Square Up Quilt Pattern

Square up quilt

Square up quilt

The square up quilt block, also known as the Next Door Neighbour block, is one of those where it’s easy to see how it came by its name – the white triangles in the corners squaring up the block.  I tried making the quilt with just the blocks sewn together in rows, but I felt that I was losing the block design a bit so I’ve used sashing to separate the blocks out enough that you can still see the individual blocks.

The quilt measures 48″ by 62″, using twelve 12″ square up quilt blocks.  I have used 1/4 yard of yellow fabric, 1/2 yard of white, 1.1/2 yards of blue and 1.3/4 yards of red.

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Square up quilt block

Square up quilt block

Cutting requirements for the square up quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight red

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in red and white, twenty four each in red and blue, twelve each in yellow and white, twelve each in yellow and blue

For the sashing you will need twenty 3.1/2″ white squares, thirty one blue rectangles 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″

For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric:  two at 44.1/2″ long and two at 62.1/2″ long

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the square up quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with 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.  This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Square up quilt block layout

Square up quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the middle there are blue/yellow and blue/white half square triangles placed so that the blue is always on the outside.  In each corner there’s a red/white half square triangle placed with the white on the outside.  Along each edge there are a red square and a red/blue half square triangle.  These are placed so that the red square and two red triangles form the same shape along each edge.  The blue triangles form four larger blue triangles which form the spokes of the star.

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

Sew sashing between the blocks

Sew sashing between the blocks

Assembling the square up quilt

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of three.  They are joined together with blue sashing strips.  In each row you will have three blocks and two sashing strips, so that there is sashing only between the blocks, not at the ends of the rows.

Sew sashing between the rows

Sew sashing between the rows

In order to sew the rows together, make five strips by sewing together three blue sashing rectangles with two white squares.  Sew these strips between each row of blocks and also sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.

Add sashing down the sides

Add sashing down the sides

You should now have sashing between the blocks and the rows but you won’t yet have any sashing going down the sides.  For these you will need to make two strips using four blue sashing rectangles with five white squares – so each strip begins and ends with a white square.  Sew one of these to each side of the square up quilt.

Add the border

Add the border

I’ve added a red 2.1/2″ border to frame the quilt.  You’ll need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides.

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

Here’s the video:

Chinese new year 2016

Chinese new year 2016

Last weekend was the Chinese New Year and Birmingham held a massive celebration on Sunday to mark this.  I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the Chinese quarter seeing all the dancing dragons and smelling the street food.  Apart from anything else it was a relief to walk away from the chaos in my house, but the work is nearly finished now and I have started putting things back in the cupboards – and what a difference that is making!

Here’s a short video of the dragon dancing:

 

Craftsy

Rose Mosaic Quilt Block

Rose mosaic quilt block

Rose mosaic quilt block

The rose mosaic quilt block is another beauty using half rectangle triangles – as well as half square triangles.  I feel that if I had used more muted colours it might have had the look of the Peace rose, one of my favourites.

I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the rose mosaic quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight orange

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and orange, two each in red and white

3.7/8″ by 6.7/8″ rectangles:  four brown, four white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the rose mosaic quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with 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.  This will produce two half square triangle units.  You need these in red/orange and in red/white.

Make half rectangle triangles

Make half rectangle triangles

You will also need half rectangle triangles for this block.  Cut the rectangles along one diagonal to create two triangles..  Match up each brown triangle with a white triangle to re form a rectangle.  Sew the two triangles together to form a half rectangle triangle unit.

First stage of layout

First stage of layout

The first stage of the layout is shown on its own for clarity.  There are five four patch units – one in the middle and one in each corner.  There are four red/white half square triangles in the middle.  In each corner there are two orange squares with two red/orange half square triangles.

The corner square itself is an orange square and the half square triangles are placed either side of this to give the shape of a red butterfly straddling the corner.

Rose mosaic quilt block layout

Rose mosaic quilt block layout

The half rectangle triangle units are now added in pairs along each edge of the central square.  They are placed so that the two white triangles combine to form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

Sew together in sections

Sew together in sections

Sew the half rectangle triangles into pairs and sew the squares of the four patch units together.  You will now have three rows of three squares.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the rose mosaic quilt block.

Rose mosaic quilt image

Rose mosaic quilt image

For a quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

To me, this definitely gives the feel of a mosaic.

Here’s the video:

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Rose

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