QUILT BLOCK PATTERNS – VERMONT BLOCK
This quilt block is called Vermont and it really is a pretty block. It can’t be made in the usual way with horizontal rows of patchwork squares sewn together so that made it a little more interesting in terms of giving some variety in construction methods. I used 4″ finished size patchwork squares but because of the diagonal construction the Vermont quilt block ended up about 23″ square.
purple fabric: two 8.7/8″ squares, six 4.7/8″ squares
white and dark blue fabric: six 4.7/8″ squares
light blue: seven 4.7/8″ squares
Making the Vermont quilt block
Cut the two large purple squares in half along the diagonal.
To make the half square triangles place 4.7/8″ squares with right sides together, mark along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line. Cut along this line to give you two half square triangle units. You will need ten white/purple units, eight dark blue/light blue, two light blue/white and four corner units made from purple/light blue triangles sewn together.
The Vermont quilt block is made up in diagonal rows rather than horizontal rows. You will need two units sewn as shown made from two large purple triangles, two dark blue/light blue half square triangle units and two purple/white half square triangle units. The simplest method is to sew the half square triangle units together into a four patch unit and then add the triangles on either side.
The middle row joining the two rows made above is made using two four patch units as shown on the left (two purple/white and two light blue/dark blue) and one four patch as shown on the right (two purple/white and two light blue/white).
Using the first two units that you made (with the large triangles) at the top and bottom, place the last three units ina line across the middle of the Vermont quilt block as shown. Note that the four patch units either side of the middle are rotated from each other.
Sew together these three units in a row and then sew the first two units above and below this row. that just leaves the four corner units to add. These are made by cutting two purple and two blue squares in half along the diagonal and then sewing a purple triangle to a light blue triangle as shown. You will need four of these.
Sew one corner unit at the end of each row of half square triangle units and that completes the Vermont quilt block. Not nearly as difficult to make as it looks.