THUNDER AND LIGHTNING QUILT BLOCK


QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – THUNDER AND LIGHTNING

Thunder and lightning quilt block

Thunder and lightning quilt block

 

Another lovely quilt block pattern from Nancy Cabot – she was a newspaper columnist in the 1930’s and we owe her a great debt for all the quilt blocks that she published.  this one is classified as a nine patch block and is really quite eyecatching.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ finished size block.

 

Cutting requirements

2.7/8″ squares: ten each of dark brown and blue, four each of dark brown and light brown, four each of light brown and blue

Making the quilt block

Make the half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

 

Make half square triangles using all the 2.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above.  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.

 

Thunder and lightning quilt block layout

Thunder and lightning quilt block layout

 

Lay all the half square triangle out in six rows of six.  The light brown/blue squares make a sort of hourglass shape in the middle, surrounded by the dark brown/squares making four larger triangles pointing outwards from the centre.  The outer edges of the quilt block are made from the dark brown/blue squares with five in each edge pointing in the same direction as each other.

 

Sew the squares into pairs

Sew the squares into pairs

 

Sew the squares together in pairs across each row and then sew the pairs together across each row.  Sew the rows together, making sure that the seam allowances are pressed in opposite directions as some of the seams are quite bulky.

That completes the thunder and lightning quilt block pattern.

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