Friday, October 18, 2019

Free and Easy Kimono Quilt Block

Who's got Asian fabrics in their stash? Wondering what to do with them? How about making kimono blocks for a quick and easy quilt??

easy Kimono block tutorial

I found a stack of these kimono blocks while looking through my stash.

Most of the blocks were made by fellow guild members years ago, and unfortunately, there weren't enough to complete a quilt, which is a bit of a draw back and probably why they were stored so long. 

After deciding on a layout, I needed to make up four more blocks. Having no instructions, I whipped out the ruler to get an idea of the size HST's needed, and thought I'd share a tutorial on making a kimono block.

The following instructions will make 2 (two) 9.5" unfinished kimono blocks, 9" finished. Make as many as desired!!

Kimono Block Instructions

Cut squares for HST's (half-square triangles)

From BOTH print and background fabrics, cut 1 (one) 7" square. 
Also cut 5 (five) 4" squares from each fabric.

7 inch squares for 6.5 inch HSTs
7 inch squares

4 inch squares for 3.5 inch HSTs
4 inch squares

Make HST's

Draw diagonal lines on all squares of either the print or background, whichever is easier to see.

draw diagonal lines
draw diagonal lines

Pair together a print and background square - 1 (one) 7" pair, and 5 (five) 4" pairs. Stitch a scant 1/4" on either side of the diagonal line.
stitch a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line
stitch a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line

Cut on the line, press seams open. This will help reduce fabric layer buildup when the HST's are joined together.
two HST squares
two HST's

Place a ruler's diagonal mark on the seam, and trim the large HST's to 6.5", and the small HST's to 3 .5". There are a total of 2 (two) 6.5" HST's, and 10 (ten) 3.5" HST's.

Assemble the Kimono Block

Follow the layout below for the Kimono block.

kimono block layout

Stitch 2 (two) 3.5" HST's together on the side, and 3 (three) together along the bottom, being sure to rotate the last HST.
Press seams open.

Stitch the pair along the side, pressing seam open. Then add the threesome along the bottom, again, pressing seams open.

kimono block half assembled

And ta-da -- a Kimono block!

easy Kimono block

Repeat as many times as desired to make your own Kimono quilt. 
Happy Quilting!

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  1. Thank you, Susan!!! Adorable block and it would make a fabulous quilt!

  2. Such a cute block! It would be a great way to surround an oriental print panel.

  3. I *don't* have any Asian prints in my stash. I may need to remedy that!


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