Tangled Briar Quilt Block Pattern

Tangled briars quilt block

Tangled briars quilt block

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 triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Tangled briar quilt block layout

Tangled briar quilt block layout

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.

Sew the small triangles together first

Sew the small triangles together first

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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Basic tangled briar quilt idea

Basic tangled briar quilt idea

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.

Tangled briar quilt with rotations

Tangled briar quilt with rotations

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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Rose

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White House Steps Quilt Pattern

White house steps quilt

White house steps quilt

The White House Steps quilt block is very similar to the log cabin block, but the logs are added on two opposite edges at a time, rather than on adjacent edges.  I have teamed it here with a block that I think it sets it off well.  They are both very simple blocks.  This quilt pattern would work quite well in blue, red and white, but I’ve chosen to use blue, yellow and brown as I already have quite a few blue, red and white quilts.

The quilt measures 68″ square and I have used sixteen blocks which are 16″ square finished size.  The yardage required is 2.1/4 yards each of blue and yellow with 1 yard of brown.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




White house steps quilt block

White house steps quilt block

Cutting requirements for the white house steps quilt blocks

4.1/2″ squares:  eight yellow

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  sixteen blue

8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  sixteen blue, sixteen yellow

12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  sixteen yellow, sixteen blue

16.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  sixteen blue

Cutting requirements for alternate block

Alternate quilt block

Alternate quilt block

6.1/2″ squares:  sixteen blue, sixteen yellow

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen blue, sixteen yellow

12,1.2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  thirty two brown

For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of yellow across the width of fabric

White house steps quilt block layout

White house steps quilt block layout

Making the white house steps quilt blocks

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown, with a yellow square in the middle surrounded by 4.1/2″ and 8.1/2″ blue strips.  Outside the blue frame place 8.1/2″ and 12.1/2″ yellow strips.  The final frame is made with 12.1/2″ and 16.1/2″ blue strips.

Sew the frames around the central square

Sew the frames around the central square

Sew the blue strips to the top and bottom of the central square first and then sew the remaining two blue strips to the sides.

Sew the top and bottom strips first

Sew the top and bottom strips first

Repeat with the yellow frame, sewing the strips to the top and bottom first and then adding the sides.  Finally sew the outer blue frame, again sewing the strips to the top and bottom first.

That completes the quilt block.  Make eight of these.

Making the alternate quilt block

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown, with the 6.1/2″ squares forming a four patch block in the middle.  There’s a brown strip on each edge of the central unit with a yellow square in two corners and a blue square in the other two corners.  Note that these are placed so that the small and large blue squares form one diagonal while the small and large yellow squares form the other diagonal.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the large squares together first to form the central square.  Sew the brown strips to the top and bottom to form one column.

Sew two corner squares to each of the brown strips on the sides to make two more columns.

Sew the three columns together to complete the alternate quilt block.  Make eight of these.

Assembling the white house steps quilt

Lay the blocks in 4 rows of 4

Lay the blocks in 4 rows of 4

Lay the blocks out in four rows of four, alternating the squares across each row and down each column.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.

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

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The wedding

The wedding

Last August my eldest son married Katy and it was a wonderful and very emotional day.  Now I am thrilled to bits to be able to tell you that Katy is expecting and my first grandchild is due in mid October – very close to Ben’s birthday.

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