Fringed Square Quilt Block


Fringed star quilt block

Fringed star quilt block

The fringed square quilt block is another of those blocks which have many names:  the fringed square name comes from Nancy Cabot, while it also goes by the names of Mother’s Choice, Dove at the Windows and Laurel Wreath.  It is classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the fringed square quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four dark blue

3.7/8″ squares:  six each in dark blue and white, six each in turquoise and white, two each in dark blue and turquoise

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the fringed square quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares 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.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are 3.1/2″ squares.

Fringed square quilt block layout

Fringed square quilt block layout

Outer frame of the fringed square quilt block

Outer frame of the fringed square quilt block

Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares.  On the right you can see the outer frame of the block because I often find it easier to lay out one frame at a time.  There’s a white square in each corner and then two pairs of half square triangles along each edge – each pair made of both dark blue and turquoise triangles, with the white triangles placed together to form a larger white triangle pointing inwards.

In the middle are the four dark blue squares, and that just leaves one frame of squares to place.  The dark blue/turquoise half square triangles are placed on the corners of the central square.  Along the edges of the central square there is a pair of half square triangles (again one of each colouring) and these are placed so that the larger white triangles are pointing outwards.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the fringed square quilt block.  This block has similarities with the carpenters wheel quilt block, but this is a much more simple block to make.

Guitar Wall Hanging Pattern


Guitar wall hanging

Guitar wall hanging

Guitar wall hanging in different colour range

Guitar wall hanging in different colour range

The guitar wall hanging comes from one of my first quilt pattern designs for Fabric Freedom.  It was designed as a quilt, using 4″ finished size squares, but I have made it with 2″ finished size squares to make it into a wall hanging instead.  This way it ends up being 26″ square, a much more manageable size for a wall hanging.

The fabric options for the guitar wall hanging

The fabric range is called Musical Affair and it comes in three different colour selections.  Basically I have selected out the darkest fabrics to make the shape of the guitar and then used the lighter fabrics fairly randomly in the background.  The background placements show up better in the red option shown on the right.

The quilt pattern can only really be given as a row by row list of placements, so rather than me repeating the list here it makes more sense for me to direct you to the Fabric Freedom site.  My designs are the ones towards the bottom of the page.

Quilting on the guitar wall hanging

Quilting on the guitar wall hanging

Back view of the guitar wall hanging

Back view of the guitar wall hanging

Just change all the measurements to 2.1/2″ or 2.7/8″ squares and use a 1.1/2″ border if you want to make the guitar wall hanging.

Quilting the guitar wall hanging

As it’s a completed design, I can actually show you the way that I quilted it as well.  I wanted to keep the quilting simple, so I have used straight lines about 1″ apart along the length of the guitar itself.  The background was a meander quilting.

As usually happens, you can see the quilting better on the back of the quilt shown on the right.

I am not stocking all the fabrics in the Musical Affair range – just the green colour range.  You can see them here.

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