Idle Moments? I think that I remember them! Although this is obviously my favourite name for this quilt block, it is also known as Cube Lattice or Cubes and Tiles. It is classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as a 16″ square.
2.1/2″ squares: twenty four green and eight white
2.7/8″ squares: sixteen each of green and white
Making the idle moments quilt block
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a green 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 to produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight. You could actually make the quilt block up in quarters as each quarter is the same. If you look at the first row, the first four squares are repeated as squares five to eight. In addition, row five is the same as row one. This obviously makes it a very simple block to layout but if you want to check yourself, then the green squares and triangles form four stars – but with an extra green star in two diagonal corners. These make the diagonal lines which would make lovely grid lines if you were making a full sized quilt from this block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the idle moments quilt block.
Although I have made this block in just green and white, it would also look really good as a scrappy quilt block: you could make each star from a different coloured scrap fabric.
I’ve had the most amazing response to my request for help in naming the quilt that I showed you on Friday. At the moment, I have one hundred and eight six name suggestions to group and list in time for next Friday. The suggestions have been wonderully imaginative – far better than I could have thought of!
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