10" Buckeye Beauty Quilt Block Pattern

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    Make Buckeye Beauty Quilt Blocks

    Buckeye Beauty Quilt Blocks
    Janet Wickell

    Buckeye Beauty is a quilt block pattern that's been known by many names throughout the years. It's a popular -- and easy -- patchwork quilt block that offers lots of experience in both construction and design.

    This Buckeye Beauty pattern explains how to make three quilt blocks that each finish at 10" square. Repeat to make additional blocks.

    The illustration on this page shows how six Buckeye Beauty quilt blocks would look sewn side by side in a straight setting. Don't hesitate to twist and turn your own blocks to change a quilt's appearance entirely. Work on a flat surface or use a design wall to experiment with layouts.

    Quilting Fabrics

    Choose cotton fabrics in four color values -- in other words, fabrics that contrast with each other. Refer to the block illustration for value placement.

    • A very light fabric for light small squares
    • A very dark for small dark squares
    • A medium for half square triangle units
    • A fabric that contrasts with remaining half-square triangle unit fabrics

    Cutting Chart for Three Quilt Blocks

    Very Light

    • Cut one strip 3" x 37" long

    Very Dark

    • Cut one strip 3" x 37" long


    • Cut three 5-7/8" squares (or use slightly larger squares then trim back after sewing)


    • Cut three 5-7/8" squares (or use slightly larger squares then trim back after sewing)


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    Assemble the Buckeye Beauty Quilt Block

    Buckeye Beauty Quilt Block Assembly
    Janet Wickell

    Make Half Square Triangle Units

    1. Sew a contrasting 5-7/8" squares together twice diagonally using a popular quick pieced half square triangle method.
    2. Repeat to combine all squares reserved for half square triangle units. After cutting apart as directed you will have six half square triangle units that each measure 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

    If you used larger than necessary squares to construct the units, trim each unit back to 5-1/2" using a ruler that lets you divide the unit in half diagonally so that both sides measure the same. 

    Make the Four Patch Units

    1. Place the very dark and very light strips right sides together, all edges aligned. Sew together lengthwise with a 1/4" seam allowance.
    2. Press to set the seam.
    3. Open the strip and press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric.
    4. Use your rotary cutting equipment to square up one end of the strip set, then cut twelve 3" segments from it.
    5. Place two segments right sides together, with contrasting squares across from each other. Sew together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam allowance either direction.
    6. Repeat to make a total of six four-patch units.

    Assemble the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange two half square triangle units and two four patch units into two rows as shown. The dark squares of the four patch units should move diagonally through the block and the darker patches in triangle squares should be at the corners.
    2. Sew the units in each row together. Press seam allowances towards the four patch units. Sew the rows together to complete a block. Press. Repeat to make two more quilt blocks.