Guam Quilt Block Pattern

 

Guam quilt block

Guam quilt block

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Guam quilt block layout

Guam quilt block layout

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 across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the guam quilt block.

Quilt ideas

I have used this block before in a table runner pattern and you can see that here.

Guam quilt idea

Guam quilt idea

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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Rose

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  1. Dear Rose I always thought it was an airbase. Haven’t looked it up so don’t really know. I like this one and the bold colours you have used. Hope all is going well with your move and wedding preparations.
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. There’s probably an airbase on the island. It’s also an organisation for democracy and economic development – but I doubt the quilt block is named after that! I’m mostly packed now but still can’t get confirmation of a completion date from my solicitor.

  2. Dear Rose – everything crossed for you. I know how stressful it can all be so hope all goes well. Look forward to hearing from you when everything is settled. I do value the friendly chats we have had.
    all best Janny.

    • Thanks, Janny. It’s always good to hear from you. My solicitor now says that I can have a completion date soon so I’ll be glad to have something firm to work to.

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