01 of 04
Make a Scrap Quilt with Twenty-Five Patch Quilt Blocks
The Twenty-Five Patch quilt block pattern is exactly what its name implies -- a design with twenty-five patches within its borders, all same-sized squares.
This pattern includes instructions for a 10" x 10" finished block, but you can easily make the block in any size you wish by choosing a different finished size for the squares. Add 1/2" to the finished width and length of each square to compensate for the seam allowance (1/4" + 1/4"), and then cut 25 squares of that size for each quilt block.
Color and Color Value Considerations
The Twenty-five Patch block is a perfect block for scrap quilts, but can also be effective when sewn in an orderly fashion. Make a few choices before you begin.
Which color scheme suits you best?
- Quilt blocks made from a totally random set of colors as illustrated
- Monochromatic quilt blocks, made with variations of one color (it's fine to add neutral colors such as ivory, white, and black)
- Quilt blocks with two or more focal colors
How do you want to construct the quilt?
- Patch by patch (page 2)
- Using strip piecing techniques (page 3)
The placement of color value, which really just implies contrast, is important to the success of most quilts. Read Color Value Basics if the concept is new to you to discover how color dominance changes a quilt's appearance.
You might want to review Color Wheel Made Easy before deciding on a color scheme.
We suggest that you use at least a few black squares (or another very dark color) to add depth to the design as in the 16 Patch quilt block pattern.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
02 of 04
Make Twenty-Five Patch Quilt Block Piece by Piece
Assemble Quilt Blocks One Patch at a Time
Sixteen Patch quilt blocks can be assembled by sewing patches together one square at a time and varying light to dark patches within rows. You can assemble all blocks for a quilt using this method, or combine the technique with strip pieced quilt blocks to make the best use of available fabric
For each block, you'll need a combination of (25) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" light, medium, and dark squares. Your colors will differ from the colors illustrated.
Continue to 3 of 4 below.
- Arrange the squares into five rows as shown, each with five patches. Vary the light and dark squares in each row.
- When you are satisfied with the layout, sew patches in each row together,
- Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions. Use straight pins if necessary to keep seam intersections from shifting.
- Sew the rows together, matching seams carefully. Press.
- The quilt block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
- Repeat to make additional 25-Patch quilt blocks.
03 of 04
Make Strip Pieced Twenty-Five Patch Quilt Block
Strip Piece the 25-Patch Quilt Blocks
You can strip piece the 25-Patch blocks even if you want them to be scrappy.
Dark and light patches can be alternated in each of the five rows, but that's not a must -- contrast can be mixed
Unless you are making blocks with a specific color scheme, your light fabrics do not all have to be the same value and your dark fabrics needn't match in value. Remember that a medium blue may appear light when sewn next to black, but dark when sewn next to pale blue.
Try This Arrangement
- Rows 1, 3, 5. Cut three dark fabric strips and two lights, each 2-1/2" x 8". Sew strips together lengthwise.
- Press seam allowances towards the dark strips. Square up one end of the strip set and cut (3) 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Rows 2, 4. Cut three light fabric strips and two darks, each 2-1/2" x 5-1/2". Sew strips together lengthwise.
- Press seam allowances towards the dark strips. Square up one end of the strip set and cut (2) 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Arrange the segments into five rows, flipping the units in Rows 3 and 4 around to change the orientation of the fabrics.
Sew rows together, matching intersections carefully. Press. The block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
Additional Quilt Blocks
For a scrappier quilt, make additional strip sets, varying fabrics in each, and then mix segments up when it's time to assemble quilt blocks.
You can cut about (16) 2-1/2" segments from fabric strips that are cut from selvage-to-selvage.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
04 of 04
Scrappy Monochrome Quilt Made With 25-Patch Quilt Blocks
Here's an example of a scrappy monotone quilt made with 35 quilt blocks. This quilt would finish at about 50" x 70" before adding borders.