ROADS TO BERLIN QUILT BLOCK

QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – ROADS TO BERLIN

Roads to berlin quilt block

Roads to berlin quilt block

 

I think that this is a really versatile quilt block that could be used as a scrappy block since you don’t need much of any one fabric.  It could also be used with the same colour fabrics forming a pattern across the quilt, or it could even be used as an autograph block with that white square in the centre for signatures.  I have made it as an 8″ block.

 

Cutting requirements

2.7/8″ squares:  one each of yellow/dark blue, one each of dark blue/light blue, one each of light blue/red, one each of red/yellow.

2.1/2″ squares:  four white, two yellow, two blue

Making the quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

The half square triangles are made by laying two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to make two half square triangle units.  Do this with all the pairs of squares listed above.

 

Roads to berlin quilt block layout

Roads to berlin quilt block layout

Sew the squares together in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs

Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares with the white squares in the middle and the coloured squares and half square triangle units on the edges of the quilt block.

Sew the squares together in pairs across each row.  Sew the pairs together and then sew the rows together to complete the roads to berlin quilt block.

Roads to Berlin quilt design standard

Roads to Berlin quilt design standard

I can show you two different ideas for quilts made using the roads to Berlin quilt block.  The first one on the left shows the blocks just laid out side by side in four rows of four, using red for the border.

Roads to Berlin quilt alternate

Roads to Berlin quilt alternate

In the alternate option I have rotated every second block, but apart from that I’ve kept the same layout of four rows of four with a red border.  I love the way that those blue and red pinwheels now appear within the Roads to Berlin quilt.  I would say that this alternate version is definitely more interesting to look at.

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Comments

  1. Virginia Bonham says:

    Love this block, but would love to see a whole quilt using this block.

    • Great idea, Virginia. I’ve added two quilt design options to the pattern now – both of them very attractive, I think.

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