Alex Quilt Block – Free Quilt Block Pattern

Well, hello there! Today I have a free quilt block pattern for you – it’s called the Alex quilt block and it’s a good one for your scraps.

Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern and tutorial at Bonjour Quilts

I’m not really sure how you’d describe this quilt block. It’s some sort of cross/log cabin/stitch-and-flip hybrid. If it reminds you of anything be sure to let me know.

In the meantime, let’s start sewing!

Fabric Requirements

Each block needs 3 fabrics for the design, plus a background fabric. Have some fun rifling through your scrap pile and F8 stash to find some colours that work well together.

An easy 12-1/2" unfinished free modern quilt block pattern, perfect for use with scraps or F8s. Find the tutorial at Bonjour Quilts.

Try to choose non-directional fabrics so you don’t have to worry about which way is up when you’re sewing. You can see the cutting requirements below, from C1 on the left (inner part of the block) out to C3 (the outer triangle).

Cutting instructions for an easy 12-1/2" unfinished free modern quilt block pattern, perfect for use with scraps or F8s. Tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts.

Sew the Quilt Block Components

Let’s start sewing! We’ll complete the three colour areas in turn, and then sew the whole shebang together at the end.

In my illustrations you’ll see little arrows alongside the sewn units – these are pressing recommendations. In this block I am pressing all the seams outward, but you’re free to do as you please (there aren’t any nesting seams within the block). However, if you’re sewing a bunch of these together without sashing then I recommend pressing each block alternately (one block inward, one block outward). That way the seams along the outer edges of the blocks will nest when you sew the blocks together.

First up, let sew the long arm of the central cross. Sew the small background pieces to either end of the long cross strip:

Quilting tutorial for the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

Next, we’ll prepare the short arms of the central cross. Sew the background and cross rectangles together as shown below and then cut in half to give the two smaller cross arms:

Quilting tutorial for the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

OK, that’s C1 done and dusted. Let’s move on to C2. Sew some more strips together and then cut apart to give the log and short ‘logs’ for the log cabin section of the quilt block:

Quilting tutorial for the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

And now we’ll finish with C3 – the easy stitch-and-flip blocks. If you like you can sew an extra seam past the first one to save the offcuts as a HST.

Quilting tutorial for the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

Nice work – that’s all our small components sewn up. Here comes the fun part.

Let’s Sew This Quilt Block Pattern Together!

First up let’s sew the four corner units for the quilt block. For each corner unit you’ll need a C3 triangle unit and one SHORT and one LONG C2 component. Make sure you get one SHORT and one LONG, otherwise you’ll have a lopsided block!

Quilting tutorial for the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

Again, I’m pressing my seams outward but if you’re making a non-sashed quilt remember to press half of your blocks inward as well.

Now we have our four corner units we can sew together the half-blocks. Sew a corner unit either side of each of the short cross (C1) pieces. Make 2 of these half-blocks.

Quilting tutorial for a free quilt block pattern.

And finally, sew the two quilt block halves either side of the long C1 cross unit. Ta-da, you’ve just finished your Alex Quilt Block!

Sewing the two halves of the Alex quilt block together. A free quilt block pattern tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.

The Alex Quilt Block is 12½” unfinished and 12″ finished (sewn to its neighbours).

Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern and tutorial at Bonjour Quilts. A great 12" (finished) block that can be made with scraps.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this free quilt block pattern and that you have the opportunity to use it to reduce your scrap pile.

Colour Placement

One of my favourite parts of making this block is deciding which colour goes where. For my second block I planned to use this blue-white-lime combination (all beautiful Carolyn Friedlander fabrics).

Blue and lime Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for a quilt block

I recommend deciding on a background colour first and then get into the nitty gritty of the colours inside the block. Here are the ways I could have arranged my navy, white and lime fabrics:

Different colour arrangements for a Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern tutorial at Bonjour Quilts

And that’s just on one (light blue) background. Once you change the background you can generate that many block options again.

For something different I decided to remove the lime and try a 2 tone block, just blue and white. Here are the arragements I played with:

Different blue and white colour arrangements for a Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern tutorial at Bonjour Quilts

And here’s the block I sewed up:

A blue and white Alex quilt block - a free quilt block pattern by Bonjour Quilts

I find when using prints (rather than solids) the pattern’s lines look a little softer, which can be a nice design change.

Hmm, this would be fun on point as well.

Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern and tutorial at Bonjour Quilts. A great 12" (finished) block that can be made with scraps.

If you liked this tutorial then you’ll also like my Adori Quilt Block tutorial.

The Adori and Alex Blocks are cousins, sharing some design DNA. The Adori Block also measures 12½” unfinished so you can mix and match them easily. I think they would look great together as alternate blocks in a quilt. You can easily keep track of pressing your seams with the two blocks – press the Alex inwards, the Adori outwards, etc.

(Those with sharp eyes will notice I made an error with the Alex Block seen below. I accidentally cut my C3 squares at 3″ instead of 3½”. D’oh!)

An Alex and an Adori quilt block made in Art Gallery Fabrics (predominantly)

Happy sewing, and as always if you do make one please email me a photo or tag me on Instagram or Facebook. It makes my day to see your creations!

Cheers,

Kirsty

Alex Quilt Block - a free quilt block pattern and tutorial at Bonjour Quilts. A great 12" (finished) block that can be made with scraps.

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22 thoughts on “Alex Quilt Block – Free Quilt Block Pattern”

  1. Another wonderful block to try and I haven’t finished my In the Stars yet! Those pesky chores like cooking keep getting in the way! Thanks – it looks very good and your directions are easy to follow!

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    • Cooking and housework are indeed very annoying when you’re in the middle of a quilt fever. Might be time to embrace the dust bunnies and order in take out ????

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  2. Love your block Kirsty! Wow…squares, rectangles, stitch and flip plus possible extra hsts and all your color combos for inspiration. Certainly an easy scrapbuster for those of us who want and or need to whittle down our ever growing stash. Thanks for all the work you put in to share this delightful block.

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    • Thank you, Anndee, I’m so glad you like it. Scraps are a continuing problem for me (I suspect I’m not the only one) and I’m always keen on making scrap blocks.

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  3. Great Block to play with our scraps; so many fun options. The on point view is really super! It does look great with the Adori block which I love! Any possibility of turning this great block into a PDF or did I miss it reading your blog? Thank you for sharing this with the quilting community.

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  4. OOh – on point is “on point”!! Already visualizing this with some of my scrappy low volume as the background fabrics. My brain also went “non scrappy” with a “how can I make strip sets and make 20 of these” thought process. So many possibilities.

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  5. When I saw your beautiful Alex quilt square this morning, my first impulse was to duplicate it—fabric and color. This, of course, will have the opposite effect of reducing my scrap stash. Your instructions use fabrics already at hand.
    You have not only inspired me, but also shown me exactly how to go about trying other options.
    Thanks for the reminder that playing with fabric is one of the joys of quilting.
    Sandy
    Hurst, Texas

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    • Absolutely, Sandy – let your scrap pile be your guide. It’s likely filled with fabrics you love and colours that will suit your home x x

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