I’ve made the Coxcomb quilt block in traditional colours although I can’t help feeling that it should be made in red rather than green for realism. It’s shown here as a 16″ square and is made entirely from half square triangle units in two different sizes.
Cutting requirements for the coxcomb quilt block
4.7/8″ squares: six green, six white
2.7/8″ squares: eight green, eight white
Make the half square triangle units
Use all the squares to make half square triangles. Place a green 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 produce two half square triangle units which are either 2.1/2″ or 4.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the cream triangle and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the coxcomb quilt block
I’ve shown the central layout first for clarity. For this you need to use the small half square triangle units, laid out in four rows of four. The first two rows and the second two rows are exactly the same as each other. Place the triangles so that each pair of rows makes a larger green triangle pointing inwards at each end with a green diamond in the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Now add the larger half square triangles to form the outer frame. Place two above the central section and two below it, forming larger green triangles pointing away from the middle.
Make two columns of four half square triangles for the sides of the block. Each one of these forms two larger green triangles pointing towards the middle.
Sew the patchwork pieces together to form three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the coxcomb quilt block.
Coxcomb quilt ideas
I have shown the basic quilt first, using four rows of four blocks. I added a purple border just to provide a bit more interest.
Then I decided that more purple might make a better quilt design. For this option I have two purple triangles to eight of the blocks to give that purple edge at the top and bottom. Then I added one purple triangle to four blocks to make those two purple diamonds in the middle.
Here’s the video:
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