2019 Block of the Month—April: “King’s Crown” Quilt Block

In January, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the first of 12 blocks in the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series. Find the January and February Quilt Block Tutorials under Popular Blog Posts: 2019 Block of the Month. Join the New! Summer Picnic 2019 Block of the Month Series, anytime, by viewing the supply listing in the January 5th NZP Blog Posting.

Each month, we’re featuring one quilt block design. The quilt blocks are created using Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack* from Riley Blake Designs (*18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) plus background, sashing, border, and binding fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to create the April “King’s Crown” Quilt Block (below).

Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.

 2019 Block of the Month Afternoon Picnic April PDF

Choose the Fabrics

For the New! Summer Picnic 2019 FREE! Block of the Month Series, “King’s Crown” April Quilt Block, select the following fabrics from your Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs and a Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangle Gauge by Clover.

Afternoon Picnic Red Rose, Afternoon Picnic Black Floral, Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal, Afternoon Picnic Black Main

April “King’s Crown” Block

Instructions: (Each block is a 12″ finished square. Finished quilt measures approximately 44-1/2″ x 57-1/2″)

Cut Fabric for Block

  • Cut four 3-1/2″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Red Rose.
  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Black Floral and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal.
  • Cut one 6-1/2″ square of Afternoon Picnic Black Main.

Construct The Units

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of the block.

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

Create eight half-square triangle blocks.

  • Mark blocks using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and an erasable gel pen.
  • Use a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designated to create 1/2-square triangle blocks. Depress button on sliding portion of the gauge and move to size of the desired 1/2-square triangle.


  • Stack two squares, right sides together. Place No-Hassle Triangles Gauge on block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with an erasable gel pen.

Stitch Blocks

  • Align presser foot along one side of center mark, stitch.
  • Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.

  • Rotate block, stitch along other side of center mark.

  • Cut blocks apart along center markings with a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
  • Press seams to darker fabric.

Assemble Blocks

  • Layout block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.

Join Squares

  • Place half square triangle sets, right sides together, in pairs.
  • Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between. Press seams open or to one side.


  • Place corner squares onto center set, right sides together, in pairs. Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between sets. Press seams open or to one side. Creating top and bottom rows.
  • Place middle sets onto center square, right sides together, stitch. Press seams open or to one side. Place square sets, right sides together, to form rows. Press seams open or to one side.

  • Stitch rows together to create complete block. Press seams open or to one side.

Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows how to create 12 additional quit blocks. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman


Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.


Watch Sewing With Nancy online at Nancy Zieman dot com


The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman



For a chance to win Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack please leave a comment below.

The randomly selected winner of a Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge from Clover Needlecraft from the April 13 blog post is, Carolyn T.

Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman

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Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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