Algonquin Charm quilt block

green and pink algonquin charm quilt block with title.

The Algonquin Charm quilt block looks complicated, but if you break it down, it is not difficult to make. It is made with simple shapes and easy piecing.

This block can be used on its own for a beautiful quilt, or try it as part of the Twinkle Sampler Quilt. It has nine different star blocks, so you will be an expert piecer by the time you are done.

Fabric requirements

  • four 3″ squares background fabric
  • four 3″ squares feature fabric
  • four 3″ half-square triangle units background and feature fabric *
  • one 2-1/2″ square feature fabric
  • four 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle background fabric

* Feel free to use your favourite method for half-square triangle units. For this block, I recommend paper piecing if you have papers that will make this size. But any method will be fine.

Block assembly

Begin by laying out all the fabric pieces. It is very easy to get the half-square triangles turned around, so be sure to refer back to the layout throughout the block assembly.

fabric pieces laid out for algonquin charm quilt block.

The first step is to assemble the corner pieces. These are made from two plain squares and two half-square triangle units.

All four corners are identical, but they are in different orientations in the finished block.

green and pink fabric pieces for corners of algonquin charm quilt block

Join each plain square to a half-square triangle unit. Press the seams towards the plain squares.

joining pieces for algonquin charm block corners.

Next, join the pieces together. Since the seams were pressed toward the plain squares, the pieces should naturally nest together when you join them.

corners for algonquin charm quilt block in green and pink fabric.

Once the corners have been assembled, it becomes like a nine-patch block. There are three pieces across and three down.

Join the pieces into three rows. Press the seams toward the background rectangles. This will help the seams nest nicely when you join the rows since they are pressed in alternating directions.

rows for making the algonquin charm quilt block.

Join the rows together. Press the seams toward the inner row.

assembling an algonquin charm quilt block in green and pink fabric.

Add the final row and press.

completed algonquin charm quilt block in green and pink fabric.

You’re done!

Video tutorial

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Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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