indian mat quilt block pattern

Indian mat quilt block pattern


This quilt block pattern is a nine patch from Nancy Cabot – and it doesn’t have nearly as many half square triangles as some of her patterns do!  I think it’s quite unusual looking but still very traditional.



Cutting requirements

I’ve made it as a 12″ block using the following fabric:

four 2.7/8″ squares each in purple and white

two 2.7/8″ squares each in purple and lilac

nine 2.1/2″ white squares, five 2.1/2″ purple squares and ten 2.1/2″ lilac squares

Making the quilt block

making half square triangles

Making half square triangles


All the 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles in the pairings listed above.  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 to produce two half square triangles.



indian mat quilt block layout

Indian mat quilt block layout


Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  The half square triangles are all used in the corners with the diagonal corners matching each other, while the squares are arranged in the middle of the square.




indian mat quilt block rows

Indian mat quilt block rows


Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Make sure that each seam allowance is facing in a different direction from those above and below it in order to reduce bulk.

That completes the Indian mat quilt block pattern.


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