Quiz: how many of these quilt-block designs have you made?

50 classic quilt blocks quizToday we’ve got a quilting query for you: how many classic quilt blocks have you made? We’ve scoured the ultimate resource for traditional quilt blocks, 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks, in search of the some of the most timeless, classic quilt blocks we know. And now we want to know if you’ve sewn these pretty pieces of patchwork!

You’ll see many familiar quilt-block names below, along with a few less-common designs and a dash of blocks you may never have seen before. Since so many quilters have changed up block designs over the years, block variations count toward your total. For instance, if you’ve made the Monkey Wrench quilt block, count the Wrench block below as one you’ve made.

Tally up how many blocks you’ve sewn; then claim your new quilting title below. It’s all in fun of course—be sure to add your favorite blocks of all time in the comments!


50 CLASSIC QUILT-BLOCK DESIGNS

Album quilt block
1. Album
Anvil quilt block
2. Anvil
Basket quilt block
3. Basket
Bear's Paw quilt block
4. Bear’s Paw

Bear's Paw quilt
“Bear’s Paw” from The Big Book of Patchwork by Judy Hopkins

Birds in the Air quilt block
5. Birds in the Air
Broken Dishes quilt block
6. Broken Dishes
Cake Stand quilt block
7. Cake Stand
Card Trick quilt block
8. Card Trick
Churn Dash quilt block
9. Churn Dash
Contrary Wife quilt block
10. Contrary Wife

All in a Row quilt
Churn Dash: “All in a Row” from Simple Comforts by Kim Diehl (get the ePattern)

Corn and Beans quilt block
11. Corn and Beans
Cotton Reels quilt block
12. Cotton Reels
Cracker quilt block
13. Cracker
Crown of Thorns quilt block
14. Crown of Thorns
Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block
15. Dutchman’s Puzzle
Economy Patch quilt block
16. Economy Patch
Flying Geese quilt block
17. Flying Geese
Four Patch quilt block
18. Four Patch

Double Four Patch quilt
Four Patch: “Double Four Patch” from
The Big Book of Patchwork by Judy Hopkins

Gentlemen's Fancy quilt block
19. Gentlemen’s Fancy
Goose Tracks quilt block
20. Goose Tracks
Hovering Hawks quilt block
21. Hovering Hawks
Irish Chain quilt block
22. Irish Chain
Jack in the Box quilt block
23. Jack in the Box
Jacob's ladder quilt block
24. Jacob’s Ladder
Kansas Troubles quilt block
25. Kansas Troubles
Lady of the Lake quilt block
26. Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake quilt
“Lady of the Lake” from
The Big Book of Patchwork by Judy Hopkins

Missouri Star quilt block
27. Missouri Star
Next Door Neighbor quilt block
28. Next Door Neighbor
Ocean Wave quilt block
29. Ocean Wave
Ohio Star quilt block
30. Ohio Star

Ohio Star Crossing quilt
Ohio Star (with Checkerboard blocks): “Ohio Star Crossing” from
The Blue and the Gray by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

Old Maid's Puzzle quilt block
31. Old Maid’s Puzzle
Peace and Plenty quilt block
32. Peace and Plenty
Perkiomen Valley quilt block
33. Perkiomen Valley
Puss in the Corner quilt block
34. Puss in the Corner

Perkiomen Valley Nine Patch quilt
“Perkiomen Valley Nine Patch” from
Nine by Nine by Cyndi Hershey (get the ePattern)

Railroad Crossing quilt block
35. Railroad Crossing
Red Cross quilt block
36. Red Cross
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt block
37. Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Rocky Road quilt block
38. Rocky Road
Sawtooth quilt block
39. Sawtooth
Shoo Fly quilt block
40. Shoo Fly

Amish-Inspired Shoo Fly quilt
Shoo Fly: “Amish-Inspired Shoo Fly” from
Bits and Pieces by Karen Costello Soltys (get the ePattern)

Snail's Trail quilt block
41. Snail’s Trail
Square on Square quilt block
42. Square on Square
Stepping Stones quilt block
43. Stepping Stones
Turkey in the Straw quilt block
44. Turkey in the Straw
Turnstile quilt block
45. Turnstile
Underground Railroad quilt block
46. Underground Railroad
Union Square quilt block
47. Union Square
Wild Goose Chase quilt block
48. Wild Goose Chase
Windmill quilt block
49. Windmill
Wrench quilt block
50. Wrench

Midnight Goldenrod quilt
Wrench: “Midnight Goldenrod” from
Farm Girl Quilts by Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer


So, how’d you do? See what our (completely trivial) scoring board says about you!

Four Patch quilt block Made 1-10 blocks? You’re a Solid Stitcher. Not bad—and there’s a lot more quilt-block fun to be had!

Missouri Star quilt block Made 9-20 blocks? You’re a Savvy Sewist. Your sewing-machine motor is revved up: keep going!

Lady of the Lake quilt block Made 21-30 blocks? You’re a Quintessential Quilter. Hey, you’ve been around the block a few times. Literally!

Corn and Beans quilt block Made 31-40 blocks? You’re a Piecing Pro. You’ve got your sewing-machine pedal to the metal—and you’ve got major stitching smarts.

Bear's Paw quilt block Made 41-50 blocks? You’re a Patchwork Professor. You could be teaching this stuff—or are you already?

501 Rotary-Cut Quilt BlocksAll the quilt blocks in our quiz are featured in the book 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins. This master compilation includes cutting and construction directions for each block in six different sizes, resulting in more than 3,000 different block possibilities. Click here to see the other 451 blocks!


Cutting chart for Churn Dash quilt block
Example cutting chart from
501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks


Which traditional quilt blocks would you add to our classics list? Name them in the comments!


69 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Well, I rate as a "solid stitcher". I love traditional blocks but I seem to make the same ones over and over. But that’s probably because I also love to make art quilts….but this book sounds awesome. Block #45, Turnstile appeals to me. Thanks!

    —Connie on April 10, 2014
  • First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Many thanks!

    Thanks for the compliment, Iris; we’re glad you enjoy it. The blog is actually written by a lot of different people and everyone has their own approach to writing. My advice is to start putting words on paper – you’ll see things start to come together! Good luck with your work! –Jenny

    —Iris on April 10, 2014
  • I have made 16 of these blocks so according to your test I’m a Savvy Sewist! 9 patch, variable star, and honeybee are also very traditional blocks that should be on that list and which I have made many times.

    —Marie Atkinson on April 10, 2014
  • I love Log Cabin. So versatile.

    —Heather Price on April 10, 2014
  • Patchwork Professor here. I have this book, along with about seven other "blocks only" books. It is fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to expand there knowledge of blocks. My problem, I ca never remember the block names! Too many I guess.

    —Linda on April 10, 2014
  • 42> That does not make me an expert, just a curious quilter that likes to try a new and different block all the time. I do mostly sampler type quilts because of the variety.

    —Diana on April 10, 2014
  • Unfortunately I can’t think of one new one. You seem to have covered them all. I have made dozens from Judy’s books
    I love Judy Hopkins’ books. My favorite is the cracker block. I love the ability to make different sized blocks. So cool.

    —Patricia Roberts on April 10, 2014
  • I would add the Ohio Star. I am a Solid Stitcher as I have only made 4 of these.

    —Dianne Reed on April 10, 2014
  • Umm… None. Im my defence, I’m a fairly new quilter and have 4 small finished projects so far. I have plans for 8 – 10 of these blocks.

    —Jen B on April 10, 2014
  • I would add the basic pinwheel, it can be made is so many variations. I’m a Savvy Sewist always on the lookout for new block to try.

    —Kathy Hancock on April 10, 2014
  • I purchased a die to cut Dresden Plate and have made 4 – 21 inch plates and love love this block! With the die to cut it is fast an accurate and very fun!

    —Marilynn on April 10, 2014
  • I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sampler blocks, Blocks of the Month, anything that introduces me to a new technique. I think this has come about from 35 years of teaching school and having to repeat things so many times! "Been there, done that," I like to try new things and then move on. I seldom make a quilt that contains the same block over and over-BORING! While I like to try new fabrics, I still have my favorites.

    —Rosemary on April 10, 2014
  • I counted three! And all of them could be paper pieced!

    —Lynne on April 10, 2014
  • 23 of them are ones I’m sure I’ve made. I’d add Sawtooth Star to my "classics" list. I make a lot of them and they are great for showing off big prints!

    Beth Strand on April 10, 2014
  • I have made many of the blocks, – more than 10. I tend to vary them, so perhaps they don’t appear exactly the same as the illustrations. The two blocks that I would include are the simple 9-patch (which you can even see in the centre of Kin Diehl’s churn dash quilt), and the 8-pointed star.

    Gail G on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made between 41 and 50 of the blocks. I have Judy Hopkins’ Around the Block books (as separate volumes). The first one is usually the first place I go when I need to make a particular block for a swap. The way each block is laid out makes it easy to follow and I appreciate all the size variations.

    Nann on April 10, 2014
  • Love this blog…I was surprised to be a Savvy Sewist due to the fact that I still feel like such a newbie. The guild I belong to has taught us lots of block patterns and the class I took on Craftsy taught a lot too.

    Susan Paxton on April 10, 2014
  • I a new quilter so churn dash is the only one

    —Kathy Luehrs on April 10, 2014
  • I haven’t made any on your list. I’ve made snowball, Tennessee waltz. I love Mariners compass. Stars and pinwheels are favorites.

    —Quilting Tangent on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made at least 15 of those blocks My favorite is the churn dash block.

    —Lyn Harris on April 10, 2014
  • Not so many…. but I’d add Bow tie to the list

    —TRACY DVR on April 10, 2014
  • Well, I’m tickled to say that I’ve made 31 different blocks because I have this exact book! Last spring, I made a spring/summer sampler quilt in greens and yellows plus a pillow. I’d never made a sampler quilt before so I went through Judy’s book and picked out the ones that "called out" to me. The nice thing about samplers is that you don’t get bored doing the same ol’ thing, block after block! Here’s the ones I made: Around the Corner, Broken Star, Buckwheat, Corn & Beans, Crow’s Foot, Fair & Square, Federal Square, Flock of Geese, Flying Cloud, Four Squares, Four-Four Time, Friendship Chain, Georgetown Square, Hopkins Square, Hour Glass II, Indian Star, London Square, Milennium, Ohio Star, Old Favorite, Old Grey Goose, Rhode Island, Rosebud, Salute to the Colors, Strip Heart, Summer Winds, Toad in a Puddle, Triangle Squares, Vines at the Window and Wheel of Time. Whew!

    Susan Mulvihill on April 10, 2014
  • This page is wonderful! I appreciate all of the block patterns with names. I enjoy samplers & bargelloes most of all. Thank you for posting this.

    Dawn Payne on April 10, 2014
  • My favorite….Schoolhouse Block!

    —Hattie Van Dyk on April 10, 2014
  • The block you referred to as Ohio Star, according to the history I’ve read, was originally called "Evening Star" and originated in the 1800’s.

    —Cheryl L on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made 42 of them. Fun post!

    —Marianne on April 10, 2014
  • I am a piecing pro at 31blocks in 27 years not too shabby !

    —Mari Paradise on April 10, 2014
  • Oh I forgot. My all time favorite block is the churn dash

    —Mari Paradise on April 10, 2014
  • I ranked under Quintessential Quilter. It’s fun to think back over all the quilts and different blocks. You don’t have sawtooth star, any pinwheels, log cabin, nine patch, sixteen patch. I love books about blocks, so much fun to see them all lined up or even what someone else pairs them with!

    —Sara on April 10, 2014
  • I am a solid stitcher and I love a log cabin block!

    —Lee on April 10, 2014
  • I have made two Sampler Quilts using many of these blocks. It is a good way to use up scraps also. My favorite block is the Log Cabin block which did not make your list.

    —Barbara Reifsnider on April 10, 2014
  • Seventeen! I need to branch out a bit. My favorite all time block is the Road to Oklahoma. I am an Okie, after all!

    —Linda Bazemore on April 10, 2014
  • I have made none of these blocks. I like strip quilting. Either the quilt-in-a-day or just nice big strips, then border them. I let the fabric do the work. I collected some batiks to make a bedspread for MY bed. I don’t want them all cut up! I want to enjoy looking at the fabrics all in one place and not my stash. I’m a dressmaker. I use simple patterns there too and let the beautiful fabric do the work. I like quilts and I love the fabrics. If I took time to do all the little pieces, it would never get done. It would get buried first.

    Thank you for the tour of all those quilt blocks!

    The only quilt blocks I have done are log cabin, crazy quilt and split rail. Oh, I did a bow tie once! The 3-d version.

    —Mama2eight on April 10, 2014
  • I was surprised to find I’m just short of a Quintessential Quilter! This was fun, reminding myself of all the blocks I’ve made, and the progress I’ve made as a quilter.

    —Karen on April 10, 2014
  • well i’m a solid stitcher and think that there are a few blocks that need to be added. the log cabin 54-40 and friendship star for a few.

    —leah on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made enough to be a not-so-new beginner. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    —Linda on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made 23 of the blocks in your list.

    I would add to your list of classics: Drunkard’s Path, Melon Patch, Cathedral Window, Cross and Crown, Bow Tie, Apple Core…

    Love the traditional blocks!

    —Elizabeth on April 10, 2014
  • My favorite block is Card Trick. It looks harder than it really is, and it’s a very pretty block.

    —gail on April 10, 2014
  • My all-time favorite block is Storm at Sea. It is about the only block I’ve used to make multiple quilts.

    —Billie Shannon on April 10, 2014
  • I made 15 of the blocks you listed, plus drunkard’s path & sawtooth star – so add those last to your list. I’ve also made 2 different basket blocks, one with HST handles & one with appliqued handle strips. But I’ve only just begun! 5 years & counting…………

    —Joy B on April 10, 2014
  • This is a nice collection of quilt blocks, but I didn’t see the Friendship Star or the 9-patch Maple Leaf.

    —Joanne Lenigan on April 10, 2014
  • I love all quilt blocks, but I would add PINWHEEL as one of my all-time favorites.

    —Kathy Biciocchi on April 10, 2014
  • I’ve made 13 of the blocks but would add a few more. Birds in the air, Evening Star, Milky Way and Jacob’s Ladder all seem like they should be on the list! My first block was a Rocky Mountain Puzzle block, not the easiest block for a beginner! Back then it was just a few blocks to make couch pillows for friends who were getting married. I’ve come a long way since those days!

    —Carol C on April 10, 2014
  • I would add the Indian Hatchet its a lovely block!

    —Janie on April 11, 2014
  • Wow! This was an eye-opener! I have made many quilts, but of the blocks shown, I have only make 6. No wonder I have to live to 500 years old to get everything done I want to do….

    —Janet on April 11, 2014
  • I’m a solid stitcher. I guess the classic blocks just aren’t my thing. Had fun making those though.

    —Sandra on April 11, 2014
  • Stamp Basket, Broken Dishes, and Log Cabin

    —Barbara Ostrander on April 11, 2014
  • I think log cabin blocks should be added, I feel they’re one of the most versatile blocks ever.

    —jane d on April 11, 2014
  • Simple Pinwheel and Friendship Star. Some of the ones pictured I couldn’t remember if I’d made or just thought about making.

    —Karen Falvey on April 11, 2014
  • I host a quilt party at a craft shop in my town, and over the last several years, I have made over 100 different quilt blocks to teach to the quilters who participate in the party. We started with 4-grid blocks, then progressed through 5-grid and 6-grid blocks. We are currently revisiting some additional 5-grid blocks. The quilters have really liked doing this, and it is so fun to see their finished sampler quilts that are so varied based on the fabric choices and setting. I recommend at least one block only book to anyone who quilts.

    Loy on April 11, 2014
  • According to my tally, I am a Quintessential quilter, but have done many more blocks than you have shown. Log cabin is one of my favorites, as well as Drunkards Path, Friendship star and disappearing 9-patch (although I guess that one doesn’t qualify as an old time block.) Fan blocks are also wonderful.

    —jed on April 11, 2014
  • 19 of the blocks on your list! My other favorites include Friendship Star, Milky Way, Variable Star, Log Cabin, Mosaic #6, and The Palm. Many of these can also be paper pieced.

    —Linda Towers on April 11, 2014
  • Umm… I got a big fat 0. I typically am not drawn to sew "traditional" quilts although I do admire them. I would have thought though that after over a decade of quilting, I would have done at least one. Nope! I prefer the more modern blocks and quilts to sew.

    —Anita S. on April 11, 2014
  • Turkey in the Straw. snails trail and Card Trick are I have wanted to make, As I make a lot of small quilts i.e.: scrapbook covers, My blocks are usually small like 4 patch, and flying geese.

    —Elizajane on April 12, 2014
  • Love them all. I teach a quilt block class, and have made 25 quilt blocks you have shown. Have also made at least 25 more.

    —Fern on April 12, 2014
  • I’ve made 33 of those blocks–mostly for sampler quilts or guild lottos. Some of my favorites not listed are Winding Ways (or Wheel of Mystery), Kaleidoscope, Rosebud and Nosegay. What a fun post!

    —Miriam on April 12, 2014
  • I have made about 25 of these blocks–Cake Stand and Ohio Star are among my favorites.

    —Regina Harris on April 12, 2014
  • Twenty seven of those you have listed. My most recent was shoo fly.
    I thought I was making the churn dash block and was disappointed when it got into my quilt to find that it was the simpler shoo fly. Churn dash is really my favorite block. It works up so nice.

    —Diane on April 12, 2014
  • I would add Log Cabin & Snowball to your list of classics. That looks like an awesome book!!!

    —Gail on April 16, 2014
  • This was fun–but I didn’t do too well–I bet because I do my own thing

    Lorraine on April 16, 2014
  • I love everything! I want to make all of them! I want to try Underground Railroad, stepping stones, snail’s trail and Jacob’ ladder! There are a lot more! I bought this awesome book to create sampler quilts! How many have I done? Zero! I’m trying to finish my other 100 projects! It’s one of those"when I retire" projects! I just love everything to do with quilting!!!!!!

    —Danette Roundy on June 2, 2014
  • I have been making sampler quilts with my 4-year-old granddaughter. She picks out blocks she likes from my Block Tool, and picks out the fabrics and I make them. I have learned quite a few new blocks myself this way, and we spend precious time together. She has designed 4 quilts this way, with 12 blocks each, and picks out some new ones each time, so I am challenged to try new things.

    —Donna Bays on August 13, 2014
  • I would add Ragged Robin to my favorites list

    —Cynde Wood on August 13, 2014
  • almost a patchwork professor, , but have made many more patterns than those listed. LOVE stars, from simple to complicated; but I just Love to quilt, almost any pattern and my own designs.

    —Norma on March 13, 2015
  • I have made about 44 of the blocks over the years but have made others not shown. I probably have made log cabin and variations the most. Always find a new one I want to try.

    —Peggy on April 30, 2015
  • I love classic quilts and quilt blocks. My favorite quilts to make are samplers. I have probably made about 42 of the 50 blocks.

    —Liz Dyer on March 29, 2016
  • Log cabin, snail trail, square in a square and pinwheels are my favourites

    —Kerry on October 7, 2016
  • I’m savvy, but I have to say that that Judy Hopkins book is one of my favorites—so many blocks and variations all in one place!

    —Carole S. on March 28, 2018
  • Without checking actual photos of my quilts, I counted up 19! One of my all time favorites is Ohio Star.

    —Shannon on March 28, 2018

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