Affinity Quilt Block Tutorial

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The Affinity quilt block would make a beautiful table topper and this tutorial gives you an idea of how I wrote the Affinity pattern.

Do you remember my Affinity quilt pattern that I designed last year for Island Batik? Just before Christmas my quilt came back home to me after traveling for a year.

I thought it would be fun to share a tutorial for one of the blocks in the Affinity quilt.

another view of the Affinity quilt block made in to a table topper on deck

Affinity Quilt Block Tutorial

16″ x 16″ table topper

When I design a quilt for Island Batik I usually have a little extra fabric leftover. Sometimes I make a mistake cutting things. Tell me that it isn’t hard to believe!

In my patterns, I always say to read through the entire pattern first and many times I suggest making one block so you can see how it goes together.

I ended up making two sample blocks that I didn’t use. I kept them up on my small design wall so I wouldn’t lose them.

A couple of months ago I had one of those moments when you just don’t know what you want to work on, do you ever have that? This is usually when I get the urge to just play and maybe finish a UFO or two. Thank goodness for moments like that!

Affinity quilt block made in to a table topper on deck

I decided to go ahead and quilt this block and make a table topper.

At least one of the blocks is off the wall! If you are a new quilter, small quilt projects like this are a perfect way to practice your skills at piecing and free motion quilting.

Affinity quilt block tutorial

There are many ways that this block could be made. I used just squares and half-square triangle blocks which made it super easy to make. 

If I’m not using my AccuQuilt GO! 2½” HST dies (which are fantastic for half-square triangles) I usually make my half square blocks over-sized and then trim them to the correct size. If you have an AccuQuilt GO! cutting machine this is the one die to buy immediately! Of course, then you will soon want all of the HST die sizes!

Fabric needed – batik fat quarters

  • White
  • Blue Multi-print
  • Green
  • Light Purple
  • Purple
  • Navy
  • Navy print

Cutting Directions:

  • Cut 20 – 3″ White squares
  • Cut 20 – 3″ Blue Multi Print squares
  • Cut 6 – 3″ Light Purple squares
  • Cut 6 – 3″ Purple squares
  • Cut 8 – 2½” Green squares
  • Cut 2 – 2½” Navy squares
  • Cut 2 – 2½” Navy print squares

Sew with a ¼” seam allowance and press to the dark print or open.

Sewing the Half Square Triangle quilt blocks:

Diagram for the Affinity quilt block

This is the same diagram that I include in my pattern and the instructions that I include.

Make 2 blocks with the pieces arranged as shown. Your blocks will measure 8½” x 8½” square.

Affinity quilt pattern block 1

Make 2 more blocks with the piece arranged as shown. Your blocks will measure 8½” x 8½” square.

Affinity quilt pattern block 2

Here is a diagram of the Affinity table topper. Layout your blocks and sew them together.

Your Affinity quilt block will measure 16½” x 16½”

Affinity Quilt block tutorial diagram

Add a backing and batting and then quilt as desired. Add your binding using my machine binding tutorial. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I always enjoy seeing any quilt projects made from my tutorials!
Using coordinating fabrics makes it easy to design blocks and a quilt.

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Did you happen to see the photos of my Affinity quilt that went to quilt market in St. Louis last year?

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  1. Glenda Nobbs says:

    Thank you so for all your ideas and inspiration. Love it when I receive your emails.

  2. Patricia Hardy says:

    Connie,thank you so much for the directions for the affinity block. I love reading your post. You are really a great teacher in quilt making. Thank you for your calm and gentle spirit. I pray blessings upon you and your family. God bless.

  3. Norma Murphy says:

    Hi Connie, I asked for the PDF file on this block, but have not received it. I’ll keep checking, but would appreciate you sending it again. Tnx.

    1. Hi Norma, sorry about that. I accidently deleted the link in my Resource Library but have put it back now under Quilt Blocks.

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    Love this block Connie, I could see a couple put together for a long runner;)

  5. Patricia Evans says:

    Oh no. Another block I want to make. You have such good ideas and clear, complete directions. Thank you for sharing so freely with us. Happy New Year!

  6. Lori Smanski says:

    This is so pretty. Thank you for the PDF. I would love to make this for our house. How cool that it traveled for a year. Where you able to keep track of where it went? Hope you have a blessed and really happy new year.

  7. How fun to have your block travel around with Island Batik for a year. Absolutely beautiful block and great tutorial too! Thank you.

  8. That is a beautiful quilt, Connie. Happy New Year!!

    1. Connie, the quilt is stunning, you are so talented! I also love the quilt block, thank you for the free pattern, I will make the time to sew this! The colors are very stunning! Happy New Year!