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The Tornado Quilt Block

layout of 5-patch tornedo quilt blocks

The Tornado Quilt block is another great 5-patch quilt block.

grids of the tornado quilt blockAs you can see from the picture with the grids at the left, the Tornado quilt block is made from  squares, rectangles and half square triangles.

The center is a square, and then the rest of the small squares on the sides of the block can be cut as a rectangle.

Finally you have the small half square triangles.

This is a great block to make use of your fabric scraps.  Again, value is the key to making this block.  Make all your half square triangles with a light and a medium or a light and a dark colored fabric.

If you plan each grid or patch to finish at 2 inches, your block will finish at 10 inches.  You will cut your center square 2 1/2 x 2 1/2  inches.  Cut your rectangles 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, and follow the directions on the half square triangle page for those small units, or use a shortcut technique.

Whenever you are making more than just one block, you can usually find ways to strip piece some of the units to speed up the process.

Here is a visual of the Tornado quilt block with a few other 5-patch quilt blocks.


the wedding ring quilt block with other 5-patch quilt blocksthe double 4-patch with other 5-patch quilt blocksthe tornado quilt block with other 5-patch quilt blocks





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Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.



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Twin 529
Double 624
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