Here’s a lovely simple quilt block: it reminds me a little of the card trick but there’s more to it and goes by the delightful name of Tumbleweed. It’s classified as a four patch quilt block pattern and I have made it as a 16″ square. It’s another example of those lovely quilt blocks that appear to have depth just through colour placement.
2.1/2″ squares: twenty white, sixteen yellow, sixteen green
2.7/8″ squares: four each in green and white, six each in yellow and green
Making the tumbleweed quilt block
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place two squares with right sides together in the colour combinations listed in the cutting requirements. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Clip the ends of the triangles at the corners where they stick out and press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric.
Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight. Basically the white squares and half square triangles are all placed around the edges of the block. The green and yellow half square triangles form a pinwheel in the middle and for the rest of the placements I have shown the individual rows underneath which I hope will be more clear to follow.
The first four rows are shown on the left. The white squares don’t show up very well, so I can tell you that there are three white squares at each end of the first row and one white square at each end of the second and third rows.
On the right you can see the first four rows sewn together and the second four rows pinned individually beneath them. The tumbleweed quilt block is not symmetrical so you will need to check each row as you place the squares.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the tumbleweed quilt block pattern.
I missed Christmas in July this year (again!) but I thought that I would try and get a Christmas pattern out before the end of August, so I’ve started work on a Christmas tablecloth – or quilt. The main part of the quilt is done now and I’m using a very simplified Christmas tree design for the border.
I’ve also layered a quilt which means that I can begin quilting it tomorrow – so my usual story of far too many works in progress and not enough completed projects!
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