I’ve seen this quilt block under other names, but I love the name Hope of Hartford. Makes it stand out from the crowd a bit! It reminds me of those plastic things that we used to have when I was young: they whirl around in the wind and teh colours blur. I have this as a 10″ block.
2.1/2″ squares: eight white, four blue, one other square for the centre
2.7/8″ squares: two each in blue and white, two each in red and white, two each in blue and red.
Making the hope of hartford quilt block
Make the half square triangle units in the usual way with two 2.7/8″ squares placed with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Repeat with all the colour combinations listed above.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five squares. There is a blue square on each edge of the central square and the white squares are all on the outer edge. If you then place the half square triangles containing red it becomes quite simple to see where to place the rest of the squares.
Sew the squares together across each row of the quilt block and then sew the rows together. I can imagine the hope of hartford quilt block being used with lots of different colour combinations to make a really bright and summery quilt.
This is the quilt that I made using the Hope of Hartford quilt block.