Honeymoon quilt block – now there’s a name to conjure images. Not that I can remember that much of my honeymoon all those years ago. It’s a delightful and pretty nine patch block and as ever it is simple to make when broken down into small sections. Apologies for the quality of the photos – yesterday was a very dark and gloomy day. I have made it here as an 18″ block.
Cutting requirements for the honeymoon quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four white, eight blue
3.7/8″ squares: twelve white and twelve black
Making the honeymoon quilt block
Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a white and a black 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 produces two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the black triangle and trim the corners of the squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out in six rows of six. The layout is quite simple if you think of the blocks as a collection of four patch units. Each corner is made using a white square, a blue square and two half square triangles. The middle of the block is a four patch unit made with blue squares only. In fact you could use one 6.1/2″ square there, but I found it easier to use 3.1/2″ squares as I had already cut them for the corner units. Between each corner there is a four patch unit made with four half square triangles. These are placed so that the black triangles form larger black triangles which just touch (perhaps a kiss?). Doesn’t the layout sound simple when it’s broken down like that?
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the honeymoon quilt block. It has some similarities with the Original quilt block pattern which you may be interested in.
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