Free 12-Inch Patchwork Quilt Block Patterns

Part of patchwork quilt as background. Handmade
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Try one or more of my free 12" quilt block patterns for your next quilting project.

Twelve-inch quilt blocks are one the most popular sizes used in patchwork quilts, and thousands of designs have been created over the years, from traditional to contemporary. The blocks are often chosen to create sampler quilts, where twelve or more different quilt blocks are sewn to create a quilt.

If you're a beginning quilter, always refer to the links within each pattern to learn more about the techniques used during quilt block assembly.

  • 01 of 08

    Labyrinth Quilt Block Pattern

    Labyrinth Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Labyrinth style quilt blocks are always a hit because everyone loves the woven look of the block's framing area. A star rests at the center of this Labyrinth quilt block.

    It's pretty simple to construct this 12" block if you work on the patchwork in a step-by-step manner.

  • 02 of 08

    Weathervane Quilt Block Pattern

    Weathervane Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Weathervane is a 12" quilt block that's assembled with easy quick piecing techniques. The pattern is suitable for all quilters, beginning to experienced, and includes instructions for three different block sizes.

    You'll also find an alternative way to assemble the patchwork that's sewn between corners on the outer edges of the block.

  • 03 of 08

    Early Morning Star Quilt Block Pattern

    Early Morning Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    The Early Morning Star quilt block looks a little strange when displayed on its own, but that's because the design has built-in patchwork sashing. Once the quilt blocks are complete you can sew them together to create a perfectly sashed quilt without the bother of handling the long, often stretchy, sashing pieces that are typically sewn between rows.

    As you read the pattern, do keep in mind that you can use the same technique with nearly any quilt block design.

  • 04 of 08

    16-Point Frame Quilt Block Pattern

    16 Points Frame Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    This quilt block can be assembled in many ways. I chose a combination of techniques, all quick pieced, to sew its patchwork. The blocks illustrated are color controlled and the colors within each block blend.

    Your own quilt blocks can be entirely different, and I think you'll find that it's fun to go scrappy with this design.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Log Cabin Quilt Block With a Sailboat Center

    Sailboats Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Sailboat quilts are popular with children and adults. Create your own version with this easy 12" log cabin quilt block that features a little boat at its center.

    The design is perfect for scrap quilts, even if you only go scrappy when you create the boats.

  • 06 of 08

    Square in a Square Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern

    Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Log Cabin quilt blocks ​get another tweak in this 12" pattern. The block's center holds a square in a square and logs with contrasting triangles at their corners finish the look as they're sewn to the block.

  • 07 of 08

    Churn Dash Quilt Block With a Twist

    Unique Nine Patch Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Give the traditional Churn Dash quilt block a bit more pizzazz by placing a nine patch quilt block at its center and breaking up the center's four framing units into two fabrics each. 

    Like so many other patchwork quilt blocks, this Churn Dash variation can be color controlled or scrappy, your choice. It's simple to sew, and that makes the design perfect for quilt block swaps.

  • 08 of 08

    Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks

    Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Aunt Sukey's choice appears very different depending on the fabrics you choose. Some fabrics blend together just a bit in an example on the left.

    On the right, fabrics contrast more with each other. Which look do you prefer? Consider mixing a variety of color layouts to make a scrap quilt.