This quilt block pattern is a nine patch from Nancy Cabot – and it doesn’t have nearly as many half square triangles as some of her patterns do! I think it’s quite unusual looking but still very traditional.
I’ve made it as a 12″ block using the following fabric:
four 2.7/8″ squares each in purple and white
two 2.7/8″ squares each in purple and lilac
nine 2.1/2″ white squares, five 2.1/2″ purple squares and ten 2.1/2″ lilac squares
Making the quilt block
All the 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles in the pairings listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The half square triangles are all used in the corners with the diagonal corners matching each other, while the squares are arranged in the middle of the square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make sure that each seam allowance is facing in a different direction from those above and below it in order to reduce bulk.
That completes the Indian mat quilt block pattern.