Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    Experiment with Color and Contrast to Create Unique Quilt Blocks

    Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Blocks
    Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    The Game Cocks quilt block pattern is all about methods you can use to give the same quilt block an entirely different appearance simply by shifting color and contrast in its patchwork.

    The four examples of the quilt block above are all exactly the same layout, but they look very different from each other. Creating the variations is a cinch once you understand how colors and contrast interact with each other.

    Game Cocks is a five-patch quilt block with lots of patchwork near its center and along...MORE its outer edges. All of those extra bits of fabric provide an opportunity to play with colors to create a unique layout.

    Read through a couple of my quilting articles before you begin experimenting with fabrics.

    Consider a few basic characteristics before you choose fabrics:

    • Warm colors pop out in the design -- try variations of red, yellow, and orange
    • Dark colors pop out, too, but can blend with dark warms.
    • Cool colors, such as blue and green, tend to recede, but look at that vibrant cool green in the upper right quilt block -- it is surrounded by dark fabrics that make it pop.
    • Neutrals can fade to the background but very light neutrals can become dominant

    The end result of any quilt block's appearance depends on the entire mix of fabrics used to create the block. It's something that nearly all of us experiment with every time we design a quilt.

    To see how pairs of these blocks work when combined to make a quilt, be sure to take a look at pages 3 and 4.

    Cutting for One Quilt Block Similar to the Upper Left Layout

    The Game Cocks Quilt Block Finishes at 10" square

    Neutral Background Fabric

    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for star tip background around outer edges
    • (1) 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip for background area of four-patch units at block corners

    Light Yellowish-gold Fabric

    • (1) 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip for darker areas of four-patch units at block corners
    • (1) 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip for units sewn to block's center

    Darker Gold Fabric

    • (1) 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip for units sewn to block's center

    Red Fabric

    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for star tips
    • (1) 1-1/2" x 6-1/4" strip for four-patch units nested under star tips

    Dark or Royal Blue

    • (2) 1-1/2" x 6-1/4" strip for four-patch units nested under star tips

    Gray or other Medium Neutral

    • (1) 1-1/2" x 6-1/4" strip for four-patch units nested under star tips

    Medium Scale Floral or Other Print Fabric

    • (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares for center
    • (1) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip for outer midpoints of block

     

    Continue to 2 of 4 below.
  • 02 of 04

    Sew the Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Block

    Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Block Pattern
    Assemble the Game Cocks Patchwork Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell
    1. Pair a 2-7/8" red square with a neutral square of the same size. Use the quick pieced half square triangle unit method to sew the squares together, creating two units that measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2". Repeat to make seven more units (Fig. 1).
    2. Sew the 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" neutral background strip lengthwise to the light yellowish-gold strip of the same size. Press seam allowance towards the darker strip. Square up one end. Starting from that end, cut (8) 1-1/2" segments from the...MORE strip set (Fig. 2). Sew all segments together in pairs to make four-patch units, like-fabrics positioned diagonally from each other (Fig. 3).
    3. Sew a 1-1/2" x 6-1/4" red strip lengthwise to a blue strip. Press seam allowance towards the red strip. Square up one end and cut (4) 1-1/2" segments (Fig. 4).
    4. Sew a 1-1/2" x 6-1/4" blue strip lengthwise to the gray strip of the same size. Press seam allowance towards the gray strip. Square up and then cut (4) 1-1/2" segments (Fig. 5).
    5. Sew a segment from step 3 to a step 4 segment as shown to create a four-patch unit with blue patches positioned diagonally from each other (Fig. 6). Press. Make three more identical units.
    6. Sew the 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" light yellow-gold and darker gold strips together lengthwise. Sew the 2-1/2" medium scale print strip to the edge of the darker gold strip. Press seam allowances towards the darker strips. Square up one end and cut (4) 2-1/2" segments (Fig. 7).
    7. Arrange one of each type of four patch unit and two half square triangle units into two rows as shown, Figure 8. Sew components of each row together (Fig. 9). Press seam allowances towards the half square triangle units. Join the rows and press seam allowances towards the row with red/blue/gray four patch units. Make three more identical units.
    8. Arrange all patchwork components as shown, lower left, placing the remaining 2-1/2" print square at the center of the middle row. Sew components of each row together.
    9. Press seam allowances towards the center in the top and bottom rows. Press away from the center in the middle row.
    10. Join the rows and press. The quilt block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
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  • 03 of 04

    Example of Quilt Layouts in Red and Gold

    Quilt Blocks
    Quilt Block Layout Variations. Janet Wickell

    This 9-block quilt layout is designed with a mix of the two Game Cocks quilt blocks that feature red and gold fabrics, along with neutrals, blue and green. It looks dramatically different from the layout you'll see on the next page, which are combos that use the two darker versions of the Game Cocks quilt block.

    The quilt on the right differs from the quilt on the left in one way. Blocks are alternated in both, but their positions have changed.

    Continue to 4 of 4 below.
  • 04 of 04

    Example Quilt Layouts in Purple and Black

    These two Game Cocks quilt layouts have a much different appearance than the layouts on page 3. The quilts seem more 'compacted to me,' with less flow along their vertical and horizontal lines.

    Which do you prefer? The final design is always your choice. Experiment with fabric placement until you've designed the perfect layout.