The arrowhead quilt block is one of those blocks that’s so pretty and has enough going on in it that it can be made up into a small quilt on its own. This one finishes 40″ square and I have used 4″ finished size squares to make it. The fabric requirement is 1.1/4 yards of pink and 3/4 yard of cream for the quilt top and you will need the binding, backing and wadding on top of that.
twenty four 4.1/2″ pink squares
eight cream rectangles 8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″
eight 4.7/8″ squares in both pink and cream
For the border: eight 2.1/2″ pink strips, four 1.1/2″ cream strips, four 5.1/2″ cream squares
Making the quilt top
There is a nine patch unit in each corner of the arrowhead lap quilt. Lay the squares and rectangles out as shown. I have used cream rectangles instead of two squares just to save time. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make four of these.
The central block of the quilt is an 8.1/2″ pink square. I’ve made this using four 4.1/2″ squares as I had already cut 4.1/2″ strips of pink for the nine patch units so it made sense to use them up. Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make one large square.
There are four half square units needed for each of the remaining blocks for the arrowhead lap quilt. These are made by placing a 4.7/8″ square each of pink and cream with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
The final block required for the arrowhead lap quilt uses four half square triangle units and two pin 4.1/2″ squares. Lay them out as shown, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.
Now it’s a simple matter to sew all the blocks together to make the lap quilt. Make sure that the nine patch units are positioned so that the pink squares for the two diagonals and for the other block make sure that the pink arrows are pointing towards the central square. Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows together.
Making the quilt border
For the lap quilt border I sewed together two strips of pink fabric 2.1/2″ wide with a 1.1/2″ cream strip betwen them. You’ll need four of these strips 32.1/2″ long. This is a quick way of sewing several borders together, but as you can see from the left hand photo you can’t just sew them to the edges of the quilt. A cornerstone is needed to make the corners look sensible. I have used 5.1/2″ cream squares for the cornerstones. Sew a border strip to the top and bottom of the quilt and then sew a cornerstone to each end of the remaining border strips. These can then be sewn to the sides of the quilt top.
That’s the arrowhead lap quilt top complete and ready for layering, binding and quilting. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video: