The To market to market quilt block is a simple four patch block that uses both half square and quarter square triangles. I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the to market to market quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four green
3.7/8″ squares: two each green and cream, two each green and white, four additional white for the quarter square triangles
4.1/4″ squares: two green, two cream
Making the to market to market quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Put these to one side so they don’t get mixed up with the quarter square triangles.
Make half square triangles with the 4.1/4″ green and cream squares. Place a white 3.7/8″ square right sides together with these half square triangles. Mark a line along the diagonal that runs along the other diagonal from the original seam.
Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two quarter square triangle units.
These are mirror images of each other – the cream and green quarter square triangles are in opposite places from each other in the two units shown.
The one that you need for this block is the one on the right that I’m pointing at in the photo. The other one can be discarded for use in a different project.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. The quarter square triangle units are placed in the middle of the block, with the white triangles forming a diamond shape. There’s a green square in each corner and a green/cream and green/white half square triangle along each edge between the corners. These are placed so that the cream triangles lie alongside the cream triangles of the quarter square triangles in the middle section. Sorry, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of the layout, but I think it’s fairly easy to see from the top photo of the completed block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the To market to market quilt block.
For a quilt idea, I have just shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. I think that this makes a lovely quilt, with no need to separate the blocks with an alternate block.
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