January Quilt Block Tutorial - Giant Block Tutorial Series

Welcome to the very first month in the Giant Block Tutorial Series. Each month I will be sharing a tutorial with information on some of your favorite quilt blocks - only extra big! This is a fun way to add an extra punch to your projects by:
- Giving traditional blocks a more modern look
- Showing off large scale prints
- Creating quick quilt projects
Some of the blocks will be more traditional and some more modern, some will be simpler and some are more complicated. For the January block, we are doing something simple. I am not sure if this block has a name, so I am just going to call it the January Block.
The tutorial for a 24" and 36" block is available (for free!) in my shop. Examples for using the blocks in a quilt are listed below. 

24" Block Quilt Idea
This quilt finishes at 68" x 68." To make this quilt, you will need to make (5) of the 24" blocks.
Corner triangles: Cut (2) 18" background fabric squares. Cut along one diagonal to make (4) corner triangles.
Side triangles: Cut (1) 35.25" background fabric square. Cut along both diagonals (in an X shape) to make (4) side triangles.

Piece together the quilt with the blocks on-point. If you are unfamiliar with on-point quilts, check out this great tutorial. The quilt below shows the block outlines to help you piece the quilt correctly.

36" Block Quilt Idea
This quilt finishes at 51" x 51" and is super quick to put together. You will need to make (1) of the 36" blocks.

For the corner triangles: Cut (2) 26.5" background fabric squares. Cut once on the diagonal to make (4) total corner triangles.

Piece together the quilt with the blocks on-point. If you are unfamiliar with on-point quilts, check out this great tutorial. The quilt below shows the block outline if that makes piecing the quilt easier.
 I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! If you make a block or a quilt using these instructions, I would love to see a photo! You can use the hashtag #GiantBlockTutorialSeries on Instagram or send me a photo or a link to your project. I will be pinning all of the projects to the Giant Block Tutorial Series Pinterest Board

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You can download a printable PDF of all of the Giant Block Tutorials (for free) in my shop.   



27 comments

  1. I love this big block. I have pinned it and look forward to February. This may be a baby quilt.

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  2. Starting a quilt swap with my Sister, think this will be my source for the various blocks - thank you for sharing!

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    1. Great idea, I would love to see what you make!

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  3. Erica, this is a superb big block. I love it. What a great fun quilt for a grand baby
    Thank you for your genius ideas and sharing!

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  4. So fun! Is there a printer friendly link somewhere? Would like to print out instructions. Thanks!

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    1. I hadn't thought of that, but I added a link to a PDF at the very end of the post. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. I think this is great! I may try to sew along... it would be great to make all of the blocks each month from coordinating fabric and then assemble them into some sort of quilt at the end of the year.

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    1. I like that idea! I can't wait to see what you make!

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  6. I LOVE this block and am so happy to have BIG blocks to work with for a change! I have pinned this one and hope to sew along too! Thank you!

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    1. I am looking forward to making big (fast!) blocks too!

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  7. Love your idea of big block quilts! I'll link here in my newsletter and look forward to seeing what you share all year!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing. As a beginner, I feel confident about making the January block and looking forward to your series of blocks and challenges.

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  9. I'm making quilts to send to Kyrgyzstan for the people who live in the dump. Not A dump, but the actual physical dump. I've been accumulating ideas for simple quick quilts. Large block quilts were on my list but I just hadn't worked out the math to enlarge them. Voila! You have done the work for me! Thanks!

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  10. Thank you for this! This will be fantastic to use my novelty prints from my stash! Can't wait for the rest of the blocks :)

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  11. Hmmm, when I click the PDF link to print the tutorial, the page that pops up is blank. Help, please!

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    1. that happens for me too, just a blank page. Thanks for the tutorial. I have several of your patterns that involve plaid/transparency but it helps me to print a photo to go along with my fabric in the "make this quilt" pile.

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    2. I think I have fixed it. Let me know if that doesn't work!

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  12. I love, love, love this quilt! Maybe I'm missing it, but can you give us the yardage for each color? Thanks so much! You just made my day!

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  13. Looks great. Will save time. Love the size of the blocks. Makes perfect center block to build on.

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  14. Did you do setting triangles for the sides, or trim them down? Such a great quilt!

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