Monday, 25 April 2011

Card Trick Blocks with No Triangles

Here is what's on my design wall for this week.  I pulled this quilt out of my UFO pile today. It's next on the list for quilting, although that won't happen until I get my machine back from the shop.  However, I thought I'd provide more detailed directions for making these 'sleight of hand' blocks - card tricks with no triangles.

 You need the following pieces for an 8" block:
  • one 2.5" square and one 2.5"x4.5" rectangle, of each of 4 colours
  • four 2.5" squares background

Sew the 2.5" squares of colours into a 4-patch for the center of the block.

Add the appropriate coloured rectangle to 2 opposite sides of that 4-patch, to create the center strip of the block.

Sew a 2.5" background square to each end of each of the remaining two coloured rectangles.  Attach these strips to the appropriate sides of the center strip.

Block should be set on point, for a true card trick look.


  1. I am busy cutting up scraps of material - for furture projects and one of my sizes is 2.5" x 4.5", and I was thinking, what uses this size of rectangle?? hmmmm....?
    Well, come on here today, and my question is answered!! Thank-You!! I have one blk that will use these recangles I am creating - I am now sure there are more that will!!
    and I do like the look of your quilt - It will be so nice to curl up under!!!

  2. I've always wanted to make one of these. Thanks for the great tips. The colors in yours are so nice and the sashing adds a lot of charm.

  3. Thanks for the instructions. Card tricks is one of my favorite blocks.

  4. I like Card Tricks too, and especially like your sashing.

  5. Great idea! Thanks for the "tute"! This seems alot easier than the original pattern.


  6. How big is the setting triangles?

  7. Do you applique it onto the background then or do you still use triangles to finish off the block?

  8. Wow, so much easier! Thanks for this pattern. Was looking for one that didn't use triangles and this is easily changed to a 12" block.