Double T, October 2016

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Changing the scale of a block can dramatically impact a quilt, and altering the scale of a traditional block is a fun and easy way to make a modern traditionalist quilt. In this Block of the Month lesson, you’ll learn how to increase or decrease a block’s size and use scale (along with other modern quilting design fundamentals) to create a modern quilt. This month, we’re exploring scale with the traditional Double T block (sometimes called the Capital T or Cut the Corners).


Many modern quilters often mix scale to create modern traditional quilts. In this example, we’ve used the small (6”), classic (12”) and large (24”) blocks and created an alternate grid layout of blocks.

In this example, we’ve created a jumbo scale block at 48” and placed it on point. The cropping of the quilt block and asymmetric layout helps to modernize the quilt.

Combined with a modern color layout, we have used the large scale 24” block with alternate grid work and asymmetry to create a modern quilt.

Here we put the large scale 24” blocks on point and added negative space through alternate gridwork. The blocks are an equal ratio from the other.

This quilt uses the classic scale 12” block. We added expansive negative space in the borders and extended the center blocks on each edge by using part of the block (1/3 block, to be precise). This creates an unexpected element and extends the focal point further toward the edge for added interest.

This quilt uses the block at a small scale 6” in a traditional row-and-column grid. To modernize the quilt, we removed the middle and left only a border.

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