Ribbons Quilt Block Pattern

Ribbons quilt block

Ribbons quilt block

The Ribbons quilt block is a simple four patch block made entirely with half square triangles.  I have made it here as a 12″ finished size square.

Cutting requirements for the ribbons quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in green and white, four each in yellow and white




Making the ribbons quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles with all the squares.  Place a white square right sides together with either a green or a yellow square.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Ribbons quilt block layout

Ribbons quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the first two rows the squares are placed green, yellow, green, yellow while in the last two rows the order is yellow, green, yellow, green.

The green triangles are placed side by side to form short stripes, as are the yellow triangles.  The white triangles are placed together so that you have a white triangle in each corner and a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle in the top and bottom rows.  In addition the white triangles form two diamond shapes in the middle of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the ribbons quilt block.

Basic ribbons quilt idea

Basic ribbons quilt idea

For the quilt ideas, I have shown first sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  This is a pretty quilt and if you stare at it long enough you can see elements of a tumbling blocks design.

Ribbons quilt with an extra colour

Ribbons quilt with an extra colour

I wondered what it would look like as a scrappy quilt, so I added a different colour to replace the green in alternate blocks.  I think that this adds a bit more interest to the quilt and you could definitely add many more colours, although I think that I would leave the yellow and just replace the green to keep the ribbon effect.

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  1. donna niemann says:

    Dear Rose,
    I wonder if you know of anyone who would make a quilt for me from my late husband’s silk ties? I, sadly, have no gift for sewing, but i have about twenty or so ties that I would love to do something with as a memento of him. Please let me know if this is something you would do, or if you know someone who might.
    Thank you so much.
    Regards,
    Donna

    • Hi Donna. I’m afraid that I can’t help there, but perhaps someone else who reads this may offer – if anyone out there feels they could do it, please email me and I’ll connect you with Donna. It might be worth asking on Quilting Board or Facebook as well. Good luck.

  2. Lovely fabrics you have used here Rosemary. I love both the completed quilts. Would also make great cushion covers.

    • Thanks, June. I hadn’t thought of cushions – I was going to make the block that I have into a bag. When time permits …..

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