The Straight Furrow quilt block is a delightfully easy nine patch block and it can be rotated to make an equally delightful quilt. I think it’s very striking and I have made it here as a 42″ square quilt.
I’ve used sixteen 9″ finished size blocks, taking 1/2 yard of red batik fabric, 1 yard of dark blue batik fabric and 3/4 yard of light blue fabric. The dark blue looks like black in the photos but it is actually a lovely indigo colour with light blue swirls.
You know how supermarkets put sweeties near the checkout for impulse buys? Well Fabric Freedom do the same but with batik fabrics! When I was up there delivering quilts earlier this week I saw this batik and just couldn’t resist it.
You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the straight furrow quilt
3.1/2″ squares: forty eight red, sixteen light blue, thirty two dark blue
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in dark blue and light blue, eight each in light blue and red
For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of dark blue cut across the width of fabric
Making the straight furrow quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above. Place a light blue square right sides together with either a red or a dark 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. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the dark blue or red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three – I told you it was an easy quilt block!
The half square triangles are placed along one diagonal – a dark blue/light blue unit in each corner with a red/light blue unit in the middle. There’s a red square in one corner and a light blue square in the remaining corner. There are two dark blue squares across the red corner and two red squares across the light blue corner.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You will need to make sixteen of these.
Assembling the straight furrow quilt
Sew the blocks together in four groups of four. You need to rotate the blocks so that the dark triangle is always in the middle – or you could look at it as having the light blue square on the outside and the red square in the middle of each four block unit.
Sew the four block units together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.
For the quilt border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
This is one of those quilt patterns that you can make larger quite easily. In order to keep the design, you need to add two blocks to each row and column, so you could make a quilt of six rows of six blocks. This would be 60″ square.
That completes the straight furrow quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
Here’s the video:
I can’t show you any photos of things I did last week because I was glued to my sewing machine making quilts all week. However I’ve finished those now and have a lovely busy weekend planned. Tomorrow I am going to Hay on Wye, a small town in mid Wales, to help out at a giant jumble sale for a Salvadoran children’s charity. Hay on Wye is famous for its book shops – the Hay Literary Festival is renowned and every other building seems to be a book shop.
Then on Sunday there’s a Caribbean festival in Birmingham – I’m hoping to be able to bring you a video of some of that in next week’s pattern.