Starry Path Quilt Block Pattern

Starry path quilt block

Starry path quilt block

The Starry Path quilt block should be simple to make – it’s made entirely with squares, rectangles and half square triangles.  However I ended up unpicking several times because it’s terribly easy to place the half square triangles incorrectly.

I’ve made it here as a big block (24″ square finished size), so that I can use it as the basis for a Linus quilt by adding a few borders to it.

Cutting requirements for the starry path quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  seventeen blue, seventeen white

3.1/2″ squares:  two blue, six white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two white, two blue

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two blue




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make 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 fabric and trim the two seams where the fabric sticks out.

Top four rows

Top four rows

The first four rows of the block

I am showing the layout in pairs of rows to make it easier to see how the block goes together.  It can become a bit of a blur of half square triangles otherwise.  Look for the larger shapes to help you place the triangles.  There’s an egg timer shape formed by four half square triangles at the end of the first pair of rows.  This shape is repeated two squares before the end of the second pair of rows.  Note the progression of the white on the left hand side of the rows:  a triangle in the first row, a square and a triangle in the second row, a 6.1/2″ strip and a triangle in the third row with a 9.1/2″ white strip plus triangle in the fourth row.

I found it easiest to sew the squares together across each of these rows and sew the rows together first before continuing with the bottom half of the starry path quilt block.

The lower 4 rows

The lower 4 rows

The lower four rows

Once again, look for the larger shapes.  The egg timer shape continues down the diagonal, appearing two squares before the beginning of the fifth and sixth rows and then in the bottom left hand corner.  Note that along the other diagonal the blue is now appearing below the diagonal whereas it had been above the diagonal in the top half of the block.

I also found it helped to check the length of each row as I laid them out.  When you have strips of so many different lengths it’s possible to leave a square out without realising that you have.

Finally, sew the squares together across the rows and sew these rows to the top four rows.

Basic starry path quilt design

Basic starry path quilt design

Quilt designs

I’ve shown a basic quilt design using nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

Quilt design with rotations

Quilt design with rotations

However when you start rotating the blocks, a very pleasing design shows up.  You’d need to make the blocks smaller to make this quilt – it would be a 16″ block if you used 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″ squares to make it.

Here’s the video:

Jacks Delight Quilt Block Pattern

Jacks delight quilt block

Jacks delight quilt block

The Jacks Delight quilt block is made using a diagonal setting but as usual it isn’t too difficult if you take it in small stages.  I’ve made it here as an 18″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Jacks Delight quilt block

5.3/8″ squares:  five brown, five white

6.7/8″ squares:  two white, cut along one diagonal

9″ square:  one brown




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use four each of the brown and white 5.3/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a brown 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 which are now 5″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the brown and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Jacks delight quilt block layout

Jacks delight quilt block layout

Make the Jacks delight quilt block

Place the 9″ brown square in the middle of the layout.  On each edge of the square place two half square triangle units.  These all have a white edge against the square, but check the photo to be sure of which way to lay the half square triangles.

The layut shown on the right shows the block as it will lookwhen finished, although the photo below shows the layout as it will be sewn.

View of the layout as it will be sewn

View of the layout as it will be sewn

Outside each pair of half square triangles place a white triangle formed by cutting a 6.7/8″ square along one diagonal.  These form the corners of the quilt block.

Sew the patchwork pieces together in rows

Sew the pieces together across the rows

Sew the pieces together across the rows

Think of the block in terms of rows of patchwork pieces where the white triangle is the first and last row and the middle row has a white triangle at each end.

You should have two 5.3/8″ squares left – one brown and one white.  Cut them both along one diagonal.  In the second row place a white triangle at the beginning and a brown triangle at the end.

In the row above the bottom white triangle, place a brown triangle at the beginning of the row and a white triangle at the end.

For the middle section, sew the two half square triangles to each other vertically.  You will then be able to sew the white triangles, half square triangles and central square together in one row.

When you have sewn the pieces together into three rows, sew the rows to each other to complete the Jacks delight quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Jacks delight quilt ideas

I have shown a basic quilt using nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

Just for interest, I then tried changing the colour in some of the blocks.

I think this second option gives a more interesting quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Arrant Red Birds Quilt Block Pattern

Arrant red birds quilt block

Arrant red birds quilt block

The Arrant Red Birds quilt block is another misnomer.  Once again I have made it in the traditional colours of blues and white, although I feel that logically it should be made in reds and white.  I’ve made it as a 16″ square finished size.

In case you’re wondering, the dictionary defines arrant as either thorough (as in I sometimes talk arrant nonsense!) or as wandering.  I guess that it’s the second definition that works for this block name.




Cutting requirements for the arrant red birds quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  eight dark blue

2.7/8″ squares:  ten each in light blue and white, eighteen each in dark blue and white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a light blue or a dark blue square.  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.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make the arrant red birds quilt block

Layout for central area

Layout for central area

I’m showing the central area first to keep things simple.  There are four dark blue squares in the middle and a dark blue/white half square triangle in each corner.  On each edge of the central square place two light blue/white half square triangle units.  Place the light blue triangles with the blue triangles side by side forming a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

For the next frame place a dark blue square in each corner.  Between each pair of corners place two pairs of dark blue/white half square triangles.  Place these so that there is a larger white triangle pointing outwards in the middle of each edge.  The dark blue triangles on either side of this form a stripe together with the other blue triangles.  Together they form the dark blue diamond shaped frame.

Arrant red birds quilt block layout

Arrant red birds quilt block layout

Now add the last frame, giving you the full layout for the arrant red birds quilt block.  In the middle of each edge place two dark blue/white half square triangles, forming a larger dark blue triangle pointing away from the middle.

Across each edge there are two sets of four half square triangles.  They alternate dark blue and light blue and are placed so that the blue triangles on either side of the central pair face the same way as each other.

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

Do check the photo carefully before you sew everything together.  I managed to mis place one pair of triangles and it took me ages to unpick and re sew the seam.

Quilt design ideas

Basic arrant red birds quilt image

Basic arrant red birds quilt image

For quilt ideas I have shown a basic quilt with sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

Half the blocks have the colours swapped

Half the blocks have the colours swapped

Then to introduce some variety I tried swapping the light blue and dark blue for an alternate block.

I rather like this version – it’s far more interesting to look at.

Here’s the video:

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Coxcomb Quilt Block Pattern

Coxcomb quilt block

Coxcomb quilt block

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Central section

Central section

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.

Coxcomb quilt block layout

Coxcomb quilt block layout

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.

Make three columns

Make three columns

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

Basic coxcomb quilt image

Basic coxcomb quilt image

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.

With added purple

With added purple

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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Indian Hatchet Quilt Block Pattern

Indian hatchet quilt block

Indian hatchet quilt block

The Indian Hatchet quilt block is a gorgeous four patch block but just requires a little concentration when you’re laying out the half square triangles.  Or keep your seam ripper handy – I needed mine a couple of times!  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the indian hatchet quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four brown, twelve white, four yellow

4.1/2″ squares:  one brown

3.7/8″ squares:  three each in brown and white, seventeen each in yellow and white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with either a yellow or a brown square.  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 which are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the yellow or brown and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central area layout

Central area layout

Central area of the block

I think it will be clearer if I show you the layout in stages, beginning with the central area.  The 4.1/2″ brown square goes in the middle of the block.  Place brown squares in two corners and white squares in the other two corners.

There are two yellow/white half square triangles along each edge of the central square.  The yellow triangles face the same way within each pair of squares.

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

Add the next frame of the block

Here the layout is again straightforward.  Across each corner place a yellow square with a yellow/white half square triangle on either side to form a larger yellow triangle at each corner.  Place two white squares between each pair of corners.

Indian hatchet quilt block layout

Indian hatchet quilt block layout

Indian hatchet quilt block full layout

Try and just concentrate on the outer frame in the photo.  There are brown squares in two corners with white squares in the other two corners – same as in the central area.

In the middle of each edge place two white/yellow half square triangles so that the white triangles together form a larger triangle pointing outwards.  There are two half square triangles on either side of these pairs.  I won’t try and describe how each one is laid other than to say notice that there are two brown/white half square triangles on one edge of two of the corners with one brown/white unit on the other side of that corner.  The rest are all yellow/white half square triangles.

When you are happy that you have all the triangles facing the correct way sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the indian hatchet quilt block.

Basic quilt image

Basic quilt image

Quilt ideas

The first image uses the indian hatchet quilt block only.  It does have some interesting features but I didn’t feel that it was a quilt that I was itching to make.

With 4 patch alternate block

With 4 patch alternate block

So for the second quilt I tried a simple four patch in yellow and brown for an alternate block.

OK, but nothing special.

With diamond in a square alternae block

With diamond in a square alternate block

Finally for the third option I tried a diamond in a square alternate block.  This is made with four yellow/brown half square triangle units.

Success!  This is the only one of the three options that I would like to make.

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Star and Chains Quilt Block Pattern

Star and chains quilt block

Star and chains quilt block

The star and chains quilt block is a total delight and is easily made with just squares and half square triangles.  It is also known as rolling star and ring around the star, which are both very appropriate names for it.  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the star and chains quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve red, twelve white

2.7/8″ squares:  twenty red, twenty white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red 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 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red triangle and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the star and chains quilt block

Central section

Central section

I am showing the layout in stages for the sake of clarity.  The central section is made in four rows of four.  In the middle I have placed four 2.1/2″ red squares, although you could use a 4.1/2″ square if you prefer.

Place a white square in each corner with two half square triangle units between each pair of corners.  Lay the half square triangles so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle of the block.

The next frame

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

Placement of the next frame is more simple than it may look.

Once again there is a white square in each corner.  Between each pair of corners there are four half square triangles.  Now these can be placed most easily by beginning with two half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Place these so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing away from the middle – and also completing a white diamond with the white triangles inside it.  Once these middle two half square triangles are in place, it is more clear to see how to place the remaining two along each edge so that they form red stripes.

Add the outer frame

Full layout of the star and chains quilt block

Full layout of the star and chains quilt block

Finally you can add the outer frame of the star and chains quilt block. Begin with a white square in each corner.  Add the two half square triangles in the middle , forming a larger white triangle pointing outwards.  On each side of this pair place a red square and then another half square triangle.

As ever, it helps if you look for the larger shapes:  check that you have a star in the middle, four white diamonds around the star and larger white triangles in the corners and also just inside the corners.

Once you’re happy with the layout, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star and chains quilt block.

Basic star and chains quilt

Basic star and chains quilt

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  As expected, this makes a lovely eyecatching quilt.

With added yellow

With added yellow

For a second quilt option, I tried adding a little yellow to each block.  This doesn’t make a huge difference to the look of the quilt, but I was pleased with this version of the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Delectable Mountain Quilt Block Pattern

Delectable mountain quilt block

Delectable mountain quilt block

Once again, I chose to make the Delectable Mountain quilt block because I like its name!  It’s also a very pretty block and easy to make if you don’t mind making half square triangle units.  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the delectable mountain quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  four white, twelve green

2.7/8″ squares:  twenty four green, twenty four white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a green 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 will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Outer frame

Outer frame

Make the delectable mountain quilt block

I have shown the outer frame of the quilt block first.  There’s a white square in each corner and just inside each corner there are three green squares placed as a two and a one.

Between each pair of corners there are two sets of three green/white half square triangles.  Place the middle two of these so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  Then the correct placement of the rest of the half square triangles follows logically.

Delectable mountain quilt block layout

Delectable mountain quilt block layout

When the full layout is shown, the trick is to look for the larger shapes in order to make sure that the triangles are all facing in the correct direction.

The five white diamonds are an obvious first choice.  Then check that the four green shapes make crown shapes, forming the spokes of the central star.  As a final check, make sure that the overall white diamond enclosing the star is showing.

I had a slight problem in that I instinctively wanted to make those green shapes into diamonds.  This meant that I didn’t have a star shape and the big white diamond wasn’t complete, so it is worth standing back to look at these shapes to check them.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Delectable mountain quilt ideas

I became a little carried away with quilt designs for this block.  The first design shows sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I like the way the triangles in the outer frame of each block appear to form sashing strips.

Add red to the middle of the blocks

Add red to the middle of the blocks

In the second design I added red to the middle of each block and a red border.

I think that this one is my favourite of the designs, although it would be a very large quilt!

Added sashing

Added sashing

Finally I tried adding red sashing to the second design, even though I had already settled on the second choice as my favourite.

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Square Up Quilt Block Pattern

Square up quilt block

Square up quilt block

The square up quilt block is a simple four patch block.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the square up quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in red and white, two each in red and yellow, one each in yellow and gold, one each in yellow and white

3.1/2″ squares four red




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

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 triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Square up quilt block layout

Square up quilt block layout

Make the square up quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the middle place the yellow/white and yellow/gold half square triangles. Make sure that the yellow triangle is always on the outside.  Place a red/white half square triangle in each corner with the white on the outside, forming the corner of the block.

On each edge of the block, between the corner squares, place a red/yellow half square triangle and a red square.  Notice how each pair of yellow triangles combine to form a larger yellow triangle.  These are the spokes of the star.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt ideas

Although I think that this block is a great design, it loses itself if used on its own in a quilt.  I’ve shown it here with sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

With sashing added

With sashing added

The simple addition of sashing makes a much better quilt, I feel.  Now the design of the block can be seen more easily.

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Electric Fan Quilt Block Pattern

Electric fan quilt block

Electric fan quilt block

The electric fan quilt block is perhaps not appropriate for the time of year – but we can always dream and pretend that the weather is hot enough to warrant an electric fan!  It’s a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the electric fan quilt block

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




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the squares to make half square triangles in the pairings listed above.  Place a blue square right sides together with either a red or a white 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 darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Electric fan quilt block layout

Electric fan quilt block layout

Make the electric fan quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  I find that it helps to look for the larger shapes in order to be sure that you have placed the squares correctly.  There’s a larger white triangle formed by two white triangles along each edge of the block.  A larger blue triangle forms the other half of each edge.  The middle of the block is made with a blue/red pinwheel layout.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt ideas

The first quilt design shows sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I felt that the design of the block became lost in this quilt design

Same design with sashing

Same design with sashing

For the second design I added 2″ white sashing and this separates the blocks out, which I feel gives a better looking quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Easy Do Quilt Block Pattern

Easy Do quilt block

Easy Do quilt block

Easy Do quilt block – now there’s a name to warm the heart! It actually is a very easy block to make and I’ve made it here as a 20″ square. You wouldn’t need too many of them to make a quilt.

Cutting requirements for the easy do quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen brown, sixteen light yellow, eight medium yellow, eight white

4.1/2″ squares:  one brown

8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  four dark yellow

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in medium yellow and light yellow, four each in medium yellow and white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the corner units

Layout for the corners

Layout for the corners

The corner units are all the same as each other, and I think that the block is much more easy to follow if you make the corners separately first.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four as shown.

Across the first row place brown, white, medium yellow and a medium yellow/light yellow half square triangle.  The second row is made using white, brown, medium yellow/white half square triangle and a light yellow square.

In the third row there’s a medium yellow square followed by medium yellow/white half square triangle, then a brown and light yellow square.  Finally the fourth row is made using a medium yellow/light yellow half square triangle followed by two yellow and one brown square.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make four of these corner units.

Easy Do quilt block layout

Easy Do quilt block layout

Assembling the easy do quilt block

Place one corner unit in each corner, rotating them so that the brown squares always follow the diagonals.  Form a middle row using two of the dark yellow rectangles and a brown 4.1/2″ square between them.  Place a dark yellow rectangle vertically between the top two corners and between the bottom two rectangles.

Sew the units together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the easy do quilt block.

Quilt suggestion

Easy do quilt suggestion

Easy do quilt suggestion

This is how the block would look if nine blocks were sewn together in three rows of three.  I feel that this is a delightful quilt that you could make in many different colour combinations.

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