The Card Trick Quilt Pattern is a nine patch quilt block format that uses half square triangles, split quarter square triangles, and a center quarter square triangle unit. It is made with three (3) fabrics, and the layout of the blocks form an interlocking square pattern. This traditional block is also sometimes referred to as the Winning Hand.
The Card Trick Quilt Pattern is a popular traditional quilt block. The illusion of interlocking squares makes it look difficult but, it’s perfect for confident beginners who want to practice their half and quarter square triangles. The Card Trick quilt block can be made with the four (4) ‘cards’ being from two or four colors of fabrics. I’ve made it with two colors of ‘cards’ with a finished size of 9″ square.
The basic construction for this quilt block is four (4) half square triangles, four (4) quarter square triangles and a background fabric for the corners.
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Here is a fabric layout for using two colors:
Here is a fabric calculator that details the fabric cuts for popular sizes for two colors of cards. If you’d like to make each card different in the block, just cut one each of fabrics 2 and 3. Fabric 1 is for the background, squares so those cuts will be the same.
The traditional card trick block is perfect for a baby quilt! If you are making several of the blocks, chain piece each of the different stages of the process to make it quicker. Chain stitching means sewing all of the half-square triangles at once, end to end. Then, sew all of the quarter square triangles together. You’ll have all of your pieces sewn and then putting together the quilt top goes quickly!