The Ozark Trail quilt block is named for the Ozark mountains in Missouri, America. The trail itself is a hiking trail which will eventually stretch over 500 miles.
Cutting requirements for the ozark trail quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: twenty six each in brown and white (but don’t cut these as they can be speed pieced)
4.7/8″ squares: six each in brown and white
Making the ozark trail quilt block
Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a brown 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. Press the seam allowance towards the brown fabric and trim the corners of the square.
The 2.1/2″ squares are all made into four patch units and the quickest way of doing this is to cut 2.1/2″ strips of brown and white across the width of fabric. Sew one brown and one white strip together along the length and cut the resulting panel at 2.1/2″ intervals. This will give you rectangles of fabric 2.1/2″ wide and 4.1/2″ long which can be used in pairs to make four patch units. Sew the strips together in pairs, rotating one of them so that the brown squares are diagonally opposite each other.
Lay the patchwork squares out in five rows of five. The actual layout is simple enough – alternate the four patch units and half square triangles across each row and down each column, but of course it’s the rotation of the squares that make the design work.
The four patch units are placed so that the brown squares broadly form the diagonals of the block. The half square triangles are placed so that they form the two brown shapes in the middle and the overall diamond shape within the block. Check the photo carefully to make sure that you have the squares placed correctly before you sew them all together.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the ozark trail quilt block.
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