lightning in the hills quilt block

Lightning in the hills quilt block

I’ve often heard quilting being described as cutting up fabric into small bits and then sewing the bits back together again, but it never ceases to amaze me how many different ways there are of sewing them back together again.  The lightning in the hills quilt block really took my interest because there are so many different patterns that you can find within the block.  I have made it broadly in the colours that it was intended to be made in, but I think there are all sorts of possibilities for both changing the colours and using more colours to highlight these different patterns.

I have made it here as a 24″ block.

Cutting requirements

dark blue fabric:  ten 4.7/8″ squares

light blue fabric: four 4.7/8″ squares

grey fabric:  six 4.7/8″ squares and four 4.1/2″ squares

white fabric:  twelve 4.7/8″ squares and four 4.1/2″ squares

Making the quilt block

make the half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

As so often with Nancy Cabot quilt blocks,  there are loads of half square triangle units and these are made in the usual way:  place two squares of fabric with right sides together and draw a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units.

Make up the half square triangles in the following proportions:  twenty dark blue/white, eight light blue/grey, four grey/white.


lightning in the hills quilt block layout

Lightning in the hills quilt block layout

It doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but what I have called grey fabric is used in the triangles with the light blue fabric and in the square in the middle.  All the remaining dark triangles are what I have called dark blue.

Once you have made all the half square triangle units, lay them out in six rows of six patchwork squares.  Keep checking with the photo to ensure that you have the triangles facing in the correct direction.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  This is a lovely quilt block which looks more complex to make than it really is.

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