QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – SWING IN THE CENTRE
The swing in the centre quilt block is one of those really striking quilt blocks that really simple to make. it’s a Nancy Cabot block under that name, but it goes by many other names as well. I’ve made it as a 24″ quilt block and you’ll need dark, medium and light fabrics as well as background fabric.
green: four 4.1/2″ squares for the corners
4.7/8″ squares: eight each in green and white, four each in pink and white, four each in light fabric and white.
Making the swing in the centre quilt block
Use the 4.7/8″ squares 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. Repeat with all the colour combinations listed above.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares. Please note that the pink triangles in the bottom row are facing the wrong way. They should be positioned as in the top photo. Luckily I noticed this as I was sewing them together.
Sew the squares together across each row. The first and second rows are shown.
The lefthand photo of the third and fourth rows shows how the diamond in the middle forms. The right hand photo shows the fifth and sixth rows – with the pink triangles correctly positioned!
The swing in the centre quilt block is really simple to make, but quite eyecatching. You can see how it looks when several blocks are sewn together.