Who could resist a quilt block with a name like Handy Andy? This is one of those quilt blocks where I would love to know the origin of the name! I have made it here as a 15″ square. The pattern does involve quarter square triangles, but don’t be put off – it’s just like making half square triangles twice.
3.1/2″ squares: four white, four light blue
3.7/8″ squares: six each in light blue and white
4.1/4″ squares: two each in dark blue and light blue
Making the half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a light blue and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the corners. Put these to one side for now.
Making the quarter square triangle units
Use the 4.1/4″ squares to make half square triangle units as above. Place two of these half square triangles with right sides together. Make sure that the dark blue of one square is placed against the light blue of the other square. Draw a line along the diagonal that crosses from light blue to dark blue and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the line. Cut along the line to produce two quarter square triangle units which have two quarters light blue and two quarters dark blue.
Making the handy andy quilt block
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. There’s a white square in the middle of the block and in the middle of each edge as well. The quarter square triangle units are placed to form a ring around the central square, with light blue squares in the corners of this ring. Everywhere else are half square triangles and you can check the photo to see which way the triangles should face.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Handy Andy quilt block.
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