Double Arrow Quilt Block Pattern

Double Arrow quilt block

Double Arrow quilt block

The double arrow quilt block comes to us from the Kansas City Star company a century ago.  You can of course see the double arrows with green tips in one direction and with white tips in the other direction.

It’s classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as a rather enormous 24″ square finished size.  In order to make it smaller I would have to reduce the width of the red and white stripes and it starts to get fiddly when you are working with 1.1/2″ strips of fabric.

Cutting requirements for the double arrow quilt block

2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ strips:  four white, eight red

12.1/2″ squares:  one white

6.7/8″ squares:  two yellow

7.1/4″ squares:  one white, one green

Make the red/white stripes

You may prefer just to cut the 12.1/2″ strips and sew them together in threes.  I cut 2.1/2″ strips of red, white, red and sewed them together along the length.  These I cut at 6.1/2″ intervals to give me the striped panels.

Make the double arrow quilt block

Double arrow quilt block layout

Double arrow quilt block layout

I’m showing you the full layout straight away because this is such a simple block to make.  Begin with the large white square in the middle.  Place a red/white/red panel on each edge of the square.

Form each corner with a yellow triangle formed by cutting a 6.7/8″ square along one diagonal only.  Place these yellow triangles on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Make the other half of the corner squares with a green and a white triangle formed by cutting 7.1/4″ squares along both diagonals.  Note that these are placed so that the green triangles lie at the ends of the horizontal stripes while the white triangles lie at the ends of the vertical stripes.

Make three rows

Make three rows

Sew the green and white triangles together in pairs.  Add these to the yellow triangles to form squares.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across the rows to form three rows.  Join the rows to each other to complete the double arrow quilt block.

Basic double arrow quilt image

Basic double arrow quilt image

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. This made quite a pleasing quilt – definitely suitable for a gift to a man.

Alternate quilt suggestion

Alternate quilt suggestion

In the alternative quilt I have just rotated every other blocks.  The yellow/green corner squares then form a much more interesting whirligig type design.  I definitely prefer this option.

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  1. Yes, this is definitely a masculine pattern, although not really sure why. Great colours too!

  2. Lola Howard says:

    Love the quilt , I hope your hand is well.

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