A Keyhole Quilt is a traditional quilt block that is traditionally made in two colors. For a fresh approach, you might consider using three colors to accentuate the key hole. I love the movement with the design. It is a perfect quilt block for beginners, as it only uses squares, strip sets and half square triangles.
In doing some research, I discovered that there are several quilt patterns all referred to as a Keyhole Quilt Pattern. This version of the pattern is credited to being designed by Aunt Kate, a magazine that was published between July 1962 and July 1967.(1) I’m going to refer to it as the Keyhole Quilt Pattern Version 1. Here is another version of the Keyhole quilt block that is popular today.
The traditional quilt block only uses two fabrics. Here is the layout of the quilt block. It is six (6) patches wide and six (6) rows high.
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Here is a fabric calculator to help you determine how much fabric for one block of the Keyhole quilt pattern version 1.
Here is a mock up of how this block would look as a quilt:
Next, I mocked up a version where the keyhole in the block is highlighted, using a third color fabric for the pattern.
Have fun with this quilt block. Mix up colors and see what happens!
(1) Source: Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, compiled by Barbara Brackman
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