Lovers Lane Quilt Block

Lovers lane quilt block

Lovers lane quilt block

The Lovers Lane quilt block is a pretty block with an adorable name.  It also goes by the name of Gentlemans Fancy.   It may look like a mass of half square triangles, but there are quite a few squares in the layout and the overall layout can be broken down into simple four patch units which make it quite simple to lay out.  I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the lovers lane quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  ten white

3.7/8″ squares:  thirteen green, thirteen white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the lovers lane quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a green 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 which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Layout of the white squares

Layout of the white squares

I’m showing the layout of the white squares first.  There are white squares all down the one diagonal going from top left to bottom right.  Along the other diagonal there are just four white squares:  one in each corner and one just in from the corners.

Lovers lane quilt block layout

Lovers lane quilt block layout

The rest of the block is made from half square triangles only, but if you group them together in four patch units you’ll see that the layout becomes quite straightforward.  In each corner and in the middle there’s a four patch unit made with two white squares and two half square triangles, with the green triangles placed to form a butterfly shape.  On the corners this butterfly shape straddles the corner.

Between these four patch units are further four patch units made with four half square triangles.  These are placed so that the white triangles form a diamond in the middle with a green frame.

When you’re happy with the layout, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Lovers Lane quilt block.

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  1. Very attractive – and like both names equally – Pretty fabrics too!

  2. HI Rose, this is so stately, I love the simplicity of the pattern with just 2 colors. Just beautiful!

  3. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Hello Rose,
    Thanks for another great quilt pattern. This one is on my to do list…which seems to be growing daily. My granddaughter loves blue so this pattern will be perfect. So enjoy your website especially when you visit different areas in England. Hope to visit one day.
    Vancouver Canada

    • Thanks, Colleen. I’m also a great fan of blue. I’m hoping to get out and about exploring more as the weather gets warmer.