I thought that the Please Paths quilt block was quite a pretty blic, but I wasn’t prepared for the extra design elements that would show up when several of them were sewn together – that was a real bonus. I think I’m going to include this in both lap quilt and baby quilt patterns because it would be great as either one of them.
The lap quilt finishes about 43″ square including the border and the total fabric requirement is about one yard each of red and pink fabric. That’s for the quilt top only.
red fabric: thirteen 4.1/2″ strips, three 2.1/2″ squares
pink fabric: four 4.1/2″ strips, four 6.1/2″ strips, ten 2.1/2″ squares
In addition you will need two 2.7/8″ squares in both colours.
For the quilt border: five 2.7/8″ strips of red and pink
Making the quilt
Make the four half square triangles first by placing one red with one pink 2.7/8″ square, 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 triangles from each pair of squares.
Lay the patchwork out as shown. I don’t think there’s any point in me listing the pieces. There are seven rows of nine blocks each. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make four of these quilt blocks.
Sew the pleasant path quilt blocks together in two pairs and then sew the pairs together. This makes a quilt top 28″ by 36″ and you could just finish it there. I decided to make a quilt border and ended up spending more time on the quilt border than I had on the quilt blocks!
I made a huge pile of half square triangles using 2.7/8″ squares of red and pink fabric. I used sixteen of these to make four pinwheel blocks as shown on the right for cornerstones and I made the rest into squares as shown on the left.
Make two strips of nine of these squares to go across the top and bottom of the pleasant paths quilt top and two strips of seven squares to be sewn to the sides. Sew a pinwheel cornerstone to each end of the two side strips. Although it was a lot of extra time, I think it was worth adding that border. An easier way to make the squares on point might have been to cut a square and add triangles all round, but once I had begun using half square triangles I felt that it was best to stick with them.
The pleasant path quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.
Here’s the video: