The Rolling Stone Quilt Block

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Last Updated May 12, 2018

The Rolling Stone quilt block, sometimes called Broken Wheel, is a 9-patch block. This means there are 9 equal size units in the block:rolling stone quilt block

     - 4 square-in-a-square units
     - 4 rail fence units
     - 1 square unit

Piece the square-in-a-square unit using any method you wish. Some methods include:

     - using triangles and a square,
     - the stitch and flip method, or
     - paper piecing.

Piece the rail fence units using the strip piecing method – Strip Piecing Tutorial. Learn to piece the square-in-a-square unit using the stitch and flip or paper piecing method. Look below under Additional Information.

Here are two simple settings for the rolling stone quilt block.

rolling stone quilt block

Set block-to-block.

rolling stosne quilt block

With sashing and cornerstones.

Rolling Stone Quilt Block Inspiration

For inspiration and ideas, check out the QuiltNotes Rolling Stone Quilt Block board below.

Variation Block

rolling stone quilt block

A variation of the rolling stone block is the Color Wheel Circle block shown here. This block was taken from the book, Block A Day, 365 Quilting Squares for Patchwork Inspiration! by Lucinda Ganderton

 

This variation is a 5-patch block. This means the block is divided by 5 to make the units. Instead of using rail fence units, this variation uses a 2-patch unit of squares. This variation might be a bit more difficult to cut because the pieces are not in 1/2″ intervals.  A 12″ finished block, for example would have the small squares finish at 2-2/5″. Additionally, the large squares finish at 2-3/8″. In the Block a Day book, Lucinda provides templates to cut these sizes.

Here are two simple settings for the rolling stone quilt block.

rolling stone quilt block variation

Set block-to-block.

rolling stone quilt block variation

With sashing and cornerstones.

rolling stone block
Rolling Stone Quilt Pattern download by Fat Quarter Shop. 4 quilt sizes.

Additional Information

  • Rolling Stone Tutorial by Sisters and Quilters. This illustrated tutorial shows how to make a 12″ finished rolling stone quilt block using the stitch and flip method.
  • Also using the stitch and flip method, here is a video from Mary Fons.

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