Clowns Choice Quilt Block

Clowns Choice quilt block

Clowns Choice quilt block

Clowns Choice – what an unusual name for a quilt block pattern.  This is classified as a nine patch block and I have made it as a 9″ square.

Cutting requirements

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

4.1/4″ squares:  three blue, three white

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the clowns choice quilt block

Unusually, this quilt block pattern doesn’t contain a single half square triangle – although you do have to make half square triangles on your way to making the quarter square triangle units.

Begin by making half square triangle units with the 4.1/4″ squares.  Lay a blue and a white 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 to produce two half square triangle units from each pair of squares.

Make quarter square triangles

Make quarter square triangles

Take two of the half square triangles and lay them with right sides together.  Make sure that the white triangle of one square is placed against the blue triangle of the other square.  Mark a line along the diagonal that crosses both white and blue and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two quarter square triangles from each pair of half square triangle units.  These will be 3.1/2″ squares and they will each contain two white triangles and two blue triangles.  You need five of these quarter square triangles for the Clowns Choice quilt block, so you will have one left over.

Clowns choice quilt block layout

Clowns choice quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  The first and third rows are the same as each other with a quarter square triangle at each end and a white square in the middle.  The second row has a quarter square triangle in the middle with a white square on either side of it.

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

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