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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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