I was in two minds as to whether I should call this quilt prairie flower or noughts and crosses. The basic quilt block is one of Nancy Cabot’s called prairie flower but the overall effect of the quilt makes me think of noughts and crosses. The quilt measures 58″ square and I used 3/4 yard of light blue fabric, 1 yard of dark blue and 1.1/4 yards each of brown and white fabrics. I have used sixteen quilt blocks in four rows of four.
2.1/2″ squares: 192 white, 128 dark blue
2.7/8″ squares: 64 each in brown and white, 64 each in dark blue and light blue
Making the prairie flower quilt block
Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place brown and white squares together and dark blue and light blue squares together, all with right sides facing. Draw 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. These are all 2.1/2″ square.
Lay the squares out for each quilt block. There is a white 2.1/2″ square in each corner with another one just inside the corner and four 2.1/2″ white squares in the middle. Place a pair of dark blue 2.1/2″ squares along each edge of the central square. All the half square triangles are placed around the edge of the quilt block – the brown/white on either side of the corner and the dark blue/light blue in the middle of the edge.
Sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows together to complete the prairie flower quilt block. Make sixteen of these and sew them together in four rows of four blocks.
Prairie flower quilt borders
I have used three borders for this quilt. The first one is made with 2.1/2″ brown strips: two 48.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 52.1/2″ long for the sides.
The second border uses the light blue fabric to provide a good contrast to the brown. Cut 1.1/2″ strips: two 52.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 54.1/2″ long for the sides.
The third and final border is made using 2.1/2″ brown strips again: two 54.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two 58.1/2″ long for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the prairie flower quilt top. It’s a really simple quilt block and comes together beautifully as a quilt. Full details of the final stages of layering, quilting and binding can be found in thebeginner quilting section towards the bottom of that page.
I’ve rewritten all the pages of the website. I hope that I have made the overall structure more simple so that you can find your way round more easily. I’ve added quite a number of quilt block patterns and now they really need splitting into sections: I’d welcome your advice on how best to split them – should I split them alphabetically, or into categories like stars and flowers, or some other way that I haven’t thought of? You can find them on quilt block patterns.
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