Practical orchard quilt block

Practical Orchard

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

A 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

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

*SQ = Square/Squares

Cut 4 SQ from Dark fabric & Light Fabric
Cut 1 sq from Dark fabric & Light Fabric

6 inches

2.5 inches

3-1/4 inches

9 inches

3.5 inches

4-1/4 inches

12 inches

4.5 inches

5-1/4 inches

Practical orchard quilt block
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Video tutorial of the Practical Orchard quilt block

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