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Four variations of the Vinca Quilt Block

I’ve been having a good ol’ time playing in my sewing room and I’ve discovered four variations you can make of the Vinca Quilt Block! It’s as simple as rotating each unit and voila! A new variation is born. Plus, I’m sharing a baby-sized scrappy version that I made using one charm pack! In case you missed the original tutorial, you can find instructions to make the Vinca Quilt Block here.

Four variations of the Vinca Quilt Block can be made easily by rotating the units. Original tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.

Four variations of the Vinca Quilt Block

Let me show you what you can easily do to change the look of this quilt block. You’ll start by making the basic units of the block which include four petal units and four leaf units. The original Vinca Block is shown below with the parts labeled. I used fabric from the Nantucket Summer collection by Camille Roskelly for Moda Fabrics for these mock-ups.

Labeled parts of the Vinca Quilt Block from The Crafty Quilter.

First, I rotated the corner units (leaves) so that the larger square is closest to the center. It changes the look a little, not a lot.

Next, I rotated the petal units and you’ll see that this has a more dramatic effect. A star emerges around the center square!

Now that we’ve rotated the petal units, let’s rotate the leaf units as well. This changes the look just a little, but it definitely makes the star more pronounced.

Comparison of the four variations in a quilt

Let’s take a look at all four of those Vinca Block variations, used in a small quilt, side by side. You’ll see more of a difference in a quilt because the number of blocks are increased. It really makes for a versatile quilt block and quilt!

Four variations of the Vinca Quilt Block made unique quilts!

A scrappy version of the Vinca Quilt block made with a charm pack

I have a large number of charm packs that I’ve collected over the years, and I wanted to make a small quilt using all of the pieces from one charm pack. The fabric collection for this project is Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. It’s a few years old and no longer available in stores, but you can still find it on Etsy.

One charm pack and some background fabric was used to make this baby quilt!  A variation of the Vinca Quilt Block Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter was used for the blocks.

Below, you can see how I separated the 5″ charm squares into groups for the leaf and petal units.

I decided to use one of the block variations that produces a star in the center of each block. It’s cute and scrappy, and I love that it used up every bit of the charm pack! I used a half-yard of background fabric for this quilt, and the leftover scraps from each 5″ square gave me enough to incorporate into the border.

One charm pack and some background fabric was used to make this baby quilt!  A variation of the Vinca Quilt Block Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter was used for the blocks.

The finished size of the quilt is 35″ square which is a bit small for a baby quilt. I might add another border if I can find the right fabric. For now, it will remain a UFO (one of too many).

Baby quilt made with the Vinca Quilt Block and one charm pack.

That’s a whole lot of Vinca Quilt Block possibilities! I now have a table runner, a baby quilt, and a lap-size quilt made of these blocks. All of them need to be quilted and a pattern is still in the works. Never a dull moment!

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  1. Hi – I’m dreaming of making a Christmas quilt & love your sashing addition! How wide is your sashing? I also thought I wouldn’t like any of the variations but I LOVE 2 & 4 better than the original. Shocked! Thanks for making. me smile today & dream in new colors : )

  2. Love the variations pictured in original fabric and scrapy, for us with less imagination.
    Thank you.

  3. I love this pattern. So easy to change round. If you made four of each block it would make a stunning quilt. I’m tempted. It’s just fabric is soooo very expensive at the moment.

    This will go in my TBA file which is way to big. How about putting to finished fronts together and making a double sided quilt. I did that for my latest grandson and he loves it. Well his mom does.

    I’ve also done a quilt as you go course at sewing group. It has no back fabric so I’m going to put with. My five week summer school quilt and voila I have a new home quilt for my. Aunt and I don’t have to stash away tops

    Thank you

    Tracy Shropshire

  4. What a terrific tutorial Julie! I love how you can show the variations on the theme. How fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Janet b

  5. Julie,

    I love what you have done with this block. What a great idea for charm packs. I can’t wait to try it when we are settled in our new house in Poulsbo. I’ll have to send you pictures. Great ideas!

  6. I’m always amazed at the different looks you can get from one quilt block. I love the scrappy version and would love to make one. I’ve always been afraid to make a scrappy quilt. I thought I could never get the fabrics to coordinate. I finally had one of those moments where I realized that if I limited the colors I put in the quilt and just varied the intensity that it would all come together. And the quilt looks fantastic.

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