Small center square

Sometimes it's hard to tell how a block with a small center square is put together. Aside from the Shoofly-style blocks built on 5x5 grids, the small-center-square blocks are as different as they are alike. Many are based on grids of 5 squares by 5 squares. Others are based on star grids, and others are the center four pieces of blocks with grids of larger than 6x6.

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5-patch Shoofly blocks
Grandmother's Choice
Grandmother's Choice
Duck & Ducklings
Duck & Ducklings

Churn Dash

Hull's Victory

Jackson Star

Old Maid's Patience

Crow's Foot
Leap Frog (LAC)
Leap Frog

Fanny's Favorite
Or is it more like . . . ?

Spring Beauty

Road to
Grids = patches

Quilters tend to think of a grid less as a group of lines than as a group of squares — that is, patches of fabric — so we almost always describe quilt blocks by layout rather than grid size.

4-patch. Large center squares are typically based on a 4x4 grid with 16 squares. A block based on a 2x2 grid, with 4 squares, is usually called a 4-patch too — sometimes a "double 4-patch." Blocks of 8 squares by 8, and other multiples of 4, are also called 4-patches.

9-patch. Medium center squares are usually based on a 3x3 grid with 9 squares.

5-patch Small center squares are often in blocks based on a 5x5 grid.

1-patch. If all the patches are the same size and shape, the block is called a 1-patch.