11 simple quilt blocks you can make in 10 minutes

11 quilt blocks to make in 10 minutes

Work, school, after-school activities, appointments, shopping, cooking, cleaning…whew! Do you sometimes feel you’ll never find time to quilt? We feel that way too, so we set out to find ways to squeeze a little quilting into small chunks of time. Do you know what we found? A surprising number of easy quilt blocks that you can cut, sew, and press in less than 10 minutes. It’s true! We know because we timed ourselves just for fun. And if you use chain piecing, that single block will turn into a stack before you know it.

So what blocks come together that quickly? Look at classic beginner quilt blocks, just for starters. A few that spring to mind immediately are Rail Fence, Nine Patch, Square in a Square, and Half-Square Triangles. Using 2½" strips from a Jelly Roll, we actually made four Rail Fence blocks in 10 minutes. Just imagine how quickly you can finish that quilt! And half-square triangles are easy to make in pairs, so there’s another block that reproduces in a hurry.

Rail Fence quilt block
Rail Fence quilt block
Nine Patch quilt block
Nine Patch quilt block
Square-in-a-Square quilt block
Square-in-a-Square quilt block
Half-square triangle quilt block
Half-Square Triangle

501 Rotary-Cut Quilt BlocksThose are just a few of the dozens of simple quilt blocks quilters have loved for years. To find more, we dove into 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins, an amazing resource in which every block is given in six sizes. (That’s more than 3000 possibilities!) There were so many good options it was hard to decide what to show, so we chose just a few to feature below. See more of the astonishing variety of blocks in this treasury here: 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks.

Blocks in a Box quilt block
Blocks in a Box
Cotton Reels quilt block
Cotton Reels
Counterpane quilt block
Flying Goose quilt block
Flying Goose
Four Patch quilt block
Four Patch
Pinwheel quilt block
Shoo Fly quilt block
Shoo Fly

With all this talk of quick and easy, it’s good to remember that just because the blocks are simple doesn’t mean a quilt is boring. Check out these examples of fabulous quilts made from easy quilt blocks.

Rail Fence quilt
“Don’t Interrupt!,” from
Country Threads Goes to Charm School by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, features the simple Rail Fence block.

Nine Patch quilt
Nine-Patch blocks in sweet ’30s prints star in “Take 5…Visits the General Store,” from
More Take 5 Quilts by Kathy Brown.

Square in a Square quilt
“Cornucopia,” from
Big ’n Easy by Judy Hopkins, starts with Square-in-a-Square blocks.

Half-square triangle quilt
If you can make a half-square triangle, you can make “Rainbow Stash Buster” by Megan Jimenez from
Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.

What’s your go-to block when you need a quilt fix in a hurry? Tell us in the comments.


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