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Reverse Capital T Quilt Block

Reverse Capital T Quilt Block

Photo © Janet Wickell
This quilt block is similar to a block displayed along the quilt barn trails of Garrett County, Maryland. You might recognize the design – the traditional Capital T, but with a twist. Lights and darks were switched in this version, giving the block a unique appearance. This block would be lovely sewn in 1920s or 1930s reproduction fabrics.

Our eyes tend to focus on the darker (and in this case much warmer) fabrics in the block. The reversal of darks and lights creates a very different image when compared to the traditional layout, where T-shapes are very visible at each corner. Here, the Ts fall to the background, and what we notice first are the orange details.

Examples:

Traditional Capital T Quilt Block Pattern
Single T Quilt Block Pattern

The reverse version of the Capital T block looks wonderful set on-point; another option is to alternate it with blocks sewn with lights and darks in opposite positions.

Finished Quilt Block Size: 12” x 12”

Reverse Capital T Block Cutting Chart

Components for Capital T quilt blocks can be assembled in different ways. We'll use flying geese units for a portion of the block. You'll find two cutting charts below, to reflect two different ways to assemble flying geese.

  1. Squares are sewn to the ends of rectangles, and then trimmed, for the first flying geese option. It's quick and easy, and a nice method if you're making a scrap quilt or have smaller patches of fabric available. The method does create waste.

  2. The second flying geese option uses a no-waste technique; four small squares are sewn to a larger square, before being cut apart to create geese. This method is easy, and a good choice if you're making many identical flying geese.

Choose the option that suits the fabric you plan to use for each Capital T quilt block. Cutting instructions for additional block components are listed within each method.

Option 1 - Flying Geese Are Sewn From Rectangles and Squares

Light Neutral Print

  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares
  • (20) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares

Orange Print (or Another Color that Contrasts with Light Background)

  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares
  • (8) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
  • (1) 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square

Option 2 - Flying Geese Are Sewn Using Two Sizes of Squares

Light Neutral Print

  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares
  • (8) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
  • (4) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares

Orange Print (or Another Color that Contrasts with Light Background)

  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares
  • (2) 5-1/4” x 5-1/4” squares
  • (1) 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square

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