Original Quilt Block Pattern

Original quilt block pattern

Original quilt block pattern

Original quilt block patterns are many and varied, but this one is actually called The Original.

It is a nine patch block that is attributed to Nancy Cabot and I think that it’s really pretty.

I have made it here as a 12″ finished size block and it is made up almost entirely of half square triangles.


Cutting requirements for the original quilt block pattern

2.1/2″ squares:  eight white

2.7/8″ squares:  fourteen each in blue and white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the original quilt block pattern

Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares.  Place two squares 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.  Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the corners of the squares.

Original quilt block layout

Original quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  The plain white squares are placed in each corner and diagonally in from each corner.

The half square triangles are obviously placed everywhere else.  Think of the block in frames – the central four patch uses four half square triangles to create a blue diamond in the middle.

The frame outside of this has two blue triangles placed together along each edge of the central block, forming a larger blue triangle in each case.

The outer frame of the original quilt block pattern has two pairs of half square triangles placed between the corner squares.  Each pair has the triangles facing in a different direction from the other pair.  This means that half way along each edge there are two white triangles together forming a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.

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

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hello Rose that really is a lovely block, I bet that a quilt could also be done with each blocks is a different pastel colour as that block is lovely in the blue and another block done in another pastel colour an so one. would that sound or look good to you. I know with that lovely one in the blue a whole quilt in the blue and white would be great as that one is my favourite colour you have used as I am a blue person. But well done Rose Love Elizabeth xx

    • Hi Elizabeth. Love your ideas. It’s one of those timeless quilt blocks that you could use in lots of different colour combinations. I’m a blue person as well – I usually manage to use blue somewhere in my quilt patterns!