T-Block Sew Along – January’s Block


Before I begin this article I would like to apologize for the premature post that was sent out on Sunday night. I was in the middle of writing it when WordPress decided to post it while I was typing a sentence. Today however, you get the full tutorial, because we are now onto T BLOCK #3!



Todays block comes from the book “Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them” by Ruth E. Finley. The name on this one is a bit of a mystery though. Ms. Finley only refers to it as “T Blocks” Across the internet however, the names are many: “Tea for Four”, “Imperial T”, “T is for Temperance”, “Double T”, and “Dakota Farmer” (I have no idea why). I have good reason to believe that the original name of the quilt is “Imperial T”, but I will explore that topic in a little more depth in the weeks to come. For now though, I am going to refer to this block as “T Block #3”.

Please note that for this tutorial I will not be using the Eleanor Burns method for flying geese. Instead we will be working with squares and rectangles. I did this because some people do not use clear rulers and rotary cutters to make their quilts and I wanted to show how easy these pieces can be assembled using basic tools. If you prefer the Eleanor Burns’ method, then replace (16) of the 2 1/2″ squares with (2) 7″ squares and the (8) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ background rectangles with (2) 5 1/2″ squares and follow the flying geese directions here: Method 4.

Before you begin I have a nifty tip for you. When making the “geese” and the center block, you can save the scraps that would normally be discarded and up-cycle them into your scrap box for a later project. After you sew your pieces as per the directions, turn your piece and stitch 1/2″ away from the line you just sewed. When you go to trim your piece for the block you are making, you can save the section you are cutting off and it is already sewn! These little scraps can be squared up to 1 1/2″ and they add up fast. This “T” block alone will make (20) 1 1/2″ squares. Sew them together and you will have a 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ block! 

T Block #3

Supply list:

Imperial T quilt block tutorial

1. Flying Geese: (Make 8)

Mark all of your 2 1/2″ squares with a diagonal line. Set 4 aside for the center section. You will need 16 for the flying geese.

Imperial T quilt block tutorial

With right sides together, place your square on top of your 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle and stitch on the line. Cut off the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam toward the “T” color.


Place a second 2 1/2″ square on the opposite side of the rectangle as show, stitch on the line, trim the excess and press the seam towards the “T” color.


Place two “geese” as shown and stitch together. Press the seam away from the tip of the top “goose”.

Imperial T quilt block tutorial
2. Corner squares

Set your 2 lighter color 5” squares on top of your 2 darker color 5” squares. Draw a diagonal line across the top block then sew 1/4” away from both side of the line. Cut on the line and press the seam allowances toward you background color. Trim the blocks to 4 1/2”.



3. Center Square

Take your 4 1/2” background square and lay the 2 1/2” squares on top of it as shown. Sew on the line, trim off the excess fabric and press the seam away from the background color.


Add the last two 2 1/2” squares to the remaining two corners & stitch, trim and press as described above. You should have a perfect 4 1/2” center section.


4. Putting it all together

Lay your 9 sections out as shown and sew together. Be careful when matching the  the “geese” with the center square.

Imperial T quilt block tutorial

That is it, Block #3 is complete! I hope you enjoyed this months tutorial.

Imperial T Quilt Block - Sew Along

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Happy Sewing everyone!


3 thoughts on “T-Block Sew Along – January’s Block

  1. kathyreeves says:

    That green is pretty awesome Bella! Once I get myself organized, there are some T-blocks in my future. The piano studio has taken lots of organization this year, but I think I am nearly at a point where it will be just lessons. 🙂

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  2. TextileRanger says:

    I looked this block up in Maggie Malone’s 5500 Quilt Block Designs, and on page 29 she shows many versions. (One is called Friendship, but looks like this block to me, one is called Capital T and Cut the Corners, but looks very different to me.) One is called Big T, and she says that one was published in the Dakota Farmer in 1927. So maybe that solves how that pattern name got attached to this block.
    And your tutorials are beautiful — so crisp and easy to follow!

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