Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Three-patch Rectangles

Sophie's 3-patch #4This simple 6 inch by 9 inch (finished size) block was influenced by the proportions of the golden rectangle.

It showcases the fabrics used and/or the quilting design.  It's quick and easy construction makes it a good choice for a last minute gift or a quilt-in-a-day project.

For the June 2011 Block Lotto, we are making blocks in an analogous colorway of green-blue-violet, including one green, one blue and one violet fabric in each block.


For each block,

Cut 1 rectangle - 4.5 x 6.5 inches
Cut 2 rectangles - 3.5 x 5.5 inches


  1. Sew the two smaller rectangles together, along their long sides, Press toward the darker fabric.
  2. Add the large rectangle to the top.  Press the seam toward the large rectangle. The block should measure 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches.
First SeamLast Seam

Here is a sampling of blocks made by some quilters in the Block Lotto community.

For a clean, minimalist look, surround each of the blocks with wide borders in a solid neutral–simulated by white space here–and arrange them all with the same orientation:

Sophie's 3-patch #16     Cathi's 3-patch #4    Kristin's 3-patch #9     Julie's 3-patch #8    Julie's 3-patch #7

Ginny's 3-patch #5      Cathi's 3-patch #3    Julie's 3-patch #5   Ginny's 3-patch #1    Ginny's 3-patch #7

Ginny's 3-patch #2     Julie's 3-patch #6    Cathi's 3-patch #2    Julie's 3-patch #4    Ginny's 3-patch #6

Ginny's 3-patch #8    Cathi's 3-patch #1    Julie's 3-patch #3    Ginny's 3-patch #3    Kristin's 3-patch #7

Kristin's 3-patch #8    Julie's 3-patch #2    Ginny's 3-patch #4    Julie's 3-patch #1    Ginny's 3-patch #9

For more virtual blocks and layout ideas, check out the June Guidlines for the Block Lotto