SWAMP ANGEL QUILT PATTERN


Well, July is turning out to be a really exciting month.  First and foremost, my daughter Samantha is home for the summer which is great news – even if I had forgotten how untidy she is!  But the good news seems to just keep arriving.  This week the Moda Bakeshop have featured another of my designs – the biscuit quilt – and Patchwork and Quilting magazine have my site as the featured website in the issue out this week.  All very exciting.

Quarter square triangle quilt

Quarter square triangle quilt

But of course the excitement can’t get in the way of the quilting.  For this month’s project I wanted to have a look at quarter square triangles in quilts.  They can make a quilt design look far more intricate than it really is without involving you in terribly fiddly work.

You can make quarter square triangles with just two colours and then the patchwork squares all look the same or you can use several colours and come up with some lovely blocks, but you do need to watch out for mirror images.  For this quilt pattern I have used the simplest quarter square triangle quilt blocks, but I have given some examples for the more complicated ones at the end of the page.

The quilt block that I have chosen delights in the name of Swamp Angel and it is basically a square surrounded by half square triangle and quarter square triangle quilt blocks.  To make a quilt measuring 64″ by 46″, I have made six of the swamp angel quilt blocks and used a wide border with quarter square triangles in the corners.  I have used five different fabrics.

Fabric requirements

3/4 yard each of red, cream and yellow fabrics, 1/2 yard of brown fabric, 1 yard of olive fabric.  In addition you will need 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding and sufficient backing and wadding for a 64″ square.

Making the swamp angel quilt blocks

Cut strips of fabrics to make squares

Cut strips of fabric to make squares

Make half square triangle quilt blocks

Make half square triangle quilt blocks

Cut two strips across the width of two of the fabrics 6.1/2″ wide and cut them at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You should get six squares from each strip of fabric.  Place a square of each colour with right sides togethr and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the diagonal and then cut along the marked line.  This gives you two squares each made of a half square triangle of each of the two fabrics.  Press the seam towards the dark fabric.

Place two half square triangles with right sides together

Place two half square triangles with right sides together

Make quarter square triangle quilt blocks

Make quarter square triangle quilt blocks

Take two of these half square triangle blocks and place them with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal – the diagonal that goes across both fabrics.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This gives you two squares each made up of four quarter square triangles.  It really is as simple as that, and you haven’t had to work with fiddly small triangles to make the block.  Great, isn’t it!  Continue with the remaining squares to make twenty four quarter square triangle quilt blocks for the main quilt top.  You will also need four quarter square triangle units for the corners which means cutting another two 6.1/2″ squares of these two fabrics.

Make half square triangle blocks

Make half square triangle blocks

 

For the half square triangle blocks, cut two 6.1/4″ strips each of another two fabrics and cut them at 6.1/42 intervals to make squares.  Place one brown and one cream square with right sides together and make half square triangles as above.

 

Add quarter square triangles on the sides of the square

Add quarter square triangles on the sides of the square

Add half square triangles in the corners

Add half square triangles in the corners

Cut one strip 5.7/8″ wide from the fifth (olive) fabric and cut at 5.7/8″ intervals to make squares.  Lay the olive squares in the middle with a quarter square triangle block above and below and to each side.  Add a half square triangle block in each corner.  check the photo to see which way all the triangles face.

 

Sew the swamp angel quilt blocks together

Swamp angel quilt block

Swamp angel quilt block

 

With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam, sew the quilt squares together in rows and then sew the rows together.  This will give you six swamp angel quilt blocks.  Sew them together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to give a quilt top of three rows of two quilt blocks.

 

First swamp angel quilt border

Add the quilt border to the top and bottom

Add the quilt border to the top and bottom

Add cornerstones to the side border

Add cornerstones to the side border

For the first part of the quilt border, cut four strips of olive fabric 5.7/8″ wide.  Cut two of them into lengths of 33″  and use the leftovers to sew to the other two lengths to give two lengths of 49.1/2″.  Sew the 33″ lengths to the short edges of the quilt top.  Sew one quarter square triangle unit to each end of the 49.1/2″ lengths and sew these strips to the long edges of the quilt top.

 

Second swamp angel quilt border

The second quilt border

The second quilt border

Add border strips to all sides

Add border strips to all sides

The quarter square triangle units were going to be right in the corners of the quilt top but then I decided that I wanted to frame them.  To do this cut two lengths of cream fabric 43″ by 2.1/2″ and sew them to the short edges of the quilt top.  Make two lengths 59.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ and sew them to the long edges of the quilt top.

The swamp angel quilt top is now ready to be layered, quilted and bound.  It’s a very simple design but gives practice in both half square triangle and quarter square triangle quilt blocks.

More quarter square triangle block options

Half square triangle with plain square

Half square triangle with plain square

These are mirror image blocks

These are mirror image blocks

 

If you sew together a half square triangle block with a plain square you will get two blocks as shown on the right.  Note that the yellow/red triangles are reversed to give mirror images.

 

 

Sew together two half square triangle blocks

Sew together two half square triangle blocks

These two blocks are not the same

These two blocks are not the same

 

If you sew together two different half square triangle blocks, you get two blocks of four different triangles, but note that again they are not the same as each other.

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Comments

  1. Esther Edgar says:

    I have been looking at this ‘Swamp Angel Quilt’ and would like to attempt it. Could you let me know how much material I require to purchase for this size of quilt. Thanks so much. Esther Edgar

    • Hi Esther. I have added the quantities to the quilt pattern now. You will need 3/4 yard each of the red, yellow and cream fabrics, 1/2 yard of the brown and 1 yard of the olive fabric. In addition you will need 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding and sufficient backing fabric and wadding for a 64″ square.

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