Quarterfoil quilt pattern


 

Quarterfoil quilt pattern

Quarterfoil quilt pattern

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

Dark quarterfoil quilt block

Dark quarterfoil quilt block

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

Light quarterfoil quilt block

Light quarterfoil quilt block

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

Mixed quarterfoil quilt block

Mixed quarterfoil quilt block

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

Make half square triangles

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.

Quarterfoil quilt block layout

Quarterfoil quilt block layout

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 across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

Five rows ready to be sewn together

Five rows ready to be sewn together

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.

Mixed block layout

Mixed block layout

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

First row of the quarterfoil quilt

First row of the quarterfoil quilt

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.

 

Fourth row of the quarterfoil quilt

Fourth row of the quarterfoil quilt

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

Quilt border

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!

 

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  1. patricia winne says:

    Just a note to thank you for all the wonderful quilt block designs you share with us. I look forward to each and every one of them. Thank you again.

  2. Good morning Rose

    I want to thank you so much for all your beautiful quilt patterns, they have helped me with my quiting.

    Bev

  3. Good morning Rose : I’m glad for you to have a nice sunny day. We are socked in with fog. My Granddaughter wants a MODERN quilt. Does the quarterfoil block look modern to you.? Since I am without a project right now, I have started making the wine bags out of some of my scraps as a little gift to my wine drinking friends. They are turning out real cute. Thank you for that pattern. Now get out there and walk. Bea

    • Hi Bea. Pity you didn’t have any sunshine – I had a lovely meander by the river (which is very full at the moment!). I’m not sure that your grand daughter would consider this quilt pattern as a modern quilt. They tend to have lots of white and have off centre designs. I haven’t got any patterns on the website that I would class as modern.

  4. Angela Wagstaff says:

    Hi Rose

    Thanks for sharing your expertise with us.
    It was like Christmas again opening my order, going to quilt wall hanging this weekend

  5. Many thanks for the cot panel. I have finished the first one for my little granddaughter and even attempted free motion quilting !! So pleased. The quilt looks lovely. Cant wait to start the second one now. Many thanks.

    • Hi Shirley. You certainly worked quickly on the owl quilt panel. Well done for trying out free motion quilting – it’s a great feeling isn’t it!

  6. Your quilt is surely different from any other I’ve ever come across on line or in books. It’s nice that you have the option to either go all dark or all light. It doesn’t seem like the blocks would be difficult to sew together when you see the layout. I’ll have to try your method. Looking forward to your email next Friday.

    • Thanks, Claire. I wasn’t sure if I had put in too much contrast between the fabrics. Hope you’re feeling better.

  7. Your email tutorials are always welcome thank you for another quilt idea

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