Patch quilt designs quilt block – that’s quite a mouthful. It sounds like quite a boring block, but in fact it’s very pretty. It is very straightforward to make because it’s completely symmetrical and the patchwork squares can be sewn together across the rows easily enough. I’ve made it here as a 20″ quilt block. the patchwork quilt design block is classified as a five patch block.
Cutting requirements for the patchwork quilt design block
4.1/2″ squares: four white
4.7/8″ squares: six each of red and white
2.1/2″ squares: four white
2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: two red
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: ten red
Making the patchword quilt design quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place a red and a white square 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 which are 4.1/2″ squares. press the seam allowance towards the red and trim the corners of the squares where the triangle tips stick out – you can see them on the bottom right of the half square triangle units in the photo.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The large white squares are in the corners with the small white squares just in from them. The half square triangles form a pinwheel in the middle of the block and also they form a larger red triangle in the middle of each edge. The red rectangles are placed around the pinwheel in the middle and also around the corner squares.
Sew the squares together across each row. The second and fifth rows are just 2.1/2″ high while the other rows are 4.1/2″ high. Sew the rows together to complete the patchwork quilt design quilt block.
This is a good block in which to mention pressing the seam allowances. I hope that it shows up clearly enough in the photo. As a general rule, I always press the seam allowances to one side, preferably towards the dark fabric. But on a block like this the seam allowances can get quite bulky where lots of half square triangles meet up: somewhere like the centre of a pinwheel. I find that it helps the quilt block to lie more flat if I press the seam allowances open. There’s nothing wrong with having a mixture of seam allowances pressed open and pressed to one side within a block.
I had a wonderfully busy weekend. There was a huge response to my 10% off fabric sale and I packaged up parcels to go all over the UK as well as some for America and Australia. This is definitely something that I will repeat later in the year – and I’ll make sure that I keep those few days completely free!
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