This striking quilt block is called Dakota Farmer and I have no idea why. It also goes by the name Imperial T and that’s a fairly obvious name for it. I’ve made it here as a 12″ quilt block.
4.7/8″ squares: two each in purple and white
2.7/8″ squares: ten each in purple and white
Making the Dakota farmer quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the squares. Place a purple and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units for each pair of squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out with the large half square triangles in the corners and two pairs of the small half square triangles between each pair of large half square triangles. The four half square triangles in the middle are placed so that the white triangles form a diamond in the centre of the quilt block. The pairs of half square triangles everywhere else are all placed so that the white triangles form a larger triangle. You have two larger white triangles on every side of the central square and they all point in towards the middle.
Sew the pairs of smaller squares together. Sew the two pairs at the top and the bottom together to form four patch units. Sew the pairs of squares together in two rows across the middle of the block.
You can now sew the corner squares to the four patch units between them. This gives you four rows that can be sewn together in the normal way to complete the Dakota farmer quilt block. I always think that this is a nice masculine quilt – it would make a great quilt for a man: particularly if his name begins with a T.
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