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Meet the Chinese Lanterns Quilt Block Pattern
Chinese Lanterns Quilt Block Pattern

Chinese Lanterns Quilt Block

© Janet Wickell

Make 12 Inch Chinese Lanterns Quilt Blocks

This traditional pattern is usually referred to as a Chinese Lanterns quilt block, but it's suitable for any fabric.

Try Asian themed fabrics for the large lantern pieces, and black or tone-on-tone fabrics for the narrow accent patches. If Asian fabrics aren't your thing, how about making your lanterns from kids prints or novelty prints? Small to medium scale prints would be perfect for creating a whimsical, colorful lanterns quilt. A few examples are: a Halloween lantern and a butterfly lantern.

We'll use a combination of quick piecing and strip piecing to assemble the quilt block.

Finished Quilt Block Size: 12-inches square

Cutting Chart for One Chinese Lantern Quilt Block

Lantern Fabric

  • two 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" bars
  • one 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" bar

Contrast Stripe Fabric

  • two 1" x 12-1/2" bars

Background Fabric

  • four 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
  • two 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" bars

Black for Lantern Top/Bottom

  • one 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" bar

The cutting chart assumes you will make a scrappy quilt, where each block is different. Page 2 includes optional strip piecing instructions enough for top/bottom units and lantern/contrast units to make ten lantern blocks.

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