Signature Block Tutorial

Welcome to Monday and the Signature Block Tutorial. This tutorial is from several years back and lived with the previous tutorials at the My Stitch Story blog.

Let me start by saying if you ever have the opportunity to participate in a signature block swap, DO IT!  That being said, you need to make sure you are participating in a swap being run by someone reliable.  It really stinks to make 30 some blocks, mail them to the swamp mama, and then no one gets their blocks back or even an answer as to what is going on.  Been there.  Done that.  Not a good experience.  However, when the swap is run correctly it is a lot of fun and you end up with blocks from all of your swap friends that you can sew into a quilt that you will cherish for years to come.

signature block quilt

This is the quilt that I made from the thirty signature blocks I received in another block swap.  I put them together in strips, alternated the block placement, and did a lot of matchstick quilting.  It hangs in my design office and I love seeing the colors, texture, and the names of my swap friends.

Now on to the tutorial for the signature block (or siggy block as some call it).  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and making your own signature block whether for a swap, to incorporate into your quilt back or other sewing creations.

Happy sewing, friends!

signature block quilt



-rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat

-sewing machine with white or off white thread to match the background fabric

-erasable (bleed proof) pen, pencil, or chalk to mark lines on fabric

-iron with ironing board or pressing mat

-acid free permanent pen/marker to sign your block

-white background fabric: one 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch square

-print fabric: two 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares

You will need one 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch square of white background fabric, and two 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares of a print for each signature block.

sewing block

Step One: Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of your print squares.

signature block tutorial

Step Two: Place the first 2.5 inch square wrong side up at the corner of the white background square as shown. Sew along the diagonal line that you marked in the previous step.


Step Three: Place the ¼ inch mark of your acrylic ruler on the line you just sewed and trim corner away with rotary cutter.

signature block tutorial

Step Four: Press the seams toward the print side.

Step Five: Place the second print square, wrong side up, on the opposite corner as shown below.

signature block tutorial

Step Six: Sew along the diagonal line that you marked.

Step Seven: Trim the corner to ¼ inch using your acrylic ruler along the sewn line.

signature block tutorial

Step Eight: Press seams to print fabric side.

Step Nine: Use an acid free permanent marker to sign your block. You can include your name, city/state, your IG user name, etc.

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