This quilt block is far more simple to make than it looks although it is constructed using diagonal rows rather than the standard horizontal rows. It’s a Nancy Cabot five patch block and I have made it as a 13.1/22 block.
one 3.1/4″ light blue square cut along both diagonals to make four triangles for the corners
four 2.7/8″ squares in both white and light blue, cut along one diagonal for the infill triangles
2.1/2″ squares: four light blue, nine dark blue, nine white
two rectangles in both light blue and white 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″
four 2.7/8″ squares in light blue and white for the half square triangles
Making the table topper
Make the half square triangles by placing two squares with right sides together. 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.
The infill triangles are made by cutting the 2.7/8″ squares along one diagonal while the corner triangles are made by cutting the 2.1/4″ square along both diagonals.
As the block is constructed diagonally, the first patch is a corner triangle. The row underneath is made from a light blue square with a white infill triangle on each side. The third row is made using a white, light blue then white square with a blue infill triangle on each end of the row. Rows four and five continue getting longer as they work towards the longest row which joins the two diagonals.
The left hand photo shows the squares sewn together across the rows of the first five rows. I have sewn these rows to each other before laying out the squares for the remaining rows – shown on the right. Check the photo carefuly to see which way to place the infill triangles.
When all the rows have beensewn together to complete the block, cut a square of batting and backing fabric the same size. Lay the wadding down first, then the backing fabric with right side up and then the patchwork with right side down. Sew round three and a half edges, leaving a gap to turn the project right side out.
Trim the edges and clip the corners before turning the table topper right side out, pushing gently into the corners. Turn under a small seam across the gap and press. top stitch about 1/2″ from the edge and stitch in the ditch around the central square to secure the three layers together.
That’s the garden path table topper complete.