The Prairie Queen quilt block is also known as True Blue, but in the colours that I have used I feel that prairie queen is more fitting as a name for it. It is a simple nine patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the prairie queen quilt block
4.7/8″ squares: two each in yellow and white
4.1/2″ squares: one white
2.1/2″ squares: eight yellow, eight white
How to make the prairie queen quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ 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. This will produce two half square triangle units, both 4.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out in six rows of six – that’s counting the larger squares as equivalent to four of the smaller squares. The half square triangles are placed in the corners with the white on the outside and the 4.1/2″ white square is placed in the middle. The smaller squares are then placed to form four patch units on each edge of the central square – that’s two yellow and two white squares placed so that the yellow squares are diagonally opposite each other. Note that in the four patch units at top and bottom the yellow is top right of the unit while in the two four patch units on the sides the yellow is top left.
Sew the four squares of the four patch units together first and then sew the squares together across each row. Sew the rows to each other to complete the prairie queen quilt block.
This block has some similarities with the Cheyenne quilt block which also has that rather circular look to it.
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