The tangled briar quilt block gives a lovely illusion of thorns and prickles – a very evocative block. It’s classified as a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.
Cutting requirements for the tangled briar quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four white
3.7/8″ squares: four each in cream and white, four each in brown and white
6.7/8″ squares: one each in cream and white, one each in brown and white
Making the tangled briar quilt block
Make half square triangles with both the 3.7/8″ and the 6.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with a brown or a cream 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. This will produce two half square triangle units which are either 3.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ squares.
Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where fabric sticks out.
The block can best be put together as four quarters. Each quarter consists of of one large half square triangle unit, four small half square triangles and a white square. The top left and bottom right quarters are made with a large brown half square triangle, placed so that the white triangles are in the middle of the block, with four small cream half square triangles, placed along the edges of the brown triangle and pointing away from the middle. There is a white square in these two corners of the block.
The top right and bottom left quarters are made with a large cream half square triangle, placed so that the white triangle is on the edge of the block, with four small brown triangles placed on the edges of the cream triangle, with the triangles pointing in towards the middle of the block. The white squares in this case are in the middle of the block.
For each quarter, sew the small triangles together first. Make one column with two small half square triangles and the large half square triangle. Make another column with the other two small half square triangles and the white square. Sew the two columns together.
Repeat with the remaining quarters. Sew the quarters together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the tangled briar quilt block.
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For quilt ideas, I have put one basic quilt together with sixteen blocks just sewn together in four rows of four. This gives quite an attractive quilt.
However, when you start to rotate some of the blocks, you come up with what I think is a much more interesting quilt. There are more secondary designs appearing in this quilt.
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