Quilt Block of the Month: October

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 block download 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.


Finished Block Size
8" x 8"

8" x 8" Finished Block


From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (4 1/2") A square.


  • Cut 6 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 12 B triangles.


From Medium Fabric:

  • Cut 2 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 4 C triangles.

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut square on both diagonals to make 4 D triangles.



  1. Stitch a B and C triangle together along long edge to make one B-C half square unit (Figure 1); press seam toward C. Repeat to make four B-C units.


  2. Stitch B triangles to the angled sides of a D triangle to make a flying geese unit referring to Figure 2; press seams toward B. Repeat to make four flying geese units.


  3. Stitch a B-C unit to either end of a flying geese unit referring to Figure 3 for orientation; press seams to reduce bulk. Repeat to make two rows.


  4. Stitch a flying geese unit to opposite sides of A, matching D edges of flying geese unit to A (Figure 4). Press seams toward A.


  5. Stitch a row from step 3 to top and bottom of block center referring to Figure 5 to complete block; press seams to reduce bulk.


Helpful Hints

  • Choose light, medium and dark fabrics 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.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Quilting Basics under Quilt Essentials, or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.


If you have a lot of light scraps in your fabric collection, use one light for A and a different light for B in this block.

Since the A piece finishes at 4" square, you could use this block as a signature block or do some fussy cutting and feature some of your favorite prints in a table or bed runner.

If doing either of those, cut the B triangles from a variety of coordinating colors to complement what is happening in the A piece and give the block even more sparkle.

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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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