BLOCK Friday: Big Block Quilts

Big quilt blocks offer maximum impact in a minimum amount of time—they can mean making quilts quickly, which can be especially favorable when you need some instant quilty gratification.

Take a look at Sangria and you’ll see what I mean. The big blocks in this quilt make a bold statement. What’s interesting about how this quilt comes together is the secondary design that appears once the piecing is complete – this big quilt blocks pattern shows off its versatility in its design and arrangement.

Sangria by Diane Tomlinson

Big Windows is a fine example of how big quilt blocks can make an impact. The fabric choices in this particular quilt create a beautiful rainbow of Cathedral Windows. This quilt comes together in an extra speedy fashion since the quilt is complete when you assemble the blocks in a few easy steps—no additional quilting necessary! The quilt top, quilt back, and quilting are all finished at the same time.

Big Windows Quilt - Big Block Quilts
Big Windows by Sandi Irish

Of course, everyone is a fan of free quilt patterns. From the Atrium features big blocks that use awesome large print fabrics with a corresponding two-color background. This is a refreshing color palette, but you might want to make it your own with bold batiks or calming muted tones.

From the Atrium Quilt - Free Quilt Patterns
From the Atrium by Tony Jacobson

Random piecing and easy assembly make Scrap Flair, by Lynette Jensen, appear complicated but the quiltmaker knows it wasn’t as hard to put together as it looks. This king-size quilt sails through your sewing machine when it comes time to join the big quilt blocks. It’s not often that a king-size quilt is a quick quilt, but when big block quilt patterns and scrap quilt patterns meet, beautiful things can happen.

Scrap Flair - Big Block Quilts
Scrap Flair by Lynette Jensen

The jewel-tone prints used in this quilt’s big quilt blocks are highlighted by the neutral background fabrics and make this quilt a focal point of the room. A full-size quilt, Faceted will impress your guests when they see this bold beauty adorning their guest bed. Watch the YouTube quilting video shown below to see how to make this fun quilt!

Faceted by Tony Jacobson

Finally, an ode to Log Cabin quilt layouts. This simpler version, called Modern Barn Raising, uses pre-cuts to quickly assemble the big blocks in this quilt. There’s nothing like big blocks and a variation on the Log Cabin quilt to make a quilter yearn for their sewing machine.

Modern Barn Raising Quilt - Big Block Quilt
Modern Barn Raising by Lisa Swenson Ruble

Big block quilts are the perfect way to feel accomplished and renewed—a spectacular way to clear out a quilting mental block or just to have some fun. Enjoy!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor





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