Patience Corners Quilt Block

Patience corners quilt block

Patience corners quilt block

The patience corners quilt block is one of those delightful blocks that look as if they have been quite difficult to make.  I think it’s because the squares are on different levels – you could be forgiven for thinking that you needed partial seams or some such.  That’s particularly noticeable in a quilt when many of these blocks are sewn together.  It is in fact very simple to make.

I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the patience corners quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  four dark blue

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four light blue

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four light blue

Patience corners quilt block layout

Patience corners quilt block layout

Making the patience corners quilt block

I’ve laid out the patchwork pieces here so that you can see four distinct quarters.  In each corner there’s a dark blue square with a small and a long light blue rectangle on two sides of each square.  The placement of the squares is determined by which two sides the rectangles are placed.

Sew the small rectangles to the squares

Sew the small rectangles to the squares

First sew each 4.1/2″ rectangle to the square in the same quarter.

As you can see, the 6.1/2″ rectangles can now be sewn to the combined square/rectangle to complete each quarter of the patience corners quilt block.

Sew the quarters together in pairs

Sew the quarters together in pairs

Sew the quarters together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the patience corners quilt block.

First patience corners quilt idea

First patience corners quilt idea

Patience corners quilt ideas

For the first quilt idea I have just placed sixteen blocks in four rows of four with no rotation.  I was very taken with this design because it has such a wonderfully jumbled look to it.

Patience corners quilt with block rotation

Patience corners quilt with block rotation

Then I tried rotating the blocks and I liked this design even more.  I felt that in this one there was heaps more to look at – all sorts of designs appear the more you look at it.  Depending on how I’m concentrating on it, the lines appear to move a little – they definitely don’t always look straight although I know that they are.  There are still just sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four, but the appearance is totally different.

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Rose

 

Summer Star Quilt Pattern

Summer star quilt

Summer star quilt

The Summer Star quilt pattern seemed like an appropriate choice because my daughter and I have just booked a holiday in the sun some time next month.  We both feel in need of re charging our batteries.  It’s a large block, but there is nothing complicated within the block – and you only need to make four of them for a decent sized quilt!

I’ve used some fabrics from the Globetrotter range just to add to the holiday feeling.  The white is obviously the light fabric, while the blue is the medium and red the dark.

The quilt measures 54″ square, containing four blocks which are 24″ square finished size.  I have used 1.1/2 yards of white fabric, 1 yard of blue and 3/4 yard of red.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

 

Completed summer star quilt block

Completed summer star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the summer star quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and twelve white, thirty two blue, forty eight red

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen blue, sixteen red and thirty two white

For the border you will need five 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the summer star quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a white square with either a blue or a red square, right sides together, and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the red or the blue and trim the two corners where the fabric tips stick out.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

You will need to make them in red/white and also in blue/white.

Summer star quilt block layout

Summer star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight.  The block is completely symmetrical so all four quarters are the same as each other.  I’ll list here the squares required for the top left quarter of the block:  in the first row there are two white squares, a blue/white half square triangle and a white square.  In the second row there are two white squares, a blue square and a red/white half square triangle.  In the third row there is a blue/white half square triangle followed by a blue, white and then red square.  In the fourth row there is a white square, a red/white half square triangle and then two red squares.

I hope that looking at the smaller section of each quarter  helps you to check the layout.

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

Notice the way there is a large white triangle formed along the middle of each edge, pointing in towards the central red area.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the summer star quilt block.  You will need to make four of these.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Assembling the summer star quilt

Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the pairs of blocks to each other.

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric.  You’ll need two 48.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 54.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

That completes the summer star quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Alternative summer star quilt layout

Alternative summer star quilt layout

Alternative summer star quilt layout

You will see from the image at the top of the page that this quilt has quite a large white square in the middle.  You could use this as a great place for a quilting extravaganza, or you could make a red diamond within that central square by changing one corner of each block.  There are four white squares in each corner of each block.  If you replaced that four patch unit with one made of a red square, a white square and two red/white half square triangles in one corner of each block, then you could make the quilt shown in the alternative layout image.

Here’s the video:

Birmingham canals

Birmingham canals

While the summer sun is still with us, I had a meander along some of Birmingham’s canals last week.  It’s a really pretty place to walk, with lots of flowers and restaurants beside the canals.  Birmingham takes great pride in the fact that it has more miles of canals than Venice does!

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