What a lovely strong quilt block this is! It’s very easy to place the half square triangles the wrong way round, but that doesn’t stop it being an easy quilt block to make. It’s a nine patch block called Mother’s Dream by Nancy Page or Turkey in the Straw by the Farmer’s Journal. Quilt blocks often have different but similar names, but that’s definitely not the case for this block. I have made it here as an 18″ block.
ten 3.7/8″ squares each of brown and white fabric
twelve 2.7/8″ squares each of orange and white
four orange rectangles 2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″
Making the quilt block
All the 3.7/8″ and 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles in the proportions listed above. Lay 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. This produces two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out as shown. The large half square triangles make diamonds in the corner and the middle. The small half square triangles with the orange rectangles form a pathway between the brown diamonds. Do be careful with the placement of the orange half square triangles – it’s very easy to place them facing in the wrong direction.
Sew the brown half square triangles together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make squares. Sew the columns of three orange half square triangles together and then sew these to the orange rectangles.
Sew the blocks together to make three rows and then sew the three rows together to complete the mothers dream quilt block. Really striking, isn’t it