Bridle Path Quilt Block

Bridle path quilt block

Bridle path quilt block

The Bridle Path quilt block is another delightful nine patch block which has ended up as an enormous block.  I’ve made it here as a 24″ square, but don’t be deceived by its size – it is a very simple block to put together.

Cutting requirements for the bridle path quilt block

6.7/8″ squares:  four yellow, four white

2.1/2″ squares:  forty brown, thirty two white (cut three strips of each colour across the width of fabric)

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the bridle path quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a yellow and a white square 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 to produce two half square triangle units which are now 6.1/2″ squares.  I know that the yellow looks more like orange in the photo, but it’s really more like yellow in fact.

Make panels of 3 strips of fabric

Make panels of 3 strips of fabric

The brown and white squares are made into nine patch units and this is done most quickly by sewing 2.1/2″ strips of fabric together and then cutting them.  Sew together one panel of brown, white, brown strips and another panel of white, brown, white strips.

Cut across these panels at 2.1/2″ intervals.  This will give you rectangles 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long.  Each nine patch unit is made with two strips of brown, white, brown with one strip of white, brown, white between them.  Sew the three strips together to make a nine patch unit which is a 6.1/2″ square.  You will need to make eight of these.

Each quarter is a four patch unit

Each quarter is a four patch unit

Assembling the bridle path quilt block

The simplest way to sew the bridle path quilt block together is to make four quarters and then sew the quarters together.  Each quarter is made with just two half square triangles and two nine patch units, arranged diagonally opposite each other.  Make sure that the yellow triangles are placed so that they touch at the points, making the shape that I tend to think of as a butterly.

Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  Make four of these.

Bridle path quilt block layout

Bridle path quilt block layout

Lay the quarters out in two rows of two.  Rotate them so that the nine patch units are always in the corner of the block.  This will mean that there are four of the nine patch units in the middle of the block.

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

Bridle path quilt idea

Bridle path quilt idea

You wouldn’t need many of these blocks to make a quilt, so I have just shown you here what it would look like if four of the bridle path quilt blocks were sewn together.

Even just these four blocks with a 2″ border would make a 52″ square quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Rose

Midnight Star Table Runner Pattern

Midnight star table runner

Midnight star table runner

The midnight star table runner is a delightful project made using the midnight star quilt block.  It measures 46″ by 19″ and I have used 1/4 yard of white fabric, 1/2 yard of light blue and 3/4 yard of dark blue.  There are four quilt blocks, each one 9″ square finished size.

You may have noticed that I haven’t felt able to offer the special offer while I was packing up to move home, but as this is a small project the 10% discount on these fabrics is available on this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the midnight star table runner

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen light blue

4.1/4″ squares:  eight dark blue, four light blue, eight white

For the borders you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ dark blue strips across the width of fabric and three 1.1/2″ light blue strips across the width of fabric.

I am planning to bind my midnight star table runner with the white fabric – this would require four 2.1/2″ strips of white cut across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the midnight star quilt block

The first part of making quarter square triangles is to make half square triangle units.  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 to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.7/8″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

In order to convert these into quarter square triangle units, you need to repeat the above process, but using half square triangles instead of plain squares.  Place two half square triangle units with right sides together.  Both units should have the seam running in the same direction.  Mark a line along the other diagonal, crossing the first seam, sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to give two quarter square triangle units.

Three different quarter square triangle units

Three different quarter square triangle units

That’s the basic technique, but obviously it’s which colour half square triangles that you use which will make the different quarter square triangle units required for this midnight star table runner.

So for the dark blue/white quarter square triangles you will need to make half square triangles from dark blue and white squares.  Place two of these half square triangles with right sides together, making sure that the dark blue of one is against the white of the other.  Proceed as above and you will produce quarter square triangles of dark blue and white.  You need to make eight of these and that will require four plain squares each of dark blue and white to begin with.

For the light blue/white quarter square triangles do the same but with light blue and white squares only.  You need to make four of these, so you must start with two squares each of light blue and white.

Third configuration of quarter square triangles

Third configuration of quarter square triangles

The third colour combination has two dark blue triangles, one white and one light blue triangle.  To make these you will need to make half square triangles using dark blue and white squares, as well as using dark blue and light blue squares.  Place a dark blue/white half square triangle right sides together with a dark blue/light blue half square triangle, making sure that the two dark blue triangles are not lying against each other.

You need to make eight of these quarter square triangles, so you will need to use four dark blue squares, two white and two light blue squares to begin with.

I hope this is clear, but if not you might find it helpful to watch the video where you can see me actually placing the squares together for each quarter square triangle.

Midnight star quilt block layout

Midnight star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of row.  There’s a light blue 3.1/2″ square in each corner and a light blue/white quarter square triangle in the middle.  The dark blue/white quarter square triangles are placed in the middle of the first and third rows, and the three-coloured quarter square triangles are placed at each end of the middle row.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the midnight star quilt block.

Make four blocks.

First border

First border

Assembling the midnight star table runner

Sew the blocks together in a row.

For the purposes of the border, I’m counting the long edges as the top and bottom and the short edges as the sides.  The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 13.1/2″ for the sides.

Add the second and third borders

Add the second and third borders

The second border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 15.1/2″ for the sides.

And finally the third border is made using the 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue again.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 19.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the midnight star table runner.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt.  You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

I am moving house on Tuesday – well I am if everything goes according to plan!  I’ve already written the pattern for next Friday, but I’ll be without phone or broadband for a week in my new house so please bear with me if I take a while to reply to comments and emails.  I’ll be making use of the broadband in places like Starbucks and the library.

Craftsy

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