I’m sure that you are familiar with that old favourite the nine patch quilt block: well the sixteen patch quilt block is the same but made with sixteen squares instead of nine. For this quilt pattern I have used a standard sixteen patch quilt block and another with an extra frame around it to make a star shape. The point is that the two blocks are different sizes, but it is perfectly possible to use them within the same quilt. I touched on this briefly in the tee shirt quilt, but that was done by varying the size of the sashing while this is a more planned design.
The quilt uses sixteen patch quilt blocks and there are sixteen quilt blocks. It would actually look quite nice with that blue column on the right repeated on the left, but I had set my heart on having sixteen of everything. I have used 1/2 yard of the white fabric in the sixteen patch units, 1 yard each of the blue and the cream used in the star blocks and the borders, 2.1/2″ strip cut across the width of each of four coloured fabrics and an additional 1/2 yard of pink fabric for the second border. The quilt measures 48″ square finished size.
2.1/2″ squares: forty eight cream
2.7/8″ squares sixteen cream, sixteen blue
2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric: five pink for the border, four white, one each of four coloured fabrics
1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric: eight cream
12.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: eight blue
Making the sixteen patch blocks
Sew each strip of the four coloured fabrics to a white strip. Press the seam allowance towards the coloured fabric and cut the strip at 2.1/2″ intervals. This gives you a rectangle made of two 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay out eight of these strips in four rows of two strips each. Lay them so that the white and coloured squares alternate across each row and down each column. Sew the two strips together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the sixteen patch quilt block. Make eight of these.
Making the star blocks
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares. Lay 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 to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the blue triangle and trim the corners of the squares where the triangle tips stick out.
Place two half square triangles with two cream squares between them. Place another two half square triangles with two cream squares betwen them and a cream square on each end. Sew these patches together across the row. Make eight of each strip.
Check the photo to see which way to place the triangles – they are the same in both rows and the blue appears to slope towards the middle.
Sew one of the small rows to the top and bottom of four of the sixteen patch quilt blocks. Sew one of the large rows to each side of the same quilt blocks. That will give you the star shaped quilt blocks. You now have four basic sixteen patch quilt blocks which are 8.1/2″ square and four star quilt blocks which are 12.1/2″ square.
Assembling the quilt
Sew together two star blocks with two blue rectangles. You will need to place the blue rectangles with the 8.1/2″ length horizontal and the 12.1/2″ length vertical. Repeat with the other two star blocks.
Sew together two of the sixteen patch quilt blocks with two blue rectangles. This time you will need the blue rectangles to have the 12.1/2″ length horizontal and the 8.1/2″ length vertical. Repeat with the remaining two blocks.
You now have two rows of blocks which are 12.1/2″ high and two rows which are 8.1/2″ high, but they are all the same width. Lay them out so that the first and third rows begin with a star block and the second and fourth rows start with a blue rectangle followed by a sixteen patch quilt block. Sew the rows to each other.
I have used three borders for this quilt. The first border is make using 1.1/2″ strips of the same cream fabric that I used for the half square triangles. You will need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the same pink fabric that I used in the quilt blocks. You will need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally for the third quilt border I have returned to the 1.1/2″ cream strips used in the first border. You will need two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the sixteen patch quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Thank you so much for all the delightful quilt name suggestions that you sent me last week. I was right – you are all far more imaginative than I am!