Poof! Turn large quilt blocks into quick gifts

From Supersize 'EmIs your holiday gift list growing? Big quilt-block patterns to the rescue! Big blocks could be just what you need for every handmade gift you’d like to make—with time left over to enjoy the season outside of your sewing room.

It’s a simple formula that makes sense: fewer blocks = faster quilts. Below, you’ll find 3 ways to make the most of big blocks.

Supersize 'Em!Use 4 large quilt blocks to make a lap quilt, baby quilt, wall quilt, or table topper

Ideas from Supersize ’Em!: 22 Quilts from Oversized Blocks
by Debby Kratovil

Follow a four-block pattern from Supersize ’Em as written:
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Diadem quilt from Supersize 'Em
Quick Christmas quilt: “Diadem”


Turn a pattern for a larger quilt into a four-block quilt for quicker results:

Texas Stars quilt from Supersize 'Em
Shrink this “Texas Stars” quilt from nine blocks to four, add sashing, and you’re done. Fun!

See more four-block quilts in Supersize ’Em! >

Lickety-Split QuiltsUse 3 large quilt blocks to make a table runner, bed runner, or skinny wall quilt

Ideas from Lickety-Split Quilts: Fast Projects from BIG Blocks
by Laurie Bevan

Make a quick quilt as shown in Lickety-Split Quilts, like this single-block quilt:

Golden Autumn Wreath quilt
One-block beauty: “Golden Autumn Wreath”


Shrink a bigger quilt for a speedy three-block finish:

From Lickety-Split Quilts
Make just 3 blocks instead of 12 for a fast table or bed runner.

Explore more jumbo quilt blocks in Lickety-Split Quilts >

Easy Applique Blocks

Use 1 large quilt block to make a table topper, potholder, mug rug, or pincushion

Ideas from Easy Applique Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes
by Kay Mackenzie

Choose just one block from a pretty sampler quilt (or your favorite block) to make…

From Easy Applique Blocks
“Blooms in Red and Yellow”

Fast and fun single-block gifts! Each block pattern comes in five sizes, from 6″ to 12″.

From Easy Applique Blocks
Pretty potholders? A set of mug rugs? Sweet pincushions? You choose the size; you choose the gift!

See 47 more block designs in Easy Applique Blocks >

Think BigWant more BIG quilt-block ideas?

Sew coordinating sets of beautiful quilts and home accents with a single 18″ block design—handy charts make multiple sizes a cinch. In Think Big you can create:

  • Quilts in baby, throw, twin, queen, and king sizes
  • Table toppers and runners, plus bed runners too
  • Pillows—includes a how-to-make-a-pillow primer

Choose from 10 different block designs and dozens of project possibilities.

Small, medium, big, or bigger: what size quilt blocks do you typically sew? Tell us in the comments!

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