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Thread: What is your favorite easy block?

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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    In the class I took I learned how to do a 4patch and flying geese. Since then I've done a 9 patch and a shaded 4 patch. I'm working on a broken dishes lap quilt for my 12yo and its not too bad but I hate her colors! So I'm just wondering what other blocks are easy that you like. I think the more praxtice I get on easier blocks the easier the harder ones will be! I love older looking quilts too.....not contempory.

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    Have you worked with half square triangles yet? I have a book that my sister gave me with many blocks. Some, I feel, could be done by a beginner. Also you may want to check out Quilterscache. She has a listing in her site that shows which blocks are easier than others by putting 1,2,or 3 pins next to the name of the block.

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    I have recently become very partial to the pin wheel. they are easy to make as well.

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    I bought the Wonder cut ruler and find the hst very easy to do...I will applique half the blocks and fill in with the half square triangles.which I make into pinwheels.....makes pretty childs quilt...

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    Have to say that the disappearing nine patch is super easy.

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    I LOVE the Disappearing 9 Patch, it is simple, can be used with just two fabrics or 9 whatever you want to make it totally scrappy, with numerous ways of arranging it :D

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    My all time favorite is the log cabin. It was the first quilt block that I had made.

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    Ahhhhhh good question..... Lets see I love the 4 & 9 patches, HST, and my wonky blocks. Anything scrappy and I'm in :wink:
    i'd love to find more EASY patterns for hst blocks

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    Churn Dash is easy. Here is the link to Quilters Cache. All kinds of free block patterns.

    http://quilterscache.com/C/ChurnDashBlock.html

    http://quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

    The first link is to Churn Dash and second link is to Quilt Blocks Galore.

    Have fun looking.

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    I've done the shoofly but not the churn dash yet :D

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    One of our board members ShellyQ did a series of block tutorials for beginners...they are wonderful for learning new blocks and also for doing variations. these are in the Tutorial Section

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/7358.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8342.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9327.page

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    One of our board members ShellyQ did a series of block tutorials for beginners...they are wonderful for learning new blocks and also for doing variations. these are in the Tutorial Section

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/7358.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8342.page

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9327.page
    thanks for the links. i forgot about them :oops:

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    thanks for the links amma!

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    Having made only three blocks so far, a Nine Patch, a Log Cabin and struggling with Fair and Square, I'd say the Log Cabin was by far the easiest even though it has the most pieces.

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    i like jacob's ladder.

    its just HSTs & 4P

    http://www.quilterscache.com/J/JacobsLadderBlock.html

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    ok I have done half square triangles. I still need to learn a LOT of quilting terms. Log cabins look hard...glad to hear they're easy! I may have to give them a try soon.

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    for quick and easy i like pin wheel or flying geese especially for a baby quilt

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    I am in love with pinwheels right now! and they are so easy.... draw one line sew two and cut once!

    Now if I would just get around to dying the fabric to make 2704 2 inch HST which will turn into 676 3 inch pinwheel blocks we would be in business! lol

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    I think shoofly is about as easy as you can get, think that will be my next one! I m working on a dnp lap quilt now! Would love to finish this long weekend, we will see, lot going on! Your basic 5" block is easy with alternating colors, easy to do strips.

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    ohio star

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    I love Ohio Star

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    I have to vote for the friendship star--very forgiving..

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    I like all of the ones mentioned already, especially Friendship Star. But if you want the easiest of all, except of course the plain square, nothing beats the Stretched Star. It also makes for a beautiful quilt. You just cut a square in a plain fabric, and stitch a little triangle at two opposing corners. When you've done this to as many blocks as you need, sew them all together, arranging them so that the bright corners touch each other, and Bingo! you've got a lovely quilt top. You can use whatever scraps you have around for the corners and get a nice scrappy look.
    At first the little corners look like small butterflys, but eventually you can see the stars forming. It's a fun, quick quilt.

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    I've been doing Mr. Roosevelt's neck tie for the fall block swap and EVEN I am not messing them up too badly.

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    Love the HST and (since I've become a QBer) the D9P.

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