The Continental is another star quilt block which is simple but attractive. I can’t imagine where the name comes from. Although it looks as if it should be made in quarters, it’s actually more easy to make it in rows and I have made it here as an 18″ block.
4.7/8″ squares: six each in green and white
4.1/2″ squares: four white
2.1/2″ squares: twelve green, five white
Making the continental quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares. 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. This will produce two half square triangle units which are 4.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the green and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the patchwork out as shown. There is a white 4.1/2″ square in each corner together with three half square triangle units. Along the middle of the block in both directions there are one green and two white 2.1/2″ squares, with a white square in the middle.
In rows one, two four and five, sew the 2.1/2″ squares together in pairs first and then sew the squares together across each row.
In row three you can sew the squares together straight across the row as they are all the same size.
When each row is complete, sew the rows to each other to complete the Continental quilt block.
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