What are Quilt Blocks?
Quilt Blocks are fabric units, or components, sewn together to create a quilt. They can be pieced, appliqued or just squares or rectangles of fabric. There are many Quilt Blocks that can be used in their own or are part of other Quilt Block patterns, such as Flying Geese and 4-Patch blocks.
Benefits of Quilt Blocks
Quilt Blocks can all be the same, creating a pattern of those repeating blocks, often separated with "sashing strips".
Quilt Blocks can all be different. These quilts are often called "Sampler Quilts".
Making the same block repeatedly helps the maker to learn the pattern.
Making different blocks for one quilt allows the maker to learn many different blocks and/or techniques.
Supplies and Tools - Quilt Blocks
Basic sewing supplies for either hand or machine piecing are used:
- Needles and Thread
- Patterns and/or Templates
- Sewing Machine for machine piecing
- Rotary Cutter, Mat and Rulers are used for cutting fabric pieces but today's quiltmaker. Scissor cutting is much less common today.
What I Wished I Knew When I Started - Quilt Blocks
Making Quilt Blocks is addictive and fun!
Most pieced blocks have a mathematical base and it's all geometry.
Many simple geometric shapes can be used to create either simple or complex pieced pattens.