I can’t believe we’re in March already: here in the UK it’s only a few weeks till we change the hour and then the longer evenings will begin – I can’t wait. March is also the month of St Patrick’s Day. There are quilt blocks for some of the saint but I couldn’t find one for St Patrick so I decided to make my own. I’ve used the clover quilt block in the middle and the snake fence quilt block for the border with a larger pinwheel in each corner. St Patrick is renowned for driving all the snakes out of Ireland in case you were wondering why the snake fence.
white fabric 3/4 yard, green fabric 1 yard, brown fabric 1/4 yard and 32″ squares of wadding and backing
Making the clover quilt block
The clover quilt block is made using five pinwheel blocks and four plain blocks. Each pinwheel needs four half square triangle units. Make these by placing a green and a white 2.7/8″ square with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Make twenty half square triangles and place them in fours as shown on the left. Sew them together in pairs and then fours. Cut four plain 4.1/2″ squares and lay them out alongside the pinwheel blocks in three rows of three with the pinwheels in the corners and the middle. Ignore the bottom right pinwheel which I unpicked when I noticed but forgot to take another photo. Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows together to complete the clover quilt block.
Make the snake fence quilt border
The snake fence quilt border is a delightful block which is made entirely of half square triangle units made from 2.7/8″ squares. You will need four of the panels shown, one for each edge of the clover quilt block. the first and fourth rows need six brown/white half square triangles each. The second and third rows need six green/white half square triangles each. Lay them out carefully: it’s easy to place the triangles facing the wrong way. Sew together the patchwork pieces across each row and then sew the rows together to complete each snake fence quilt panel.
Sew one of the snake fence panels to the top and to the bottom of the clover quilt block. For the quilt corners I decided to use the same pinwheel quilt block but bigger. I used 4.7/8″ squares to make the sections of the pinwheels – sixteen half square triangle units to make four pinwheels for the four corners. Sew one of these pinwheels to the top and bottom of the two remaining snake fence panels. These panels can now be sewn to the sides of the clover quilt block.
Finishing the St Patrick’s Day quilt
Layer the St Patrick’s day wall hanging as for a quilt – backing fabric with right side down, wadding, quilt top with right side up. Baste the three layers together. I drew four leaf clover shapes on the central areas and then quilted them. For the snake fence part of the St Patrick’s day wall hanging I quilted in straight lines frollowing the zigzag of the blocks and then for the pinwheels in the corners I quilted more clover shapes.
That completes the wall hanging. For quilt binding details see how to bind a quilt.
Here’s the video: