The lily pond quilt block is an absolute delight. It is straightforward to put together (once you’ve made the quarter square triangles). I have made it in yellow for the lily with a blue background for the pond and in the quilt idea I have used green for the border – leaves, perhaps. The block is a five patch block and I have made it here as a 15″ square.
Cutting requirements for the lily pond quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: five blue, eight yellow
3.7/8″ squares: six yellow, two blue
4.1/4″ squares: two yellow, two blue
Making the lily pond quilt block
In order to make quarter square triangles, you need to make half square triangles twice. Place a blue and a yellow 4.1/4″ square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.7/8″ squares.
Now place one of these half square triangle units with a 3.7/8″ yellow square, right sides together.
Continue as above, marking a line along the diagonal, sewing a seam either side and cutting along the line.
This will produce two quarter square triangles comprising one large triangle of yellow with a small yellow and a small blue triangle. You should end up with eight of these.
In addition, you will need to make a further four half square triangle units using the remaining two yellow and two blue 3.7/8″ squares.
I’m going to show the lily pond quilt block layout in two stages in order to make it more clear.
There’s a blue square in each corner and in the middle. The eight yellow squares are placed along the half way line both horizontally and vertically. In each corner unit there are two quarter square triangles and a half square triangle surrounding the blue corner square. The quarter square triangles are placed so that the blue triangle is on the outside, along the edge of the block. The half square triangle is placed so that the blue triangle is nearest the central square.
The full layout of the lily pond quilt block should now look less complex: you just need to add in the same three squares to each corner unit.
You may have noticed that your quarter square triangle units are not the same as each other – within each pair, one is a mirror image of the other (the small blue and yellow triangles are in opposite positions), but in fact it doesn’t make any difference when you lay the squares out for the block – just keep the blue on the outer edge always.
As you can see, it is now a straightforward matter to sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.
Lily pond quilt block ideas
I tried using sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four and I thought that gave a lovely design although the quilt blocks do rather tend to melt into each other.
In order to show up the quilt block itself a little better, I then tried adding sashing to separate the blocks. Another lovely design – and I can’t decide which one I prefer.
Here’s the video:
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