There are quite a few quilt blocks called square dance but this particular block makes lovely secondary designs when several are sewn together so that’s why I have chosen it for this project. I love the way those chevrons appear to frame the quilt. The quilt measures 49″ square. I have used 1.1/2 yards light blue fabric, 3/4 yard patterned fabric and brown, with 1/2 yard of the dark blue for the border.
Cutting requirements for the square dance quilt
3.7/8″ squares: fifty four each in light blue and patterned fabric, eighteen each in brown and light blue
3.1/2″ squares: thirty six brown, forty five light blue
five strips 2.1/2″ wide of dark blue border fabric
Making the square dance quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line and cut along the line. This gives you two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ square.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. There are five light blue squares in the centre forming a cross with a light blue/brown half square triangle in each corner of the cross. There is a brown square in the middle of each edge of the quilt block and the rest are patterned/light blue half square triangles – three in each corner. These are placed so that the light blue forms a stripe across the corner. You will obviously see my deliberate mistake – I have placed the bottom right square incorrectly. Luckily I noticed this before I sewed the squares together even though I didn’t notice it when I was taking the photo.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make nine of the square dance quilt blocks and sew them together in three rows of three.
Square dance quilt border
For the border I picked out the dark blue from the patterned fabric and cut 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric. Make two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the square dance quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
I’ve amazed myself by managing to quilt the square dance quilt in time to show you. I’ve used circles, sometimes single and sometimes double. You can see how I did this on machine quilting circles.
Here’s the quilt pattern video:
PS I have just arrived back from the Quilts in the Garden exhibition and you can read about it here.