Twilight Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Twilight quilt block

Twilight quilt block

For the Twilight quilt block I have chosen the sort of muted colours that appear at twilight.  Unfortunately the purple and dark blue don’t look as different in the photos as they do in real life.  It’s a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the twilight quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four lilac, two dark blue, two purple

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in lilac and light blue, one each in lilac and dark blue, one each in lilac and purple




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the half square triangle units in the colour 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.  This will produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and clip the two corners where fabric sticks ouy.

Twilight quilt block layout

Twilight quilt block layout

Make the twilight quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares.  The pinwheel in the middle is made with two dark blue/lilac half square triangles and two purple/lilac half square triangles.  Place a lilac and a dark blue square on the top and bottom of the pinwheel.  Lay a lilac and a purple square on either side of the pinwheel.

In each corner place a lilac/light blue half square triangle with the lilac triangle always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

Basic twilight quilt design

Basic twilight quilt design

Twilight quilt block quilt designs

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks placed in four rows of four.  It’s pretty enough but as happens so often the block design is rather lost.

Alternate design

Alternate design

So I tried again using a large pinwheel as an alternate block.  This design uses nine blocks laid out in three rows of three – five twilight quilt blocks and four pinwheel blocks.

I think that this gives a much more pleasing design.  Make the pinwheel blocks from 6.7/8″ squares.

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Rose

Old Fashioned Quilt Block Pattern

Old Fashioned quilt block

Old Fashioned quilt block

The Old Fashioned Quilt Block may seem an odd title as you could be forgiven for thinking that most quilt blocks are old fashioned, but that really is its name.  It’s a five patch block and I have made it here as a 14″ square finished size.  The block has a lovely flowery feel to it.

Cutting requirements for the old fashioned quilt block

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and white, four each in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  eight red, nine blue, four white

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a red or a blue square.  Mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red or blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Layout for one corner

Layout for one corner

Make a corner of the block

Make the four corners of the block and then join these together with the white rectangles.

Each corner has a simple nine patch placement.  In the bottom right there is a four patch unit of red and blue squares with the blue squares following the diagonal from bottom right to top left.  The final square along that diagonal is a white square.  Place a blue/white half square triangle on either side of the white corner with the two blue triangles forming a butterfly shape across the corner.

In the remaining two spaces place red/white half square triangle units.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make four of these corner blocks.

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Assemble the old fashioned quilt block

Lay the corners out with a white rectangle between each pair of corners and a blue square in the middle.

You have three distinct rows now.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic quilt idea

Basic quilt idea

Quilt Ideas

For a basic quilt idea I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  This gives a very different quilt from what the individual blocks might suggest.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

In order to showcase the blocks better, I then tried using an alternate block made using red and blue half square triangles sewn using 7.7/8″ squares.  I felt that this preserved the design of the quilt block a bit better.

In this case I have used just nine blocks total – five of the old fashioned quilt block and four of the alternate block.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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