QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – SPINNING ARROWS BLOCK
The spinning arrows quilt block is classified as a nine patch quilt block although it’s constructed as six rows each of six squares. It’s attributed to Nancy Cabot, a magazine columnist in the 1930.s who shared many amazing quilt blocks with quilters. The more of her quilt blocks I make, the more I feel that she really loved half square triangles. I had looked at this quilt block many times before I could see where the spinning arrows were. The quilt block looks intricate but in fact it is relatively straightforward to make as it uses only half square triangle units and squares. I have made it here as an 18″ block.
3.7/8″ squares: two squares each of brown and yellow, three squares each of yellow and white, four squares each of peach and white, three squares each of peach and yellow
3.1/2″ squares: eight yellow, four white
Making the spinning arrows quilt block
In order to make the spinning arrows quilt block you will need to make half square triangles using almost all the combinations of the four fabrics used in the block as listed above.
Make the half square triangles by placing two squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and then cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. Sew the squares together in pairs across the rows. Sew the pairs together to make complete rows and then sew the rows together to complete the spinning arrows quilt block.