QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – PRESIDENTIAL ARMCHAIR
What a lovely name for a quilt block! I’m not sure that I see why it’s called that, but I just love this quilt block. It’s very easy to make because the four quarters are all the same as each other.
4.1/2″ squares: eight dark blue, twelve light blue, twenty one white
4.7/8″ squares: twelve in both dark blue and white
red fabric: four 4.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ rectangles
Making the presidential armchair quilt block
Use all the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a dark blue and white square 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 for each quarter in four rows of four. The squares form a nine patch unit with a diagonal row of light blue squares and dark blue squares in two of the corners. The half square triangles are placed on two edges of the block with a white square in the corner between them.
Sew the patchwork squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together. Make four of these quarter blocks. The red rectangles will go between the presidential armchair quarter blocks.
Sew a red rectangle between each pair of blocks making sure that you have the triangles of each block pointing towards the red strip. Place the remaining 4.1/2″ white square between two red rectangles and sew them together to make one long strip.
Sew the red and white strip to the bottom of one pair of blocks and then sew the other pair of blocks to the bottom of the red strip. The presidential armchair quilt block is now complete – it is such a simple pattern and a delight to look at.