The Nancys Fancy quilt block is absolutely gorgeous and looks far more complicated than it actually is. I’ve made the blocks fairly large and used just four of them for this quilt, all 24″ square finished size.
The quilt itself measures 52″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of yellow and purple, 3/4 yard of cream and 1 yard each of white and green fabrics. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
It may look an incredibly complicated quilt, but is made up of only squares and half square triangles – trust me!
Cutting requirements for the Nancys fancy quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen yellow, thirty two white, twenty purple, forty cream
3.7/8″ squares: five each in yellow and white, twenty two each in green and white, sixteen each in purple and white, fourteen each in green and cream, two each in cream and white
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric: two 48.1/2″ long and two 52.1/2″ long.
Making the Nancys fancy quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. 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.
I know there are a lot of half square triangles, but you must agree that it gives a stunning effect!
I am showing the layout in several steps so that you can see how simple the block really is. The central area of the block is a four patch unit made with two purple and two yellow squares. Two of the corners of this section are yellow/white half square triangles, while the other two are green/white half square triangles. Between the corners there is a yellow/white and a purple/white half square triangle along each edge. These are placed so that two yellow triangles straddle two of the corners while two purple triangles straddle the other two corners.
The next frame is fairly simple. Starting at the top left corner and moving round in a clockwise direction, you have three cream squares followed by two green/cream half square triangles three times. The final edge (the left hand side of the block) is the only different one: a purple square, cream square, cream/white half square triangle, green/white half square triangle and finally a green/cream half square triangle.
The final frame of the Nancys fancy quilt block is made with what I call a rosebud shape in each corner: a square with a triangle on each side of it. The top left and bottom right corners are made with yellow rosebud shapes while the other two corners are made with purple rosebud shapes. Between each pair of rosebuds there’s a pair of green/white half square triangles with a white square on either side. The green triangles are placed so that they form a larger green triangle pointing away from the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Nancys fancy quilt block. Make four of these.
Assembling the Nancys fancy quilt
Sew the blocks together in two pairs. They need rotating so that you can form that purple diamond in the quilt design. For the top pair of blocks, the purple should run from bottom left to top right and then from top left to bottom right. For the bottom pair of squares, the purple diagonals should form a V shape. The purple diagonal has one end that is a rosebud shape and one end that has an additional purple square, making it a different shape. Take care that you rotate the blocks so that the two rosebud shapes are at the top and bottom of the quilt, while the two other shapes are at the sides of the quilt.
If you look carefully at the quilt image at the top, you’ll see what I mean: where the two purple diagonals meet at the top and bottom of the quilt they make a half star shape. Where they meet on the sides they make plain corners without the star spokes.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the green fabric. Sew the 48.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 52.1/2″ lengths to the sides.
That completes the Nancys fancy quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I have finished my french braid quilt and hung it as a curtain on my back door. I am thrilled with it and now I am hoping to make a roman blind in the same pattern for the window. I’ve never made a blind before so I am slightly nervous of beginning this project!
My daffodils are all out in full bloom now but not much else is, so I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these gorgeous polyanthus brightening up the streets of Birmingham.
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend.