This quilt block is know both as Pathfinder and as Pioneer. It’s an unusual block and though simple to make you do need to concentrate so that you get all the triangles the right way round. I have made it here as a 15″ quilt block.
3.1/2″ squares: nine cream
3.7/8″ squares: eight each in cream and dark
Making the pathfinder quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a cream and a patterned 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 patterned fabric and trim the corners.
Lay the patchwork out in five rows of five. There are several larger patterns to look out for to help you lay out the squares. The two half square triangles along each edge form a larger triangle with two more half square triangles pointing towards the middle. There are two cream squares together on each edge. The four pairs of half square triangles just outside the central square form a sort of square shape with their bases. If all else fails, just keep referring to the photo for the layout!
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the pathfinder quilt block.
My longarm quilting machine arrived at the end of last week. I unpacked it in my daughter’s bedroom and there were bits everywhere! I sat down with a cup of tea to read the assembly instructions and decided that I could do it. Oh dear. Several hours later I was going to take another photo to show you my progress, but it was so similar to this photo that I decided not to bother. I struggled on but then when I came to the point that I was apparently putting bolts through random single pieces I decided that I might just be doing it wrong. I’ve decided to call in the cavalry and my friend Tom is coming up on Tuesday morning – I’m sure he will be much more successful than I have been!
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