BRIGHT HOPES QUILT BLOCK PATTERN



Bright hopes quilt block

Bright hopes quilt block

This quilt block is known as the Bright Hopes quilt block.  It seems appropriate for the first month of the year but it is also intersesting because you need to sew a partial seam during its construction.  At first sight it looks like a log cabin variation but when you look more closely you’ll notice that all the logs around the white square are rectangles where normally two of them could be squares.

Cutting requirements

to make a 6″ bright hopes quilt block you will need one 2.1/2″ square in a light colour and four 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles in a progression from light to dark.

Making the bright hopes quilt block

Place the white square on the grey rectangle

Place the white square on the grey rectangle

Sew a seam from the top to half way down

Sew a seam from the top to half way down

 

Place the white square on the grey rectangle with right sides together.  Mark a point half way down the right hand edge of the white square and sew a seam from the top to that marked point.  This will partially connect the two pieces.

 

Sew the black to the first two pieces

Sew the black to the first two pieces

Sew the red to the black and white pieces

Sew the red to the black and white pieces

Place the black rectangle across the grey and white fabric pieces and sew along the top edge using a 1/4″ seam.

Place the red rectangle (the second darkest fabric) on the black and white edge of the quilt block with right sides together and sew in place.

 

Completing the partial seam

Attach the brown rectangle

Attach the brown rectangle

Complete the partial seam

Complete the partial seam

There now just remains the brown rectangle to attach.  Sew this across from the red and white edge.  You now need to join the brown rectangle to the gry rectangle.  This is why the first seam (white to grey) was only a partial seam.  It is simple now to fold the grey rectangle across the white and brown and complete the seam.  That’s the bright hopes quilt block complete without a single inset seam.

 

Alternative layouts for the bright hopes quilt blocks

The bright hopes quilt blocks all facing the same way

The bright hopes quilt blocks all facing the same way

Alternative layout for the bright hopes quilt block

Alternative layout for the bright hopes quilt block

You can join several of these bright hopes quilt blocks together by placing them all facing the same way and it give you a lovely woven effect, but by rotating the blocks you can achieve some designs that look quite complex but have in fact been very easy to make.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for lovely clear instuctions for the block pattern I am new to quilting and was just what I needed

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