Isn’t this a pretty quilt block? It’s a four patch block attributed to Hearth and Home and it’s one of those blocks that can be constructed in quite a few different ways. I’ve made it in the most simple way as a 16″ block and it is constructed simply by sewing togethe eight rows of eight squares each.
light blue fabric: twenty four 2.1/2″ squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares
dark blue: twelve 2.7/8″ squares
white: eight 2.1/2″ squares, twelve 2.7/8″ squares
Making the quilt block
The half square triangle units are made by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together, marking the diagonal and sewing a seam 1/4″ either side of the seam. Cutting along the marked line produces two half square triangle units. You will need eight dark blue/light blue units, eight light blue/white units and sixteen dark blue/white units.
The Alaska quilt block is symmetrical so it can be made in two identical halves. Make two of the panel shown on the left, four rows of eight patchwork squares each.
This is a quilt block that lends itself to chain sewing. I sewed together all the pairs of patchwork squares across each and then sewed the pairs together into fours. These can then be sewn together into complete rows and the rows sewn together.
When you have completed one panel, make another one exactly the same and sew the two panels together. It looks such an intricate block that it’s a real pleasure to find that the construction is so simple.
Looking at the light blue corners, I can see that several of these quilt blocks sewn together would start to show all sorts of secondary designs that would make a great quilt.