Patch Quilt Design Quilt Block


Patchwork quilt design quilt block

Patchwork quilt design quilt block

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

Make half square triangles

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.

Patchwork quilt design layout

Patchwork quilt design layout

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 across each row

Sew the squares across each row

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.

The back of the patchwork quilt design quilt block

The back of 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!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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  1. Joy Thornby says:

    Hello Rose
    I love your quilts and blocks! Im a relative beginner so I have a request.
    Can you please give the quantity of material needed for your blocks ie a fat quarter or fat half. possible easy to work out but would be a great help to me. I did notice you do for quilts but not blocks.
    apologies for any errors here Im typing over my cat !
    nest wisges
    Joy

    • Hi Joy – and nest wisges to you too! Thanks for your comments. I have never given the fabric requirement for blocks for two reasons – one is that I have assumed that people will use that block for a quilt rather than for an individual block. It would be meaningless for me to say that a block would take a fat quarter because you might get one and two thirds of a block from that fat quarter, so you couldn’t multiply up accurately. The other reason is that I tend to try and use fabric scraps for quilt block patterns, so I am not starting with yardage. I would love to say that I will give fabric requirements in future, but I just don’t feel that I would be able to do it in any meaningful way.

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