The Indian Hatchet quilt block is a gorgeous four patch block but just requires a little concentration when you’re laying out the half square triangles. Or keep your seam ripper handy – I needed mine a couple of times! I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the indian hatchet quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four brown, twelve white, four yellow
4.1/2″ squares: one brown
3.7/8″ squares: three each in brown and white, seventeen each in yellow and white
Make half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a white square right sides together with either a yellow or a brown square. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Press the seam allowances towards the yellow or brown and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Central area of the block
I think it will be clearer if I show you the layout in stages, beginning with the central area. The 4.1/2″ brown square goes in the middle of the block. Place brown squares in two corners and white squares in the other two corners.
There are two yellow/white half square triangles along each edge of the central square. The yellow triangles face the same way within each pair of squares.
Add the next frame of the block
Here the layout is again straightforward. Across each corner place a yellow square with a yellow/white half square triangle on either side to form a larger yellow triangle at each corner. Place two white squares between each pair of corners.
Indian hatchet quilt block full layout
Try and just concentrate on the outer frame in the photo. There are brown squares in two corners with white squares in the other two corners – same as in the central area.
In the middle of each edge place two white/yellow half square triangles so that the white triangles together form a larger triangle pointing outwards. There are two half square triangles on either side of these pairs. I won’t try and describe how each one is laid other than to say notice that there are two brown/white half square triangles on one edge of two of the corners with one brown/white unit on the other side of that corner. The rest are all yellow/white half square triangles.
When you are happy that you have all the triangles facing the correct way sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the indian hatchet quilt block.
The first image uses the indian hatchet quilt block only. It does have some interesting features but I didn’t feel that it was a quilt that I was itching to make.
So for the second quilt I tried a simple four patch in yellow and brown for an alternate block.
OK, but nothing special.
Finally for the third option I tried a diamond in a square alternate block. This is made with four yellow/brown half square triangle units.
Success! This is the only one of the three options that I would like to make.
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