I’ve used the quarterfoil quilt block in three different colour combinations to make this quilt pattern. It’s given quite a striking split of the quilt into light and dark sides. The quilt measures 52″ square finished size and I have used 1/2 yard of green fabric, 3/4 yard each of light blue and dark blue, with 1 yard each of black and cream fabrics. Of course if you prefer you could always just make sixteen blocks all the same without the light and dark options.
Cutting requirements for the six dark quilt blocks
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four dark blue, forty eight black, twenty four green
2.7/8″ squares: twenty four each of dark blue and black
4.1/2″ squares: six black
4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: twenty four dark blue
Cutting requirements for the six light quilt blocks
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four light blue, forty eight cream, twenty four green
2.7/8″ squares: twenty four each of light blue and cream
4.1/2″ squares: six cream
4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: twenty four light blue
Cutting requirements for the four mixed blocks
2.1/2″ squares: four light blue, four dark blue, sixteen black, sixteen cream
2.7/8″ squares: four each in light blue/dark blue, eight each in dark blue/black, eight each in light blue/cream
4.7/8″ squares: two squares each in black and cream
4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: eight light blue, eight dark blue
In addition you will need five 2.1/2″ green strips cut across the width of fabric.
Making the quarterfoil quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ and 4.7/8″ squares 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 which are either 2.1/2″ or 4.1/2″ square. Press the seams towards the dark fabric and trim off the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the squares out in six rows. There’s a light blue square in each corner with a green square just in from the corner. Along each edge there’s a cream square next to each corner with a pair of half square triangles in the middle of each edge. These are placed so that they form a large light blue triangle pointing outwards. In the middle there is a 4.1/2″ cream square with a light blue rectangle on each edge of the square.
Sew the squares together across the row for rows one, two, five and six. In rows three and four you will need to sew the two half square triangle units to the ones underneath them first and then you’ll be able to sew the whole row. Sew the rows to each other to complete the quarterfoil quilt block.
Make six of these in the light fabrics and six in the dark fabrics.
I’m showing the layout here for the mixed blocks – it’s perfectly straightforward but just needs a little extra thought because of keeping the light and dark fabrics separate. You’ll see that the central square and two of the corner squares are now half square triangles rather than plain squares. Make four of these.
Sewing the quilt blocks together
The quilt blocks are sewn together in four rows of four. Reading from left to right, the first row is one mixed block followed by three dark blocks. The mixed block is placed with the dark fabrics top right and the light fabrics bottom left.
The second row is made with one light block followed by a mixed block and then two dark blocks.
The third row begins with two light blocks, then one mixed block and one dark block. The fourth and final row is made using three light blocks followed by the last mixed block. Basically the mixed blocks are placed along the diagonal with all the dark blocks to one side and all the light blocks to the other.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Quarterfoil quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the same green fabric that I have used within the quilt. You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the quarterfoil quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
Here’s the video:
Many thanks to all of you who visited the shop and bought fabric last week. What a busy week I’ve had!