The housewife quilt block is a striking block that makes up into an eyecatching quilt with lots of secondary designs emerging. I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the housewife quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: eight yellow
37/8″ squares: ten each in purple and white, two each in purple and yellow, two each in yellow and white
Making the housewife quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above to make half square triangle units. Place two squares 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 which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
In order to make the layout more simple, I am going to show you the central area first and then add a frame around this.
The central area consists of a purple/white pinwheel surrounded by a yellow square. There’s a yellow square in each corner – with a yellow triangle on either side of this, a large yellow triangle is formed in each corner of the central area. The central four squares are a small pinwheel and the blades of this pinwheel are extended with an extra triangle on each blade. If you follow the outer squares round in a clockwise direction, you’ll see that there is a purple/yellow half square triangle followed by a purple/white half square triangle running along each edge. Lay these squares out, but don’t sew them together yet as it’s more simple to do this when all the squares are in place.
The outer frame of the housewife quilt block is simple – a yellow square in each corner, with four purple/white half square triangles between each pair of corners. These are placed so that the white triangles for two larger white triangles pointing towards the middle of the block.
Now you can sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the housewife quilt block.
The block has several square within a square designs, but when several are sewn together, all sorts of lovely designs appear.
Here’s the video:
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