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.

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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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Rocky Road to Dublin Quilt Block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block

The Rocky Road to Dublin quilt block is my first offering of 2017.  I wish you a very Happy New Year.  This is a nine patch block that I have made as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Rocky Road to Dublin quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  fourteen white, six blue, four red

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




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above to make the half square triangles.  Place a blue square with either a red or 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 to produce two half square triangle units.

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

Make the quilt block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block layout

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  If you look at the larger shapes, then it’s not such a complicated layout as it may seem to be.

There are white squares along one complete diagonal and blue squares along the other diagonal.  Beside two corners there are white/blue half squares forming a butterfly shape.  The other two corners are blue/white four patch units – as is the middle of the block.  All the red triangles and squares are placed so as to form four larger red triangles.  Each pair of these large red triangles forms a butterfly shape.

When you’re happy with the layout, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the rocky road to Dublin quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt designs

The basic quilt design, using sixteen of the blocks, gives a decent but not terribly interesting quilt.

Some blocks rotated

Some blocks rotated

However, when you rotate half the blocks it forms a very eyecatching quilt – much more interesting.

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Cats and Mice Quilt Block Pattern

Cats and mice quilt block

Cats and mice quilt block

I have made the Cats and Mice quilt block absolutely enormous for two very good reasons.  The first reason is that I hope that it makes the instructions more clear and the second is that it can now be a central medallion for a quick Linus quilt.  I have made it as a 24″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the cats and mice quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight brown, sixteen white, eight cream

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in cream and white, four each in brown and white, further four squares in cream for the quarter square triangles

4.1/4″ squares:  two white, two brown




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Place the 3.7/8″ squares with right sides together in the pairings listed above.  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 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.  Put these aside so that they don’t get mixed up with the quarter square triangle units.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

The quarter square triangle units

Make half square triangle units as above using the 4.1/4″ brown and white squares.  Place the resulting units right sides together with 3.7/8″ cream squares.  Mark a line along the diagonal that crosses the seam and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line to produce two quarter square triangle units.  Note that these are not the same as each other – the brown and white triangles are in different positions within each unit.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Central area

The central area of the block is a diamond in a square block.  I have chosen to make it with half square triangles this time, but of course you can make it using a different method if you choose.

There are four white squares in the middle and one in each corner.  On each edge of the central square place two cream/white half square triangle units.  Place them so that the cream triangles always form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle.

The next frame

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

For the next frame place a dark brown square in each corner, with two cream squares in the middle of each edge.  Now the quarter square triangles need some care!  I have placed the four in the top half of the block correctly.  I have placed the two in row five correctly.  However the two in the bottom row are not correct in the photo.  They should be swapped with each other.

Concentrate on the white square inside this frame:  it should be a plain square, but instead there are two white triangles added to the square at the bottom.  If the two quarter square triangles are swapped the white triangles will be on the outside, not the inside.

Add the outer frame

Add the outer frame

Add the final frame

Finally, add the outer frame.  There’s a brown square in each corner with a brown/white half square triangle on each side of the corners.  Place two cream/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge, with a white square on either side of these.

Check and double check the placement of your quarter square triangles – they are still wrong in this photo, but luckily I did notice and correct them while I was sewing everything together.

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

Medallion cats and mice quilt

Medallion cats and mice quilt

Cats and Mice Quilt designs

This is how I intend to use my cats and mice quilt block – with three borders to make a small 36″ square quilt.

Alternative design

Alternative design

This is how the block looks if you made it smaller and then used several in a quilt.  I’ve actually shown sixteen blocks here, which is perhaps a little optimistic!

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Century of Progress Quilt Block

Century of progress quilt block

Century of progess quilt block

The Century of Progress quilt block attracted me because it looked as if the construction was going to be far more complex than seemed necessary for such a simple looking block.  The only way that I could see to make it at first was by using partial seams.  Then I had a lightbulb moment and realised that if I split one rectangle into a square and a smaller rectangle, then the whole block would slip together in no time at all.

Having said that, I still think that it’s a slightly weird block!  At least it doesn’t have any half square triangles, for those of you who don’t like them.  I’ve made it here as an 8″ square finished size.




Cutting requirements for the century of progress quilt block

Dark blue:  1.1/2″ square, 1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle

Medium blue:  2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle

Light blue:  2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle, 1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangle

White:  1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ square

Century of progress quilt block layout

Century of progress quilt block layout

Making the century of progress quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown.  That looks a right mess, doesn’t it?

In fact, it is now deceptively simple to sew together.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the two pieces across the top row together.  The three rectangles to the left beneath the top row can now be sewn together.  The white square and medium blue rectangle belong together and the two rectangles in the bottom left section need to be joined together.  Now you can sew the two left hand sections together and the two right hand rectangles together.  Sew these sections to each other and then add the rectangle across the top.  That completes the century of progess quilt block.

Basic century of progress quilt

Basic century of progress quilt

For a quilt idea, I used nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  I didn’t like this quilt at first, but it’s grown on me and now I think that it’s quite an unusual and attractive quilt design.

Same quilt with red instead of white

Same quilt with red instead of white

To pepper it up a bit, I tried the same quilt but with red exchanged for the white sections of the block.  I liked this one even more.

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Belles Favourite Quilt Block Pattern

Belles favourite quilt block

Belles favourite quilt block

The Belles Favourite quilt block is a striking two colour block – obviously made in my favourite blue!  It’s classified as a four patch block and has no half square triangle units.

Cutting requirements for the belles favourite quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four blue

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

4.3/4″ squares:  two blue

3.7/8″ squares:  four white




Sew triangles to the square

Sew triangles to the square

Making the belles favourite quilt block

Make the diamond in a square parts of this block by sewing white triangles to each edge of the large blue square.  The triangles are made from the 3.7/8″ squares cut along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square.

Diamond in square completed

Diamond in square completed

First sew the triangles to the top and bottom of the square.  Press the triangles open with the seam allowances away from the square and then sew the two remaining triangles to the sides.

Note that the triangles stick out 1/4″ each side of the blue square.  This is necessary to give straight edges in the finished square.  When you’ve added all the triangles, trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.

Belles favourite quilt block layout

Belles favourite quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out for the full Belles favourite quilt block.  Make the top and bottom rows with two blue squares and a white rectangle between them.  Make the middle row with two diamond in squares side by side.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Belles favorite block (American spelling).

Basic belles favourite quilt idea

Basic belles favourite quilt idea

For the basic quilt idea, I have just sewn sixteen blocks together in four rows of four.

I’ve added the red border to give a bit of pop to the quilt.

Quilt idea with rotations

Quilt idea with rotations

Next I tried rotating alternate blocks.  I think that this gives a more interesting quilt – but one that is still very simple and quick to make.

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Spool and Bobbin Quilt Block Pattern

Spool and bobbin quilt block

Spool and bobbin quilt block

The spool and bobbin quilt block is a simple four patch block that I have made here as a 12″ square.  Not many half square triangles required, you’ll be pleased to hear!

The red is more of a crimson in real life – it blends better with the lilac and purple than shows in the photo!

Cutting requirements for the spool and bobbin quilt block

3.7/8″ squares: two red, two purple

3.1/2″ squares: four red

6.1/2″ squares:  two lilac




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the spool and bobbin quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a red 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 to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the purple and snip the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

Spool and bobbin quilt block layout

Lay the pieces out for the block – a large lilac square in two corners along one diagonal and a four patch red and purple four patch unit in the other two corners.

Sew the four patch units together

Sew the four patch units together

The four patch units are made with two red squares along one diagonal and two half square triangles along the other diagonal.  The red squares form the diagonal of the block, with the half square triangles lying across each corner.  The purple triangles all point away from the middle of the block.

Sew the patches of the four patch units together first. Then sew these larger patches together in pairs and sew the pairs to each other to complete the spool and bobbin quilt block.

Quilt ideas using this block

Basic spool and bobbin quilt idea

Basic spool and bobbin quilt idea

For a basic quilt idea, I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  Quite a good quilt if you want to showcase some particular fabrics.

Quilt idea using rotations

Quilt idea using rotations

Then I tried using rotations of the blocks.  This gives a completely different quilt, but a fairly standard design that could probably be made more quickly using different quilt blocks – square in square for example.

Here’s the video:

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Mill Wheel Quilt Block Pattern

Mill wheel quilt block

Mill wheel quilt block

The Mill Wheel quilt block is a perfectly delightful block – I’m so pleased that I found it.  It’s classified as a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the mill wheel quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  six each in dark blue and cream, two each in light blue and cream




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with all the squares.  Place a dark blue or a light blue square right sides together with a cream 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.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Making the mill wheel quilt block

Mill wheel quilt block layout

Mill wheel quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  As usual, it’s most easy to look for the larger shapes.  The four dark blue/cream half square triangles in the middle are placed so that the dark blue triangles form a diamond shape in the middle.

If you begin at the top left corner and look clockwise round the edge of the block, you’ll see that there’s a larger dark blue triangle formed from two half square triangles followed by a larger light blue/dark blue triangle again formed by two half square triangles.  This pattern is repeated down each side and across the bottom of the block.

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

Basic mill wheel quilt design

Basic mill wheel quilt design

For the first quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  Not a terribly interesting quilt.

Mill wheel quilt with alternate block

Mill wheel quilt with alternate block

So then I decided to use an alternate block.  This quilt is still made with sixteen blocks, but in this case there are eight mill wheel blocks and eight diamond in a square blocks as an alternate block.  Definitely much more interesting.

Smaller version of the alternate quilt

Smaller version of the alternate quilt

Finally, I reduced the size of the quilt to nine blocks in three rows of three.  This was made with four mill wheel blocks and five alternate blocks – I found it surprising how different it looks from the bigger version.

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Ribbons Quilt Block Pattern

Ribbons quilt block

Ribbons quilt block

The Ribbons quilt block is a simple four patch block made entirely with half square triangles.  I have made it here as a 12″ finished size square.

Cutting requirements for the ribbons quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in green and white, four each in yellow and white




Making the ribbons quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles with all the squares.  Place a white square right sides together with either a green or a yellow 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 3.1/2″ squares.

Ribbons quilt block layout

Ribbons quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the first two rows the squares are placed green, yellow, green, yellow while in the last two rows the order is yellow, green, yellow, green.

The green triangles are placed side by side to form short stripes, as are the yellow triangles.  The white triangles are placed together so that you have a white triangle in each corner and a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle in the top and bottom rows.  In addition the white triangles form two diamond shapes in the middle of the block.

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

Basic ribbons quilt idea

Basic ribbons quilt idea

For the quilt ideas, I have shown first sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  This is a pretty quilt and if you stare at it long enough you can see elements of a tumbling blocks design.

Ribbons quilt with an extra colour

Ribbons quilt with an extra colour

I wondered what it would look like as a scrappy quilt, so I added a different colour to replace the green in alternate blocks.  I think that this adds a bit more interest to the quilt and you could definitely add many more colours, although I think that I would leave the yellow and just replace the green to keep the ribbon effect.

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Turkey In Straw Quilt Block Pattern

Turkey in straw quilt block

Turkey in straw quilt block

The Turkey in Straw quilt block seemed an appropriate choice with both Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon.  It’s a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.

It’s made entirely with half square triangles, so apologies to those of you who don’t like triangles!

Cutting requirements for the turkey in straw quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  ten dark brown, ten light brown, eighteen white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the turkey in straw quilt block

Make half square triangle units with all the squares.  Place a white square right sides together with a dark brown or a light brown 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.

Turkey in the straw quilt block layout

Turkey in the straw quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.

I find it easiest to think of this block in terms of a series of four patch units.

In each corner and in the middle there’s a four patch unit made with four dark brown/white half square triangles, placed so that the dark brown triangles form a diamond.  The remaining spaces are taken up by light brown/white half square triangles.  These are placed so that the light brown triangles form a V shape.  The light brown V is rotated so that the bottom of the V is always nearest the central dark brown diamond.

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

Basic turkey in the straw quilt

Basic turkey in the straw quilt

For quilt ideas I began with a straightforward design of nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

Add some red for extra pop

Add some red for extra pop

Then I added a bit of pop by introducing some red.  For this one I changed all the outer triangles in each block from white to red.  This definitely makes a more interesting quilt.

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