Practical Orchard

Practical orchard quilt block

The Practical Orchard quilt block is a simple beginner block, perfect for learning the Quarter Square Triangles and the making of an hourglass unit. It is also featured as a block on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt, and it is really beautiful.

practical orchard quilt
via Hey Porkchop!

A little bit of history

via Early Women Masters

practical-orchard-cabotA version of the Practical Orchard quilt block is offered by Nancy Cabot (see her unusually rough, seemingly rustic drawing left) in the Chicago Daily Tribune, in June, 1934, claims it as an “ideal medium for the beginner.”

Practical orchard would seem to refer to an old orchard no longer bearing fruit, but which is grafted over so that it bears fruit again.

practical orchard quilt block
This one is from my Farmer's Wife Quilt
Practical orchard quilt block
Demo quilt by @zarkadia

Cutting Instructions for the Practical Orchard quilt block

You should always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.

Finished Block Size Cut 4 squares from Dark fabric and Light Fabric Cut 1 square from Dark fabric and Light Fabric
6” 2.5” 3 1/4”
9” 3.5” 4 1/4”
12” 4.5” 5 1/4”
Practical orchard quilt block
Demo quilt by @zarkadia
Practical orchard quilt block
Demo quilt by @zarkadia

Video tutorial of the Practical Orchard quilt block

I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on how to make the PRACTICAL ORCHARD quilt block and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more quilt blocks!

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