The guam quilt block is a five patch block which is attributed to Hearth and Home. I’ve made it here as a 15″ square.
In case you’re interested, I looked up Guam on Wikipedia and it is an American island in the Pacific. If you’re reading this in America, then you probably knew this anyway, but it was new to me.
Cutting requirements for the guam quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: one red
3.7/8″ squares: eight each in blue and white, four each in red and white
Making the guam quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white square right sides together with either a red or a blue square 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.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. The red square is in the middle and everywhere else are half square triangles. To make sure that you have these positioned correctly, look for the larger shapes formed within the block – the four white diamonds, the red stripes and in the blue either stripes or larger triangles.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the guam quilt block.
I have used this block before in a table runner pattern and you can see that here.
I’ve also set the block in a quilt and it’s rather lovely the way it forms pinwheels where the blocks join together.
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