OLD FASHIONED QUILT BLOCK



Old fashioned quilt block

Old fashioned quilt block

This is a lovely bright and cheerful block.  I’m sure that some people would think that there are many old fashioned quilt blocks, but this block is actually called that.  It obviously dates back a long time and has a lovely flowery feel to it.  It is classified as a five patch block and I have made it 14″ square.

Cutting requirements

four 2.1/2″ white squares, four 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white rectangles

nine 2.1/2″ blue squares and eight 2.1/2″ pink squares

four 2.7/8″ squares in both blue and white

four 2.7/8″ squares in both pink and white

Making the quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

All the 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles.  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 triangle units.

 

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Old fashioned quilt block layout

One quarter of the quilt block

One quarter of the quilt block

Lay the squares out in seven rows of seven squares.  It’s actually nine squares in each quarter, with the white rectangles to join the nine patch units together.  There is a white square in each corner with a blue half square triangle on each side and a pink half square triangle outside the blue.  As you can see, the blue and pink squares form a four patch unit surrounded by white strips on two sides and half square triangles on the other sides.

Sew the squares together within each quarter

Sew the squares together within each quarter

Sew the white rectangles to the quarter blocks

Sew the white rectangles to the quarter blocks

Sew the squares together in rows of three within each quarter and then sew the three rows together to make four corners of nine patch units.  Sew the two white rectangles and blue square together across the middle row.

Sew each pair of nine patch units together with a white strip between them.  Sew the pairs of squares to the top.  Sew the pairs of squares to the top and the bottom of the central strip to complete the old fashioned quilt block.

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