THREE ACROSS QUILT BLOCK




Three across quilt block

Three across quilt block

Here’s an unusual quilt block pattern.  It is relatively simple to make and would certainly make a quilt with a difference.  The three across quilt block is classified as a five patch pattern and I have made it here as a 14″ block.

 

Cutting requirements for the three across quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  five dark blue

2.7/8″ squares:  two each in light blue and white

4.1/2″ squares:  two each in yellow and white

4,1.2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  eight light blue, four white

Making the three across quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ squares.  Lay a blue and a white square with right sides together and draw a line along one of the diagonals.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line that you drew and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.

 

 

The first stage of the layout

The first stage of the layout

Full layout for the three across quilt block

Full layout for the three across quilt block

When laying out the patchwork pieces for the three across quilt block, I find it easiest to lay out the squares one colour at a time.  You can see the yellow and most of the blue squares laid out on the left and it gives you an idea of where everything goes.  Then when you add the white squares and the half square triangles you can see the full layout on the right.

Sew the squares together in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs

Sew the three rows to each other

Sew the three rows to each other

Sew the squares together in pairs to create larger sections.  These can then naturally be sewn together across the rows, creating three rows.  The first and third rows are the equivalent of three rows each while the middle row is a straightforward one block row.

Sew the three rows to each other to complete the three across quilt block.

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