What a stunning design this pillar to post quilt block pattern makes. I have used white plus three colours – light, medium and dark. The dark fabric that I used is actually purple although it has come out looking more like black in the photos. It is surprisingly easy to make this block using squares and half square triangles only for a simple but striking design. It is classified as a four patch quilt block and I have made it 16″ finished size.
2.1/2″ squares: twenty white, four each of purple, pink and blue
2.7/8″ squares: four each of purple and white, four each of purple and pink, four each of pink and white, two each of purple and blue, two each of pink and blue.
Making the pillar to post quilt block
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles 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 and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangles each made with one triangle of each colour. They are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight squares. As a guide, you can see the outer squares laid out in the right hand photo. As you can see the outer edges are almost entirely white squares, with just two half square triangles in the middle of each edge.
The first four rows of the pillar to post quilt block can be seen more clearly here in the left hand photo while the second four rows can be seen on the right.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the pillar to post quilt block.