Card Trick Quilt Block

Hello Everyone,

One of my favourite quilt blocks is the the Card Trick block. My second wall hanging I did nearly 20 years ago was a big card trick block with a few borders around it. I won’t show you that one, but I made a wall hanging with four smaller card trick blocks a few years ago, that one I have no problem showing you.

Card Trick Wall Hanging II

This weekend I made a some card trick blocks in bright colours on a white background that I made into a table runner. I think it turned out pretty good.

Card Trick Table Runner I

There is many tutorials online on how to make this block, for example this one from Buttons and Butterflies. If you would like to make my mini version, it is a 6″ block, you will need:

Background fabric:
2 – 3″squares cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles
1 – 3 1/2″ square cut diagonally twice to make 4 quarter square triangle

From each of four colours:
1 – 3″ square cut diagonally once to make 2 half square triangles
1 – 3 1/2″ square cut diagonally twice to make 4 quarter square triangle (you only need 2 of these)

Card Trick Block Tutorial I

The block is made of a 3 x 3 square grid. Sew each square together first and trim them to 2 1/2″squares. Sew the squares in to rows and then sew he rows together. Since you are sewing on the bias edges, make sure not to stretch the fabric.

Card Trick Block Tutorial II

Card Trick Block Tutorial III

If you are making more than one block you can put one background 3″square and one colour 3″square right sides together and draw a diagonal line on one side and sew on each side of the line with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut on the drawn line, press each piece open and trim to a 2 1/2″square.

Half Square Triangles I

Half Squares Triangles II

If you want to make a different size block, cut the squares for half squares triangles 1″ bigger than the finished square and 1 1/2″ bigger for quarter square triangles. This is a little bit bigger than you need but it looks neater when trimmed to the right size. For example, if you want to make a 9″ block each of the 9 squares will be 3″ x 3″. Cut 4″ squares for half square triangles and 4 1/2″ squares for  quarter square triangle. Sew the 9 squares and each square will then be trimmed to 3 1/2″ to include the seam allowance.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care!


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