Salem Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Salem quilt block

Salem quilt block

I love the Salem quilt block – such a pretty block and really very easy to make.  It’s classified as a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square finished size.  I was curious as to the history of the block but couldn’t find any information about it.

Cutting requirements for the Salem quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in blue and white, ten each in purple and white

3.1/2″ squares:  eight white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle

Make half square triangles

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with either  a blue or a purple square.  Mark a line along one diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Corner four patch units

Corner four patch units

Make the Salem quilt block

This block is best constructed as a series of four patch units.

Make the unit for the corners with two white squares and two blue/white half square triangle units.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together.  This is now a 6.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

Central block

Central block

Make the central unit with four purple/white half square triangles.  Place them so that the white triangles are all in the middle, forming a white diamond.

Once again sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  You need to make just one of this unit.

Remaining 4 patch unit

Remaining 4 patch unit

The remaining four patch units are also made with four purple/white half square triangles

This time place them so that the top two form a larger white triangle pointing down while the bottom two form a larger purple triangle pointing down.  Make four of this unit.

Salem quilt block layout

Salem quilt block layout

Assemble the Salem quilt block

Lay the units out in three rows of three.  Place blue/white units in each corner, the white diamond in the middle and the other purple/white units on each edge of the central unit.  Note that the purple V shape always points towards the middle.

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

Basic Salem quilt suggestion

Basic Salem quilt suggestion

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt suggestion I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

This makes an interesting quilt – I like the way the blue border blends with the blue triangles around the edge.

Alternative quilt suggestion

Alternative quilt suggestion

As an alternative, I reversed the colours in four of the blocks.  This gives a similar quilt but I felt that this was a more interesting design.

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Rose

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Thrifty Quilt Block Pattern and Tutorial

Thrifty quilt block

Thrifty quilt block

The Thrifty quilt block is incredibly easy to make, but I rather like the three dimensional effect.  To me it looks as though there is a large pink square behind the brown squares.  It’s a traditional nine patch block that is attributed to the Kansas City Star company.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the thrifty quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  eight pink, eight white

4.1/2″ squares:  four brown, one pink




Thrifty quilt block layout

Thrifty quilt block layout

Make the thrifty quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in a series of nine patch units and plain squares.

In each corner place a four patch unit made with two pink and two white 2.1/2″ squares.  Make sure that the pink squares always lie along the diagonals, with the white squares in the other positions.

Place a 4.1/2″ square in the middle with a brown square on each edge of the central square.

Sew the 4 patch units first

Sew the 4 patch units first

Sew the small squares together within each four patch unit.

This makes all the squares the same size, so that you now have three rows of three squares.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the thrifty quilt block.

Basic quilt idea

Basic quilt idea

Thrifty quilt design suggestions

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  Interestingly, it now looks as though the pink and white squares are the main block, rather than the brown and pink squares.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

In order to break the blocks up a bit, I then tried adding a large pinwheel as an alternate block.

I like this design far better – lots more to look at within the quilt.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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Nine Patch Frame Quilt Block

Nine patch frame quilt block

Nine patch frame quilt block

The nine patch frame quilt block is fairly obviously a nine patch block, but it has a delightful frame forming a diamond within the block.  I think it’s a very clever block, and it only requires squares and half square triangle units.  I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the nine patch frame quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen dark blue

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in light blue and white, two each in dark blue and light blue

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the nine patch frame quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares, in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a light blue square with either a dark blue or a white square, right sides together.  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.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the corners of the squares.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Nine patch frame quilt block layout

Nine patch frame quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares.  This is another of those blocks where I find that it helps to think of the layout in terms of a whole lot of four patch units.  Each corner is a four patch unit made of three dark blue squares and one dark blue/light blue half square triangle.  The central square is just four dark blue squares.

The remaining four patch units are all made using four light blue/white half square triangle units.  Place these so that there is a larger white triangle on each edge of the central square and a larger light blue triangle on each edge of the quilt block, pointing away from the middle.

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

You might be interested in the interlocking squares quilt block which has a similar diamond frame in it, but with a very different overall design.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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