I’ve made several chinese lantern quilt blocks this week, but this one in particular lends itself to being made as a scrappy block. In fact, the more colours you use the better.
I’ve made it here as a 16″ block with one colour for the background and one colour for all the half square triangles, but just as many different squares as I could for the bulk of the lantern.
Cutting requirements for the chinese lantern quilt block
2.7/8″ squares: eight squares each of cream and blue
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four coloured, twenty four cream
Making the scrappy chinese lantern quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a blue and a cream 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. Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out. This helps reduce bulk in the quilt block.
Lay the patchwork squares out as shown in eight rows of eight. The quilt block is symmetrical so the first four rows are the same as the next four rows in reverse – so row one is the same as row eight, row two the same as row seven and so on. Note that in the top half the blue triangles are all placed at the top of the half square triangle while in the bottom half the blue is at the bottom of the half square triangle.
In the top row I have used 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace three of the cream squares and in the second row I have used 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace two of the cream squares. It doesn’t matter which you do – as it’s a scrappy quilt block I was just using up what I had available.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the scrappy chinese quilt block.
This is the first of several different quilt blocks that I have made that are all called chinese lantern. I have used two very different ones in the quilt project that I’ll be writing up tomorrow.
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