I have some gorgeous black dragonfly fabric that I thought needed highlighting within a quilt, so made this simple lap quilt using the black beauty quilt block, one of Nancy Cabot’s four patch blocks dating from the 1930’s. The finished quilt is 32″ square and it uses fractionally over half a yard of each of the two fabrics.
eight 4.7/8″ squares in both black and white
twenty four 4.1/2″ white squares, eight 4.1/2″ black squares
eight 8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ black rectangles
Making the quilt top
Use all the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place two triangles 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.
Lay the squares out in four rows of eight squares. Make two of these because the quilt block is symmetrical so rows rive to eight are the same as rows one to four, just placed the other way. Rows four and five are the same, rows six and three are the same and so on. Sew the squares together across each row.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the black beauty quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.