Twilight Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Twilight quilt block

Twilight quilt block

For the Twilight quilt block I have chosen the sort of muted colours that appear at twilight.  Unfortunately the purple and dark blue don’t look as different in the photos as they do in real life.  It’s a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the twilight quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four lilac, two dark blue, two purple

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in lilac and light blue, one each in lilac and dark blue, one each in lilac and purple

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the half square triangle units 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.  This will produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where fabric sticks ouy.

Twilight quilt block layout

Twilight quilt block layout

Make the twilight quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares.  The pinwheel in the middle is made with two dark blue/lilac half square triangles and two purple/lilac half square triangles.  Place a lilac and a dark blue square on the top and bottom of the pinwheel.  Lay a lilac and a purple square on either side of the pinwheel.

In each corner place a lilac/light blue half square triangle with the lilac triangle always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

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

Basic twilight quilt design

Basic twilight quilt design

Twilight quilt block quilt designs

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks placed in four rows of four.  It’s pretty enough but as happens so often the block design is rather lost.

Alternate design

Alternate design

So I tried again using a large pinwheel as an alternate block.  This design uses nine blocks laid out in three rows of three – five twilight quilt blocks and four pinwheel blocks.

I think that this gives a much more pleasing design.  Make the pinwheel blocks from 6.7/8″ squares.

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  1. Agreed that the second design is superior – love the delicate shades.

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