidebar to access Quilting Basics or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.


If you haven't noticed yet, working with half-square units usually requires us to pay very close attention to their directional placement in the design. Getting them wrong could mean a lot of time spent tearing out seams and re-stitching.

Keep a block diagram close and pin pieces right sides together or lay out the separate pieces in stacks referring to the block diagram in the way they should be stitched.

In this block, you could use a different medium fabric in every block, using up your scraps rather neatly!

Consult a complete quilting guide for ideas on how to do any of these things. If you are a first-time quilter you can learn the whole quilting process from Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts, editor of Quilter's World, available at AnniesCraftStore.com. If you are a sometime quilter who needs a little refreshing of your skills, again consult a complete quilting guide (easily found at your local library, book or fabric store) or the Stitch Guide link at the Quilter's World website.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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