Round the Corner Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 03

    How to Make Round the Corner Quilt Blocks

    A round the corner quilt block pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Round the Corner is a five-patch quilt block pattern that's assembled primarily from squares. Half-square triangle units rest at its corners. All of the block's patchwork is simple to rotary cut and quick-piece.

    You'll find many other five patch block patterns of the same size, and they all combine nicely with Round the Corner to create a unique quilt. Four perfect matches are:

    • Old Fashioned Wedding Ring Quilt Block Pattern
    • Country Roads Quilt Blocks
    • Game Cocks Quilt Blocks
    • Five Patch Chain Blocks

    Finished block size: 10" x 10"

    Fabrics and Cutting for Round the Corner

    Use the colors illustrated as a guide to placement, but alter the fabrics in any way you wish to suit your quilting project.

    Medium brown: for outermost squares and half-square triangle units.

    • (2) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" strips
    • (2) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares**

    Light neutral: for perimeter squares and half-square triangles

    • (1) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip
    • (2) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares**

    Very dark brownish/black/warm: for dark squares in the block center

    • (2) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strips
    • (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square

    Medium-light brown for lighter squares in the block center

    • (2) 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" strips
    • (2) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

    **Squares listed as 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" are used to make half-square triangle units. You might prefer to cut them a bit larger, and then trim the finished units back to the exact, unfinished size before assembly (2-1/2" x 2-1/2"). Trim back instructions are included at the bottom of the tutorial linked below.

    Alter cutting size if you prefer to use a different method to create the half-square triangle units.

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  • 02 of 03

    Sew Patchwork for Round the Corner Quilt Blocks

    A strip piece quilt block
    Janet Wickell


    1. Gather two of your darkest 5-1/2" long strips and one medium-light strip of the same size.
    2. Sew the strips together lengthwise, with the lighter strip in the middle. Press to set the seams.
    3. Press seam allowances towards the dark strips.
    4. Square up one end of the strip set and cut two 2-1/2" segments.
    5. Find your single 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares (two light, one dark). Sew them together as shown upper right, with the dark square in the center.
    6. Sew the medium-brown 10-1/2" long strips to the light strip of the same size, brown strips on either side. Press seam allowances towards the darker strips.
    7. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 2-1/2" segments.
    8. Pair a 2-7/8" light square with a medium brown square of the same size. Use the quick pieced half square triangle method to create two half-square triangles from the pair. Repeat to make two more units.
    9. When complete, half-square triangle units should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2". Trim your half-square triangle units back to that size if you sewed with oversize squares.
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  • 03 of 03

    Finish Sewing the Round the Corner Quilt Block

    Assembly directions for quilt block
    Janet Wickell


    1. Use the two different very dark/light brown segments to create the block center shown at the top of the illustration. Press.
    2. Arrange all remaining units as shown.
    3. Sew the components of each row together. Press seams in adjoining rows in opposite directions where possible.
    4. Sew the rows together. Press. The quilt block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".