Next Door Neighbor Quilt Block Tutorial

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Today we're going to sew together a Next Door Neighbor quilt block. This is a fairly easy block but it isn't the one you see if you do a Google search for it. Just goes to show that lots of different blocks have the same name! Let's get started!

next door neighbor quilt block

Fabric Requirements for an 8" Finished Next Door Neighbor Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Hexie Print: 2 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Navy: 2 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 2.5" squares

next door neighbor fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Flying Geese Units:

Step 1:

Using the Light/White 2.5" squares, the Medium/Hexie Print 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and the Dark/Navy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, sew together four Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making Flying Geese blocks at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block

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Half Flying Geese Units:

Step 2:

For lack of a better name, I'm calling this unit a Half Flying Geese because that is basically what it is. Mark a line diagonally from corner to corner on the back of a Medium/Hexie Print 2.5" square and sew it onto a Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle as shown below. Then match up the corners of the Medium/Hexie Print 2.5 square and press, also shown in the picture below.

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Step 3:

Trim away the excess seam allowance to complete the unit as shown below. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for a total of two units.

next door neighbor 3

Step 4:

Repeat Steps 2 through 3 using the remaining Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the two Dark/Navy 2.5" squares. You will end up with four Half Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

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Corner Units:

Step 5:

Pair up your Flying Geese and Half Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 6:

Sew the units together and press the seam allowance toward the Half Flying Geese unit as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of four Corner units.

Next Door Neighbor 6

Putting It All Together:

Step 7:

Now you can lay out the four Corner units as shown below and sew them together like a basic Four Patch block.

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Step 8:

Sew the two rows together as shown in the picture below.

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Step 9:

Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown below.

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Step 10:

Sew the two rows together and you're finished!

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Step 11:

Except for the pressing. I pressed my seam allowances using the tweak/twirl/furl method as you can see in the picture below.

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Conclusion:

I think the Next Door Neighbor quilt block is a cute little block. It gets a bit bulky where the points all come together but just take it slow and you should be fine. This would be a nice block for a baby quilt!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for the Next Door Neighbor quilt block. If you liked this post and want to see more quilting tutorials like this, simply click here to sign up for my newsletter and also receive a free PDF quilt pattern.

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

P.S. I do have these fabrics from the Make Yourself at Home collection in the shop. Check them out at https://fabric406.com/collections/all/designer_kimberbell-designs

P.P.S. To figure out how much fabric you need to make a quilt using this block (or any other block for that matter) see the tutorial https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need


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3 comments

  • Elaine, I love your blog and the patterns you give us. The directions are the best I have seen. Thank you so much for your love of quilting and the love you show by sharing your work. I hope to order fabric as soon as my budget will allow new fabric.

    Velma P Davis on
  • Hi Jennifer,
    The tutorial isn’t a downloadable PDF. But you can copy and paste it into Word or Google Docs if you wish.

    Elaine Huff on
  • I am unable to download the Next Door Neighbor block?

    Jennifer Feller on

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