The Pride of Holland quilt block is a four patch block that can be made in several different ways. When I first looked at it, I planned on making it with lots of small squares and half square triangles. This would have resulted in lots of seams and some very bulky seam joins. I soon realised that it made far more sense to make square in square units. I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.
Cutting requirements for the Pride of Holland quilt block
5″ squares: four blue
5.3/8″ squares: eight blue, cut along one diagonal
5.7/8″ squares: four white, cut along both diagonals
Making the Pride of Holland quilt block
Make the block in four identical quarters. Begin with a 5″ blue square in the middle. On each side of this place a white triangle (cut from the 5.7/8″ squares).
You need to sew these on two at a time: first sew the top and bottom triangles to the square. Notice that the ends of the triangles stick out about 1/4″ beyond the squares. Press the triangles away from the square and then sew the two side triangles in place.
Press these away from the square and trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.
Now place one blue triangle (from the 5.3/8″ squares) on each edge of the square. As before, sew the top and bottom triangles in place first, then press them away from the square. Finally sew the two side triangles in place. This completes one quarter of the Pride of Holland quilt block. Make four of these altogether.
Sew the quarters together in two pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the block.
For a quilt suggestion, I first tried just showing nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. Not a terribly exciting quilt.
I tried using an alternative block to break the design up a bit. I think that this is a more interesting quilt, but I’m not sure that I’ve chosen the best option for an alternate block – a pinwheel or a large square in square might have suited it better. Love to know what you think.
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