LEAP FROG QUILT PATTERN


Leap frog quilt

Leap frog quilt

 

This quilt is based very loosely on the leap frog quilt block, but I have made changes to that block.  Once again there are some unexpected secondary designs showing up.  The quilt is 44″ square and I have used one yard of red fabric and just over 1.1/4 yards of green.

 

 

Cutting requirements

thirty two red 2.1/2″ squares, seventeen red 4.1/2″ squares

forty eight 2.7/8″ squares in both red and green

twelve 4.7/8″ squares in both red and green

twenty four 4.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ green rectangles

Making the quilt blocks

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

Use all the 2.7/8″ and 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red and a green square with right sides togethr and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.

 

 

Leap frog quilt block layout

Leap frog quilt block layout

 

I have made this quilt using four large quilt blocks.  Each block is constructed with four corner units joined by green sashing.  The first corner unit is made using the half square triangles made from 2.7/8″ squares with a 2.1/2″ red square in each corner.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares

 

 

One corner unit of the leap frog quilt block

One corner unit of the leap frog quilt block

 

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to make an 8.1/2″ corner unit.  You will need two of these for each quilt block, so make eight of them.

 

 

 

Layout for the second corner unit

Layout for the second corner unit

Sew the four squares together

Sew the four squares together

For the second corner unit I have super sized the shape used in the first corner unit.  The block is made with one 4.1/2″ red square and three half square triangles made using 4.7/8″ squares.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make a four patch unit.  You will need eight of these.

 

Use 4.1/2" green strips for the sashing

Use 4.1/2″ green strips for the sashing

 

Each block is made using two of each of the corner units with a 4.1/2″ red square in the middle and 4.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ green strips forming a cross shape between the corner units.  Sew the patchwork together across each row and then sew the rows together.

 

 

Making up the quilt

I have used the same sashing to join the completed quilt blocks – in the photo you can see a gren and red strip on the right of the block which will be used to join it to the second block.  Sew the blocks together in pairs with a sashing strip between them.

Sew the blocks together with sashing

Sew the blocks together with sashing

Finally, make a sashing strip to join the two pairs of blocks together.  For this you will need four of the green rectangles and three red squares.  Sew this strip to the bottom of the first pair of blocks and then sew the second pair of blocks to the bottom of the sashing strip.

The leap frog quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

 

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