Single T, an Easy Patchwork Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 03

    How to Make Easy Single T Quilt Blocks

    Single T Patchwork quilt block pattern
    Janet Wickell

    The Single T quilt block is one of the easiest variations of the T quilting design. This patchwork Single T quilt block pattern explains how to sew the blocks quickly and accurately.

    At first glance, the Single T block seems a little ordinary, but you can create all sorts of dramatic layouts with the quilt blocks by varying their positions in a quilt. Combine T quilt blocks to ​make a scrap quilt or choose a specific color scheme for an entirely different look. How about dreamy floral fabrics in shades of rose and cream, with a neutral background and touches of green? Batik fabrics will work perfectly, too.

    The Capital T quilt block pattern is somewhat similar but includes four T shapes within its borders.

    Single T Quilt Block Cutting Charts

    Read all pattern instructions before you cut the fabrics. Alter cutting if you use a different method to create half square triangle units for the blocks.

    • Cutting is for units sewn in pairs. If you plan to make lots of identical half-square triangle units, you might prefer to use the Magic 8 method for their assembly.

    Sew Two 12-inch Finished T Quilt Blocks

    Background:

    • one 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" square
    • five 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares

    T Fabric:

    • one 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" square
    • five 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares

    Sew Two 6-inch Finished T Quilt Blocks

    Background:

    • one 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" square
    • five 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    T Fabric:

    • one 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" square
    • five 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    Sew Two 3-inch Finished T Quilt Blocks

    Background:

    • one 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square
    • five 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares

    T Fabric:

    • one 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square
    • five 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares

    We prefer to cut oversize squares to assemble most half-square triangle units and then trim the units back to the perfect size after assembly.

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  • 02 of 03

    Assemble the Single T Quilt Block

    Single T quilt block pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Half Square Triangle Units

    1. Pair a large background square and a T-square of the same size. Use my easy, quick piecing method to make two half square triangle units from the squares:
      • 12" Block - completed units should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2"
      • 6" Block - completed units should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
      • 3" Block - completed units should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
    2. Pair a smaller background square with a T-square same size. Sew together as you did the larger squares to create two half square triangle units:
    • 12" Block - completed units should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
    • 6" Block - completed units should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
    • 3" Block - completed units should measure 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
    1. Combine four more small background squares with four T-squares to make a total of ten smaller half square triangle units.

    Assemble the T Quilt Block

    Refer to the drawing above. Use a 1/4" seam allowance.

    1. Sew two smaller half square triangle units together in a vertical column as shown upper left. Press seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
    2. Sew the vertical column to the side of a larger half square triangle unit. The T fabrics should touch as shown. Press seam allowance towards the larger triangle unit.
    3. Sew three smaller half square triangle units into a horizontal row as shown above under the unit created in Step 2. Press seam allowances towards the right.
    4. Sew the Step 3 unit to the bottom of the Step 2 unit, matching edges and seam intersections. Repeat to make a second quilt block.
    5. Press the quilt block. The 12" finished block should measure 12-1/2" square; the 6" finished block should measure 6-1/2" square; the 3" finished block should measure 3-1/2" square.

    If your block is smaller than it should be, or skewed, then press again and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use this easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.

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  • 03 of 03

    Single T Scrap Quilt Layout

    Single T quilt block pattern
    Janet Wickell

    T Quilt Block Layout

    T Quilt blocks can be arranged in many ways. This is one example of a scrappy layout.