Rocky Road to Dublin Quilt Block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block

The Rocky Road to Dublin quilt block is my first offering of 2017.  I wish you a very Happy New Year.  This is a nine patch block that I have made as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Rocky Road to Dublin quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  fourteen white, six blue, four red

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in blue and red, two each in blue and white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above to make the half square triangles.  Place a blue square with either a red or a white square, 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.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the quilt block

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block layout

Rocky road to Dublin quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  If you look at the larger shapes, then it’s not such a complicated layout as it may seem to be.

There are white squares along one complete diagonal and blue squares along the other diagonal.  Beside two corners there are white/blue half squares forming a butterfly shape.  The other two corners are blue/white four patch units – as is the middle of the block.  All the red triangles and squares are placed so as to form four larger red triangles.  Each pair of these large red triangles forms a butterfly shape.

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 rocky road to Dublin quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt designs

The basic quilt design, using sixteen of the blocks, gives a decent but not terribly interesting quilt.

Some blocks rotated

Some blocks rotated

However, when you rotate half the blocks it forms a very eyecatching quilt – much more interesting.

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  1. HI Rose

    I Can’t wait to try some of the projects I have seen. I am going on a quilt retreat next month and plan to take some of them with me


  2. Patricia Statham says:

    Some time your pattern
    don’t be even on the page or center
    And that made it hard to get the whole pattern Thank
    You so much I really appreciate you and Happy New Year

    • Hi Patricia. Not sure why you had a problem. Sometimes websites look different if you try them with a different browser. Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year! Great quilt pattern to kick off 2017 – you’re right, the second version is preferable.

  4. Vicki Becker says:

    Thank you so much! My grandson picked out this pattern in a 12″ block and I hadn’t been able to find an 18″ version. He is very tall and this will make it easier to make a bed quilt to fit him.