The Symmetry in Motion quilt block caught my attention because of its name – I’ve been humming Buddy Holly’s Poetry in Motion to myself ever since I began this quilt! It’s a simple four patch block and I’ve used a diamond in a square block as an alternate.
The quilt measures 64″ square and I have used twenty five blocks, all 12″ square finished size. To make the quilt I needed 2.1/4 yards of blue, 1.1/2 yards of red and 1.1/4 yards of white fabric. The white that I have used isn’t all that white, but basically it’s a light fabric. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the symmetry in motion quilt
3.7/8″ squares: fifty two each in blue and white, twenty six each in blue and red, twenty six each in red and white
6.7/8″ squares: twenty four red
9″ squares: eight blue, four white
For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ lengths of blue across the width of fabric.
Making the half square triangle units
Make half square triangles 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 to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam aloowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Make the symmetry in motion quilt block
This block is made entirely with half square triangles – apologies if you don’t like making them. Lay the squares out in four rows of four.
It’s best if you look at the larger shapes formed by the triangles. All the red stripes are made with two red triangles side by side while all the blue stripes are made with three blue triangles. The central area is made with four blue/white half square triangles placed so that the white triangles form a diamond in the middle.
The red stripes all begin in the corners of the block. Each one has a blue stripe running beside it.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the symmetry in motion quilt block. You need to make thirteen of this block.
Make the alternate quilt block
Cut the red 6.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make two red triangles from each square. Place one triangle on each edge of a 9″ square. Sew the triangles to the top and bottom of the square first. Press the triangles open with the seam allowance pointing away from the square. Notice that the triangles stick out 1/4″ from the square at each end.
Now sew the remaining two triangles to the sides of the square. Press these open and trim the triangle tips that stick out in the middle of each edge of the completed block. Make eight blocks with a blue square and four blocks with a white square.
Assembling the symmetry in motion quilt
Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.
Rows one and five are the same as each other: three symmetry blocks and two blue diamond blocks alternating across the row.
The second and fourth rows are also the same as each other. They are made with a blue diamond block at each end, a white diamond in the middle and two symmetry blocks on either side of the middle block.
Finally row 3, the middle row, is made with three symmetry blocks and two white diamond blocks alternating across the row.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the symmetry in motion 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:
Last week I showed you a photo of Weoley Castle, a fortified manor house. This week I can’t resist bringing you photos of Stokesay Castle – a fortified manor house near where I used to live in Ludlow.
It was also built in the 13th century and is regarded as the best preserved example of a fortified manor house. Apparently during the civil war they fired one cannon shot for the sake of honour and then surrendered, thus saving the castle from being destroyed in the war.
The Stokesay Castle gatehouse is exquisite. Many of the buildings in Ludlow have similar beautiful designs.