The Chisholm Trail quilt block is a really simple block that makes up nicely in red, blue and white. It’s classified as a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the Chisholm Trail quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: seven red, seven white
3.1/2″ squares: two blue
Make the half square triangles
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a red and a white square 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 give you two half square triangle units. They are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Make the Chisholm Trail quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. Make a four patch unit in the middle with two blue squares and two red/white half square triangle units. Place these so that the red triangles form a butterfly shape in the middle of the block.
In each corner of the block place a half square triangle with the red on the outside. Between each pair of corners place a pair of half square triangles, laying them so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.
Chisholm Trail quilt ideas
For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four. The red seems to form grid lines along the diagonals which is quite attractive.
In the second idea, there may not seem to be much of a change, but there are a lot more secondary designs showing up. All I have changed is the rotation of the blocks. If you concentrate on the direction of the blue squares, you’ll see that I have rotated half the blocks. This gives an impression of diamonds rather than the grid lines in the first quilt which I found far more pleasing.
Here’s the video:
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