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How to Combine Blocks of Different Sizes

Combining blocks of different sizes can be a puzzle. I receive donated blocks for Quilty Hugs every year because the quilter didn’t want to deal with this issue. Today I’d like to share a couple of ways you can use to fix this problem.

When Swap Blocks are Different Sizes

First adding a wonky border around your blocks and then squaring them up to the same size is an easy quick fix. I used this method when combining blocks from swaps. Learn my no waste method for creating wonky sashing here. While I don’t have pictures of those quilts. My Yarn Bomb Trees pattern uses this method.

Combining Blocks to add Scale

Sometimes blocks of different sizes are intentional. Using scale is a fun way to add interest to your quilts. When I do this I keep my blocks in multiples. Like 3″, 6″ and 12″ or 4″, 8″ and 16″. Bear scraps is an example of this. Learn how to scale blocks with my Star Family Block tutorial.

Combining Improv Blocks

One of my favorite methods, improvisational quilting, creates blocks of different sizes just by it’s nature. It really creates a puzzle. But don’t let it scare you. I have a simple method to get all those fun, funky blocks into an amazing quilt. Use this method with any of my improv quilt patterns.

First gather all your fun blocks. and some random sized strips of background fabric. A tape measure is also a handy tool when using this method. Then start adding strips to smaller blocks. Trim as needed to get your blocks the same size. I’ve created a YouTube video for a hands on visual on this process. I hope it helps you get over your fear of different sized blocks. That with a little practice you find it freeing and fun. Enjoy! And remember to share what you create with me.

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