Friendship Chain Quilt Block Pattern

Friendship chain quilt block

Friendship chain quilt block

I’ve made the Friendship Chain quilt block as a 12″ square finished size.  The block makes up easily – pretty in its own right and also useful as an autograph quilt block.  Use the diamonds in the middle of each block for signatures.

The block is made entirely with half square triangles.

Cutting requirements for the friendship chain quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  eight blue, eight white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a blue and a white square 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 produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  This helps reduce bulk in the seams.

Outer frame

Outer frame

Make the friendship chain quilt block

I’m showing the outer frame first because I think it’s much clearer to see how this frame is laid out when there’s nothing else to distract your eye.

Place the squares with the blue triangles forming larger triangles.  Lay one pair on the top with the blue triangle pointing up, another at the bottom with the blue triangle pointing down.  Down each side place two pairs of squares with the larger blue triangles pointing in towards the middle.

Friendship chain quilt block layout

Friendship chain quilt block layout

Now add the four squares in the middle.  Place these so that the white triangles form a diamond.

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

Basic quilt

Basic quilt

Friendship Chain quilt ideas

The basic quilt shown here uses sixteen blocks laid out in four rows of four.

This makes a 48″ square quilt (without the borders).

Use red for alternate blocks

Use red for alternate blocks

As an alternative I tried making alternate blocks with red instead of blue.  This definitely makes a more interesting quilt.

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Thrifty Quilt Block Pattern and Tutorial

Thrifty quilt block

Thrifty quilt block

The Thrifty quilt block is incredibly easy to make, but I rather like the three dimensional effect.  To me it looks as though there is a large pink square behind the brown squares.  It’s a traditional nine patch block that is attributed to the Kansas City Star company.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the thrifty quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  eight pink, eight white

4.1/2″ squares:  four brown, one pink




Thrifty quilt block layout

Thrifty quilt block layout

Make the thrifty quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in a series of nine patch units and plain squares.

In each corner place a four patch unit made with two pink and two white 2.1/2″ squares.  Make sure that the pink squares always lie along the diagonals, with the white squares in the other positions.

Place a 4.1/2″ square in the middle with a brown square on each edge of the central square.

Sew the 4 patch units first

Sew the 4 patch units first

Sew the small squares together within each four patch unit.

This makes all the squares the same size, so that you now have three rows of three squares.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the thrifty quilt block.

Basic quilt idea

Basic quilt idea

Thrifty quilt design suggestions

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  Interestingly, it now looks as though the pink and white squares are the main block, rather than the brown and pink squares.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

In order to break the blocks up a bit, I then tried adding a large pinwheel as an alternate block.

I like this design far better – lots more to look at within the quilt.

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Porto Rico Quilt Block Pattern

Porto Rico quilt block

Porto Rico quilt block

I’ve changed the colours slightly to make my own version of the Porto Rico quilt block.  Red, white and blue blocks are always very cheerful looking and I think that this one is a particularly happy looking block.  The finished size is 16″ square.

Cutting requirements for the porto rico quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  two white, eight red, ten blue

4.7/8″ squares:  three blue, three red, four white

5.1/4″ squares:  one white




Make four patch units

Make four patch units

Make the four patch units

If I was making several blocks I would use strip piecing for the four patch units, but as I’m only making one block I have just used individual squares.

Place the 2.1/2″ squares in fours with the blue squares diagonally opposite each other.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  You need to make five units in blue/red and one unit in blue/white.

Add triangles to the square

Add triangles to the square

Make the central section

Cut the 5.1/4″ white square along both diagonals to make four triangles.  Place one triangle on each edge of the blue/white four patch unit.  Sew the triangles to the top and bottom.  Press these open and then sew the two side triangles in place.

Cut one blue and one red 4.7/8″ square along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square.

Add the blue and red triangles

Add the blue and red triangles

Lay these triangles on the edges of the central section.  With the blue small squares running vertically, lay the two blue triangles on the sides and the two red triangles on the top and bottom.

Trim the middle of the edges

Trim the middle of the edges

As before, sew the top and bottom triangles on first, press open and then sew the side (blue) triangles in place.  This completes the central section of the Porto Rico quilt block.

In this section and in the previous stage where you added white triangles, you need to trim the middle of the edges where the triangle tips stick out.

 

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

For the outer frame you need half square triangle units.  Use the remaining 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a white square with either a red or a blue square, right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 4.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red or blue fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Add the half square triangle units

Add the half square triangle units

Complete the layout for the Porto Rico quilt block

Place a red/white and a blue/white half square triangle on each edge of the central square.  Note that I have placed the central section so that the two small blue squares run from bottom left to top right.

On the top the half square triangles are placed red then blue.  On the right hand side they are placed blue then red.   Basically each red triangle on the outer frame should lie against a blue triangle in the inner section.

Add the corner units

Add the corner units

Add the remaining four patch units to form the corners of the block.  place these so that the blue squares always run from bottom left to top right.

Make three rows

Make three rows

Sew the patchwork pieces together across the top row and the bottom row.  For the middle section you will need to sew the half square triangles to each other first and then sew the pieces across the row.

You should end up with three rows.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the Porto Rico quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

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

This makes one of those quilts that look a lot more complicated than they really are.

Using alternate blocks

Using alternate blocks

I tried using an alternate block but didn’t feel that this was terribly interesting.

Using rotated blocks

Using rotated blocks

I know that it doesn’t look much different, but for my third effort I tried rotating alternate blocks.  For some reason that I can’t explain, this one seemed a brighter quilt and I liked it best of the three designs.

Here’s the video:

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Jackson Star Quilt Block Pattern

Jackson star quilt block

Jackson star quilt block

The Jackson star quilt block is a beauty.  I’ve made it in blues because I like blues, although it is more traditionally made in greens.  It’s classified as an eight patch block and I have made it here as a 24″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Jackson star quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight white, twelve dark blue, four light blue

3.7/8″ squares:  twelve each in dark blue and white, four each in light blue and white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with a dark blue or light blue square 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 now 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the blue triangles and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central part of layout

Central part of layout

Make the Jackson star quilt block

I’ve shown the central part of the block first, using two white rectangles for the central square.  You could use a 6.1/2″ square or four 3.1/2″ squares if you prefer.  On each edge of this square place a pair of light blue/white half square triangles.  Note that the two white triangles together make a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  In each corner of this section place a 3.1/2″ light blue square.

For the first frame around the central area place a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles outside the existing light blue/white half square triangles.  Place them so that the four white triangles now form a diamond.  On either side of the half square triangles lay two dark blue squares.  Use this layout on each edge of the central area.

In the outer frame place a white rectangle in the middle of the top and bottom rows, with two white squares in the middle of each side.  On each side of these place a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles.  Place these so that the white triangles form larger triangles pointing in towards the middle.  Lay a white square in each corner of the block.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

For quilt ideas I have shown a basic Jackson star quilt using four blocks in two rows of two.

Alternate design

Alternate design

As an alternative design, I have used just one block but added three borders to it.

Here’s the video:

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Big T Quilt Block – Free Big Block Pattern

Big T quilt block

Big T quilt block

I have made the Big T quilt block as an 18″ square.  There are quite a few blocks named T but this is a particularly pretty one in my view.  It is a very simple block to make and looks more difficult than it is.

Cutting requirements for the Big T quilt block

6.1/2″ squares:  one blue

6.7/8″ squares:  two blue, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  four blue, four white

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make the half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

You need to make half square triangles with both the 3.7/8″ and the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a blue 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 gives you a pair of half square triangles.  They are either 3.1/2″ square or 6.1/2″ square.  Press the seams towards the blue and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Big T quilt block layout

Big T quilt block layout

Make the Big T quilt block

The layout for this block is so simple that I’ll show you the full layout without any steps on the way.

Place the 6.1/2″ blue square in the middle with a white rectangle on each edge.

In each corner place a large blue/white half square triangle with the white on the outside forming the corner of the block.

Outside each white rectangle place two small half square triangles.  Place these so that the two white triangles side by side form a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.

In order to sew the block together, first sew the small half square triangles together in pairs and sew this pair to the white rectangle inside it.  You now have three rows of patchwork pieces which are simple to sew together.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the Big T quilt block.

Basic Big T quilt design

Basic Big T quilt design

Quilt Ideas

For the basic quilt idea I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  Considering how easy the block is to make, I think that the quilt looks satisfyingly complicated.  It’s a good one to impress non-quilters!

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

For an alternate design I have used a block made using half square triangles.  For these I made half square triangles from 9.7/8″ squares.

I think that this is one of the rare occasions when I actually prefer the basic quilt design to the alternate.

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Double Arrow Quilt Block Pattern

Double Arrow quilt block

Double Arrow quilt block

The double arrow quilt block comes to us from the Kansas City Star company a century ago.  You can of course see the double arrows with green tips in one direction and with white tips in the other direction.

It’s classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as a rather enormous 24″ square finished size.  In order to make it smaller I would have to reduce the width of the red and white stripes and it starts to get fiddly when you are working with 1.1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting requirements for the double arrow quilt block

2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ strips:  four white, eight red

12.1/2″ squares:  one white

6.7/8″ squares:  two yellow

7.1/4″ squares:  one white, one green




Make the red/white stripes

You may prefer just to cut the 12.1/2″ strips and sew them together in threes.  I cut 2.1/2″ strips of red, white, red and sewed them together along the length.  These I cut at 6.1/2″ intervals to give me the striped panels.

Make the double arrow quilt block

Double arrow quilt block layout

Double arrow quilt block layout

I’m showing you the full layout straight away because this is such a simple block to make.  Begin with the large white square in the middle.  Place a red/white/red panel on each edge of the square.

Form each corner with a yellow triangle formed by cutting a 6.7/8″ square along one diagonal only.  Place these yellow triangles on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Make the other half of the corner squares with a green and a white triangle formed by cutting 7.1/4″ squares along both diagonals.  Note that these are placed so that the green triangles lie at the ends of the horizontal stripes while the white triangles lie at the ends of the vertical stripes.

Make three rows

Make three rows

Sew the green and white triangles together in pairs.  Add these to the yellow triangles to form squares.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across the rows to form three rows.  Join the rows to each other to complete the double arrow quilt block.

Basic double arrow quilt image

Basic double arrow quilt image

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. This made quite a pleasing quilt – definitely suitable for a gift to a man.

Alternate quilt suggestion

Alternate quilt suggestion

In the alternative quilt I have just rotated every other blocks.  The yellow/green corner squares then form a much more interesting whirligig type design.  I definitely prefer this option.

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Peaceful Evening Quilt Block Pattern

 

The Peaceful Evening quilt block is a very simple block – it was the name that attracted me to it.  I did wonder whether to make it in the pinks and crimsons of a sunset, but then I decided to stick with the traditional shades of green.  I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.

In case you’re wondering, I wrote this pattern before my hand surgery last week!

Cutting requirements for the peaceful evening quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  eight white, eight dark green

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

6.1/2″ squares:  four bright green




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white and a green 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 now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Peaceful evening quilt block layout

Peaceful evening quilt block layout

Assemble the peaceful evening quilt block

The layout for this block is broadly a simple nine patch unit.  Place the 6.1/2″ bright green squares in the middle of the top and bottom rows and at both ends of the middle row.

In each corner place a four patch unit made of one white square and three half square triangle units.  The white squares are always nearest the middle of the block.  The half square triangles are all facing in the same direction as the others within the four patch unit.  Note that they are facing in a new direction in each corner.  Check the photo to be sure of your placement.

For the central square place four half square triangles forming two larger green triangles on the sides and two larger white triangles on the top and bottom.

Sew the four patch units first

Sew the four patch units first

Sew the squares together within each four patch unit first.  Each unit now measures 6.1/2″ squares, so they are the same size as the bright green squares.

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

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Swallow Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Swallow quilt block

Swallow quilt block

I’ve made the Swallow quilt block as promised last week.  This time I have made it correctly!  I have made it as a 12″ square.  It’s very straightforward to make apart from the one corner that I made incorrectly last week when I made the hummingbird quilt block.

Cutting requirements for the swallow quilt block

6.1/2″ square:  one blue

3.7/8″ squares:  four blue, four white

3.1/2″ squares:  two white

2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  one blue, two white

5″ by 2″ rectangles:  one blue, one white

2.3/8″ squares:  two blue




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the larger half square triangle units.  Place a blue 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 produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  The four squares of each colour will make eight half square triangles, but you only need seven for the swallow quilt block.

Make the rectangle sections

Make the rectangle sections

Make the rectangle sections

I’m using a different method to make the smaller triangles in the bottom right corner of the block.

Place a 2.3/8″ blue square on the end of a white 3.1/2″ rectangle and a white 5″ rectangle.  Line up the edges at the end of the rectangle.  The blue squares are slightly wider than the rectangles which will make the final triangles the correct size.

Note that the pin runs from top left to bottom right on the 5″ rectangle, but from bottom left to top right on the 3.1/2″ rectangle.

Trim the excess triangles

Trim the excess triangles

Sew a seam along the pin line, following the diagonal of the square.  Cut along a line 1/4″ outside the seam line.  Discard the two triangles – one white and one blue – created.

Press the remaining triangle back so that you now have a white rectangle with a blue triangle at the end.

Sew blue rectangles to the white ones

Sew blue rectangles to the white ones

Sew a blue rectangle to each white rectangle.

Note that the blue rectangle is on the right of one white rectangle but on the left of the other one.

Swallow quilt block layout

Swallow quilt block layout

Make the swallow quilt block

Place the 6.1/2″ blue square in the middle of the block.  Lay three half square triangles and a white square across the top of the block.

Add two half square triangles to the left hand side of the central square.  These are all placed so that the blue triangle is placed bottom right.

Across the bottom row lay a white square, a half square triangle and the smaller of the two rectangle sections.  Make the right hand column with a white square, a half square triangle and the larger rectangle section with a white rectangle beneath it.  Note that the half square triangles are now placed so that the blue triangle is top left.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the patchwork pieces together in three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the Swallow quilt block.

Basic swallow quilt design

Basic swallow quilt design

Quilt design ideas

For the first quilt I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four – a flock of swallows.  I’m sure somebody out there can tell me the collective noun for swallows!

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

For the second quilt idea, I have rotated the blocks, added some plain red blocks and also used a red square for the middle of some of the swallow blocks.  Needless to say, I find this a far more interesting quilt.

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Hummingbird Quilt Block Pattern

Hummingbird quilt block

Hummingbird quilt block

The Hummingbird quilt block began life as a mistake.  Then I realised that I liked it as it was, so I kept going.  Originally I intended to write a pattern for the Swallows quilt block.  When I put the pieces together I realised that I had miscalculated and had made a totally different block.  However it looked like a hummingbird hovering outside a large trumpet flower, so that’s how it came by its name.

I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.  Although I have used only one colour plus white, I think that I would make it in several different colours if I made it again.




Cutting requirements for the Hummingbird quilt block

6.1/2″ squares:  one purple

3.7/8″ squares:  four purple, four white

3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  one purple, one white

6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  one purple, one white

2.3/8″ squares:  two purple

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white and a purple 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 now 3.1/2″ squares.

The four squares of each colour will actually give you eight units although you will only need seven of them for the hummingbird quilt block.

Place purple squares on the white rectangles

Place purple squares on the white rectangles

Make the rectangle sections

Place a 2.3/8″ purple square on one end of each of the white rectangles.  The squares will overlap slightly on either side of the rectangles.  This is intentional!

Pin the square to the 6.1/2″ rectangle running from top left to bottom right of the square.  Repeat with the 3.1/22 rectangle, but this time have the pins running from bottom left to top right.

Sew along the two pin lines to secure the squares to the rectangles along the diagonals.

Trim the excess triangles

Trim the excess triangles

Trim a line 1/4″ away from the sewn line on each square.  Be careful which side of the seam you cut.  Discard the spare purple and white triangles and press the rest of the purple square open.  The rectangle should now be the same size as before but with a purple triangle on one end.

Add the purple rectangles

Add the purple rectangles

Add the purple rectangles

Place a purple rectangle beside each white rectangle.  Sew them together along the length.

Hummingbird quilt block layout

Hummingbird quilt block layout

Assemble the hummingbird quilt block

Lay the 6.1/2″ purple square in the middle of the block.  Place two half square triangles above the square. Beneath the square place one half square triangle and the small rectangle section.

Down the left hand side of the central square place three half square triangles and a white square.  On the right hand side place a white square followed by a half square triangle and the large rectangle unit.  Check the photo to be sure which way round to place the half square triangles.  I found it helpful to follow the straight lines formed by the diagonals of the half square triangles, with the purple triangles all above or all below the diagonals.

Sew the patchwork pieces together to make three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the hummingbird quilt block.  Next week I’ll make the proper Swallows quilt block and write the pattern up!

Basic hummingbird quilt design

Basic hummingbird quilt design

Quilt design ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I think they remind me a little of a computer game – all waiting to be shot!

Alternate hummingbird quilt design

Alternate hummingbird quilt design

For an alternate design I have rotated the blocks and this throws up with some lovely designs.  The white sections take the look of a submarine periscope.

Here’s the video:

 

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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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