Easy Quilt Block Tutorial - Great for Beginners!

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The Linoleum quilt block is so easy, you'll have a quilt made in a flash! And it creates a wonderful secondary design! The block is made with just squares, rectangles, and a modified Square in a Square patch. Let's get sewing!

I can imagine that some lady looked at her floor and thought "I can make a quilt with that design". Inspiration can come from so many places if we just take the time to look!

linoleum quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Linoleum Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Pink: 4 - 4.5" squares
  • Dark/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

linoleum fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Corner Unit:

Step 1:

This unit is half of a Square in a Square block (you can find the tutorial for that block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block. I've combined the steps into the picture below.

First you mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of the Light/White 2.5" squares.

Place two of the 2.5" squares on opposite corners of a Medium/Pink 4.5" square and sew on the marked line. 

Fold the Light/White square along the sewn line, match up the corners, and press.

Trim away the excess seam allowance fabric and refold the Light/White fabric to complete the unit.

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Step 2:

Repeat Step 1 for a total of four Corner units as shown in the picture below.

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Rectangles Unit:

Step 3:

Sew a Dark/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle and a Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle together and press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Blue fabric as shown below.

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Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 for a total of four Rectangles units like you see in the picture below.

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Lay out the Corner units, Rectangles units, and Light/White 4.5" square as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together just like a Nine Patch block.

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Step 6:

Sew the units into three rows as shown below.

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Step 7:

Press the seam allowances toward the Rectangles units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 8:

All that's left is to sew the three rows together and...

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Step 9:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block. Easy Peasy!

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I had to make this layout so you could see the neat secondary design (the X) that shows up when multiple blocks are sewn together. 

linoleum layout


The Linoleum block really is an easy block to construct. It's great for beginning and more advanced quilters alike. I have been doing some complicated blocks lately and really enjoyed sewing together a simpler block! 

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Happy Quilting!


P.S. To print a PDF of this tutorial, check out the free app at https://www.printfriendly.com/

P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need

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