The Friendship quilt block has always been one of my favourites. I have changed the colours slightly to use it in this quilt and teamed it with a large half square triangle for the alternate block.
The quilt measures 58″ square and I have used nine blocks which are 18″ square finished size. I have used 1/2 yard of white, 3/4 yard of yellow, 1.1/4 yards of red and 2.1/4 yards of black fabric. The black is rather a pretty Ebor fabric with vibrant coloured pins so I have used bright fabrics to match that colouring.
You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the friendship quilt
3.1/2″ squares: twenty black, twenty yellow, forty white
3.7/8″ squares: forty black, forty yellow
6.1/2″ squares: five red
18.7/8″ squares: two black, two red
For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of black across the width of fabric.
Make the half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a black and a yellow square 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 triangle units which are now 3.12″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the friendship quilt block
The central area of this block is very simple. Begin with a 6.1/2″ red square. On each edge of this square place two half square triangles. Place each pair so that the two black triangles together form a larger black triangle pointing towards the red square. Now add a yellow square in each corner.
Lay out the outer frame next. Outside each pair of half square triangles place another pair of half square triangles. This time place them so that the two yellow triangles together form a larger yellow triangle pointing towards the red square. You can see that the black now forms a V shape on each edge of the square. Place a white square on either side of the half square triangles. Add a black square in each corner.
Sewing the friendship quilt block
The top two and bottom two rows are simple to sew together: just sew the squares across the rows.
For the middle section you need to sew the half square triangles together vertically first. Then you can sew the pairs together to form a four patch unit either side of the red square. Now you can sew the pieces together across this middle section.
Sew the rows together to complete the block. You need to make five of these.
Alternate quilt block
Fold the 18.7/8″ squares in half along one diagonal. Press to create a fold line and then cut along the line to make two triangles from each square.
Sew a black and a red triangle together along the longest edge to make a large half square triangle block. Make four of these.
Assemble the Friendship quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.
Lay the blocks out for rows one and three with a friendship block in the middle and a half square triangle on each side of it. Note that the half square triangle is placed so that the black is beside the friendship block, with the red triangle on the outside, forming the corner of the quilt.
For row two simply sew together three friendship quilt blocks in a row.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric to frame the quilt. You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Friendship quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last week I visited the British Stitch and Quilt show at Uttoxeter Racecourse. I just had to show you this delightful topiary horse and jockey in the Winners’ Enclosure. Isn’t it clever! (It’s on the right towards the back of the photo).
The quilts were of course as gorgeous as ever. This beauty was judged best in show, and deservedly so.
This one took my fancy because I drink tea by the gallon so the sight of all these different teapots made me chuckle.
It’s always great seeing the work of other quilters, isn’t it?