The electric fan quilt block is perhaps not appropriate for the time of year – but we can always dream and pretend that the weather is hot enough to warrant an electric fan! It’s a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the electric fan quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: four each in blue and white, four each in blue and red
Make the half square triangle units
Use all the squares to make half square triangles in the pairings listed above. Place a blue square right sides together with either a red or a white square and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the electric fan quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. I find that it helps to look for the larger shapes in order to be sure that you have placed the squares correctly. There’s a larger white triangle formed by two white triangles along each edge of the block. A larger blue triangle forms the other half of each edge. The middle of the block is made with a blue/red pinwheel layout.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the electric fan quilt block.
The first quilt design shows sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four. I felt that the design of the block became lost in this quilt design
For the second design I added 2″ white sashing and this separates the blocks out, which I feel gives a better looking quilt.
Here’s the video:
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