Card Trick

Card Trick

The well-known Card Trick block made it into the American Impressions BOM series because when Jutta and her friend Carola travel with other quilters, they usually have a few trump cards up their sleeves to give their fellow travellers a surprise now and then. Such surprises range from April fool jokes and Halloween trick or treating to more surprises yet to be revealed (because the next trip is already in the planning!).

The Card Trick block is easy to make if you cut and sew with care and accuracy. Moreover, you can choose whether you want to have two or four different “cards” in your block. Our instructions here are written for two different cards as this won’t leave any leftovers.

The Card Trick block can be used very well in sampler quilts as its pattern is compatible with a large range of other block patterns: No matter whether the adjacent blocks are stars, appliqué blocks, symmetrical or asymmetrical blocks, the Card Trick will always sit there calmly in its balanced, yet interesting symmetry and coordinate well with a lot of different neighbours.

Finished block size:

12" (ca. 30cm)

For this version of the block, we used Civil War reproduction fabrics in red and black contrasted with an off-white solid as background.

Fabric requirements:

  • Off-white solid background fabric: a rectangle of ca. 6” by 16” (ca. 15 cm by 40 cm)
  • Red fabric: a rectangle of ca. 6” by 16” (ca. 15 cm by 40 cm)
  • Black fabric: rectangle of ca. 6” by 16” (ca. 15 cm by 40 cm)

Note:

As for all template-free blocks or projects on Quilt around the World, seam allowances of ¼” for imperial or 0.75 cm for metric are included in the cutting and sewing instructions.

Cutting

For one block:

Block Diagram

  • Triangle A: From background fabric, cut two (2) 4 7/8” (12.5 cm) squares. Cut the squares diagonally into four half-square triangles.
  • Triangle B: From background fabric, cut one 5 ¼” (13.5 cm) square. Cut the square twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles.
  • Triangle C: From red fabric, cut two (2) 4 7/8” (12.5 cm) squares. Cut the squares diagonally into four half-square triangles.
  • Triangle D: From red fabric, cut one 5 ¼” (13.5 cm) square. Cut the square twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles.
  • Triangle E: From black fabric, cut two (2) 4 7/8” (12.5 cm) squares. Cut the squares diagonally into four half-square triangles.
  • Triangle F: From black fabric, cut one 5 ¼” (13.5 cm) square. Cut the square twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles.

Note: 

Before you start cutting the pieces cut off the selvages. Make a cut exactly on the cross-grain to create a 'clean' starting point for cutting. If you want to cut squares for more than one block, cut strips of the appropriate width across the width of the fabric.

Sewing

1 block

  • Set out your fabric pieces on your worktable.

Fabric Pieces

  • Start with the quarter-square triangles B, D and F.
  • Join one D triangle with one B triangle along one of the shorter sides to make a BD unit. Repeat once to make a second BD unit. Repeat the same process for the B and F triangles to make BF units. Make sure that you place background and patterned fabrics exactly as shown below:

Quarter Square Triangles

  • Join one D triangle with one F triangle. Repeat once. Make sure that the colour placement is exactly as shown below:

Components for Centre Square

  • Join the BD units to E triangles and BF units to C triangles to form squares.
  • Join the remaining C and E triangles to A triangles.
  • Set out the resulting 9 squares as shown below.

Square Units

  • Sew the squares into three rows (for a change we made vertical rows instead of horizontal rows this time!).

Rows

  • Join the rows into a finished block.

Finished Block

  • Your Card Trick block is finished.

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