Century of Progress Quilt Block

Century of progress quilt block

Century of progess quilt block

The Century of Progress quilt block attracted me because it looked as if the construction was going to be far more complex than seemed necessary for such a simple looking block.  The only way that I could see to make it at first was by using partial seams.  Then I had a lightbulb moment and realised that if I split one rectangle into a square and a smaller rectangle, then the whole block would slip together in no time at all.

Having said that, I still think that it’s a slightly weird block!  At least it doesn’t have any half square triangles, for those of you who don’t like them.  I’ve made it here as an 8″ square finished size.




Cutting requirements for the century of progress quilt block

Dark blue:  1.1/2″ square, 1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle

Medium blue:  2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle

Light blue:  2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle, 1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangle

White:  1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, 2.1/2″ square

Century of progress quilt block layout

Century of progress quilt block layout

Making the century of progress quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown.  That looks a right mess, doesn’t it?

In fact, it is now deceptively simple to sew together.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the two pieces across the top row together.  The three rectangles to the left beneath the top row can now be sewn together.  The white square and medium blue rectangle belong together and the two rectangles in the bottom left section need to be joined together.  Now you can sew the two left hand sections together and the two right hand rectangles together.  Sew these sections to each other and then add the rectangle across the top.  That completes the century of progess quilt block.

Basic century of progress quilt

Basic century of progress quilt

For a quilt idea, I used nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  I didn’t like this quilt at first, but it’s grown on me and now I think that it’s quite an unusual and attractive quilt design.

Same quilt with red instead of white

Same quilt with red instead of white

To pepper it up a bit, I tried the same quilt but with red exchanged for the white sections of the block.  I liked this one even more.

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Rose

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  1. Carol Tambourine says:

    I really want to make this. Love it.