Salem Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Salem quilt block

Salem quilt block

I love the Salem quilt block – such a pretty block and really very easy to make.  It’s classified as a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square finished size.  I was curious as to the history of the block but couldn’t find any information about it.

Cutting requirements for the Salem quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in blue and white, ten each in purple and white

3.1/2″ squares:  eight white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle

Make half square triangles

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with either  a blue or a purple square.  Mark a line along one diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Corner four patch units

Corner four patch units

Make the Salem quilt block

This block is best constructed as a series of four patch units.

Make the unit for the corners with two white squares and two blue/white half square triangle units.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together.  This is now a 6.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

Central block

Central block

Make the central unit with four purple/white half square triangles.  Place them so that the white triangles are all in the middle, forming a white diamond.

Once again sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  You need to make just one of this unit.

Remaining 4 patch unit

Remaining 4 patch unit

The remaining four patch units are also made with four purple/white half square triangles

This time place them so that the top two form a larger white triangle pointing down while the bottom two form a larger purple triangle pointing down.  Make four of this unit.

Salem quilt block layout

Salem quilt block layout

Assemble the Salem quilt block

Lay the units out in three rows of three.  Place blue/white units in each corner, the white diamond in the middle and the other purple/white units on each edge of the central unit.  Note that the purple V shape always points towards the middle.

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

Basic Salem quilt suggestion

Basic Salem quilt suggestion

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt suggestion I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

This makes an interesting quilt – I like the way the blue border blends with the blue triangles around the edge.

Alternative quilt suggestion

Alternative quilt suggestion

As an alternative, I reversed the colours in four of the blocks.  This gives a similar quilt but I felt that this was a more interesting design.

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