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how to expand the behemoth block mini pattern (and make a crib, throw, or bigger size quilt!)
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how to expand the behemoth block mini pattern (and make a crib, throw, or bigger size quilt!)

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Behemoth Block is the big and bold answer for those days you want to go off the beaten track but don’t want to throw the map out the window.

Sometimes I like to follow a pattern to the letter. Sometimes I want to throw the rulebook out the window and dive into the realm of improv quilting. But then there are those times I find myself in between these two extremes: I want a prompt, a theme, to riff on and build upon.  That’s why I think I love sampler block quilts so much: you start with a little bit of structure with the traditional block pattern, but from there it’s a create-your-own-adventure thanks to the endless permutations and combinations

The Behemoth Block quilt pattern is the perfect pattern to run with and transform and expand upon: Behemoth Block is the big and bold answer for those days you want to go off the beaten track but don’t want to throw the map out the window. The pattern’s straightforward construction allows you to riff without a headache: it’s a snap to take the mini quilt pattern and multiply, mirror, rotate, and substitute to create a one-of-a-kind crib or throw size quilt (or bigger!). 

To help get you started, here are three ideas I’ve been playing around with for how to transform the block into something totally new (don't forget that you'll need your Behemoth Block quilt pattern!):

1. Repeat

The easiest way to expand the pattern? Just multiply the number of blocks you make. The Behemoth Block is a generous 20” x 20” square when finished.  Make four and you’ve got a nice 40” x 40” crib size quilt; make nine and you’ve got a lovely 60” x 60” throw quilt. But why stop there? Try adding some borders and then sprinkle in some sashing!

Behemoth Block Quilt Pattern Simple Expanded Throw Size
4 blocks + sashing + borders = one cool throw size quilt

Pro tip: when it comes to sashing and borders, I like to hold off on cutting my Fabric A pieces until I decide on the width of my sashing and borders. In this example, I made the block up until it was time to add Fabric A. I then decided to use 4” sashing in between the blocks and a 4” border all around (finished dimensions).

2. Mirror + Rotate

Let’s take our repeating block idea and build upon it with an easy-peasy way to transform the overall look: mirroring.  To make a mirror image block, cut out the fabric according to the pattern. When it comes time to construct the block, you’re literally just going to flip the layout like so:

Behemoth Block Mirror Image
the mirrored behemoth block

Now, let’s multiply! By making two original blocks and two mirrored blocks and then rotating two of them, you can get this bold beauty (and by playing around with the Fabric A borders you can effortlessly turn the crib size into a throw size!):

Behemoth Block Quilt Pattern Expanded Throw Size Color Block.jpg

make, mirror, rotate, and voila!

3. Mix + Match Those Fabrics!

Now, let’s take it one step further and mix it up! By switching and swapping our fabrics, our bold beauty from before becomes a wild burst of color and pattern.

Behemoth Block Quilt Pattern Expanded Throw Size Mix and Match

mix + match your fabrics for a funky bold look!

 Add a little sashing and you create a different sense of structure (for this example, used 2” sashing in between the blocks and a 4” border all around (dimensions are finished width))

Behemoth Block Quilt Pattern Expanded Throw Size

a little haphazard...within boundaries!

How will you make it yours?

However you decide to make the Behemoth Block your own, it’s going to be big, bold, modern, and awesome. Looking for IRL inspiration? Check out the hashtag #BehemothBlockQuilt and my feed (I’ve been sharing my own versions on the ’gram).  And make sure to post your finished Behemoth Block Quilt on Instagram and tag it with #BehemothBlockQuilt and me @broadclothstudio (because I don’t want to miss it!). 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of the Behemoth Block and start riffing!