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I used some of my yellow metallic fabric in this Golden Gates quilt block to give the illusion of gold. Of course Golden Gate always make me think of San Francisco, but this pattern will just be listed on the normal quilt block patterns page, not the American States page. I’ve made it quite large as an 18″ block.
6.7/8″ squares: two each in yellow and white
6.1/2″ squares: one white
6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: eight brown, four white (or cut two 2.1/2″ strips of brown and one 2.1/2″ strip of white to save time – see below).
Making the Golden Gates quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a yellow 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 create two half square triangle units from each pair of squares. These are 6.1/2″ squares.
Press the seam allowances towards the yellow and trim the corners of the squares.
For the brown and white sections of this quilt block you could just sew together all the rectangles, but I chose to use complete strips of fabric sewn together. It does mean that I have some of the brown/white/brown panel left over, but I’m sure that I’ll find a use for it. Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of brown, white, brown along the length. Press and cut the panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares. You will need four of these.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. The half square triangle units are in the corners with the white triangles on the outside.
The white 6.1/2″ square is in the middle and the brown/white/brown blocks are in the remaining spaces, placed so that they form a square outline to the central square.
Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the three rows to each other to complete the Golden Gate quilt block.
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