Football Block Tutorial

Yesterday I showed you a football block I designed for my brother’s t-shirt quilt. It’s fairly simple in construction, so I whipped up a mostly pictorial guide on how to assemble one if you’re ever in need.  You know, because American football season is coming up, right? I think? Maybe, surely sometime soon? Well, regardless, if your house needs some man-cave stylings, or you’re just looking for a way to distract your football-loving partner from your ample fabric purchases, here you go!
1. The finished block measures 12.5″ square.
2. Choose three colours of fabric.

3. Start with your 3.25″ x 6.5″ brown rectangle and combine with a green 0.75″ x 6.5″ rectangle.

 4. Lay a 3.5″ green square on the combined unit, right sides together. Draw a line across the diagonal of the square. Sew on this line, and cut off excess fabric a quarter inch away from your sewn line. Iron open. Repeat on other side.
5. Combine this unit with a 1.5″ x 6.5″ white rectangle piece.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 to make another unit exactly the same.
7. Combine (2) 1.25″ x 2.0″ brown rectangles with the 1.0″ x 2.0 white rectangle. Cut this unit in half horizontally.

8. Assemble these two new pieces with the remaining (2) 1.25″ x 2.5″ brown and (3) 1.0″ x 2.5″ white rectangles as per the diagram below and sew together.

 9. This will create this unit which should measure 4.5″ x 2.5″.

 10. Combine with the (2) 4.5″ x 2.5″ brown rectangles.

 11. Assemble all units per the diagram below.

12. Done! This season the man cave will never be the same!

10 Responses

  1. memmens says:

    How weird; footballs in the UK are round!

  2. jill bro says:

    You are so generous to share!! Thank you! We live in one football town, my husband is from another and son-in-law from another. I am going to make a table runner from three of these – one each of each team colors – for the coffee table when they all come over on Sundays (which is the big football day here in the US) for the snacks to sit on.

  3. Cathy says:

    It has definitely started. Thanks for sharing. Been working on quilt ideas for my oldest son and this should fit right in.

  4. Havplenty says:

    Thanks. This block will fit right in to a boy's quilt I am making.

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  5. Farm Quilter says:

    Great tutorial!! Football season started here in the State in late August and is in full swing! This would be a perfect block to make a quilt out of as a fund raising donation for my local school – their colors are purple and black so I would alternate the background colors, keeping the football brown and the lacing white. Thank you!!!

  6. Now that I've seen your tutorial I might come to my senses one evening and find myself in the middle of one of these blocks. I have been escaping to my studio while hubs watches football almost every night! Cable!!! Don't worry, he's not an armchair athlete. Before his bum lands on the couch for the evening it has spent 40-60 miles on a bike. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anita says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Katy Cameron says:

    Lol at Mary's comment! That's a rugby ball with white bits you have there :oD

  9. Amy says:

    Do you think I could enlarge this to make one baby quilt size block?

  10. Ginger says:

    I took the ball and ran with it for a touchdown! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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