Card Trick quilt block tutorial

Card Trick

The Card Trick quilt block seems very, very difficult. I admit I was intimidated when I first saw it…But fear no more! The Quilt Codex has the solution.

Card Trick quilt block
via @lalala.patchwork
A little bit of history

via “Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns”

The Card Trick  quilt block was designed in the 1970’s by Gutcheon in McCall’s. Beth and Jeffrey Gutcheon were quilt book authors and McCall’s magazine has been publishing all kinds of patterns and books forever.

“Jeff Gutcheon did design the card trick block back in the 70’s. He and Beth (who also wrote The Perfect patchwork Primer, and is now a distinguished and successful fiction writer) were WAY ahead of their time. Their Quilt Design Workbook was by far the most innovative and influential book on contemporary quilting. Things like chain piecing, and new designs such as card trick and many other features were considered great leaps of quilting in a day where all you could find were ditsy calicos.”

Card Trick quilt
via Amish Country Quilts

In this version of the Card Trick quilt block tutorial I am using a technique for the making of the Half Square Triangles, that has little fabric waste. So the cutting has to be very careful and precise.

And 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

*SQ = Square/Squares

Cut 1 sq from eACH color 1, color2 color 3, color 4 & 2 sq from white fabric
CUT 1 SQ FROM EACH COLOR 1, COLOR2 COLOR 3, COLOR 4 & 2 sq from white fabric

9 inches

3-7/8 iches

4-1/4 inches

12 inches

4-7/8 iches

5-1/4 inches

15 inches

5-7/8 iches

6-1/4 inches

Card Trick Quilt
via Grain Handmade
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Card Trick quilt
via a Maiden hair fern

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

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