Square and Half Quilt

Square and a half quilt

Square and a half quilt

The square and a half quilt (I know it’s not a very imaginative name!) is made using one quilt block only but it has the look of a quilt carefully designed with two very different blocks.  I just love it when that happens.  I’ve used nine square and a half quilt blocks to make this 55″ square quilt, using 3/4 yard of green, 1 yard each of dark blue and white, with 1.1/4 yards of light blue.

Cutting requirements for the square and a half quilt

3.7/8″ squares:  fifty four each in dark blue and white

3.1/2″ squares:  nine green, thirty six white, thirty six light blue

4.1/4″ squares:  eighteen green, nine light blue, nine dark blue




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white square and a dark blue square 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.  This will produce two half square triangles which are 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners of the square.  Put these to one side now so that they don’t get confused with the quarter square triangles made in the next step.

Make quarter square triangles

Make quarter square triangles

Completed quarter square triangle units

Completed quarter square triangle units

Making the quarter square triangle units

Use the 4.1/4″ squares to make half square triangles as above, using one green square with either a light blue or a dark blue square.

Place one green/light blue half square triangle right sides together with a green/dark blue half square triangle.  Make sure that the green on one square is placed against the blue in the other square.  Mark a line along the other diagonal – so that it crosses the seam.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two quarter square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Each one has two green quarters opposite each other and a light blue and a dark blue quarter opposite each other.

Inner part of the square and a half quilt block

Inner part of the square and a half quilt block

Making the square and a half quilt block

I think it will be easier to see the layout of the block if I show you the middle first.  This is nine patches with a green square in the middle, a light blue square in each corner and a quarter square triangle unit against each edge of the central square.  Note that these are placed so that the dark blue triangle is always along the edge of the green square.

Square and a half quilt block layout

Square and a half quilt block layout

Now it’s a simple matter to add the outer layer of the quilt block.  There’s a white square in the middle of each edge and dark blue/white half square triangles everywhere else.  These are placed so that the dark blue triangles seem to cut across the corner of the block.  In each corner there are three half square triangles and these are placed so that the triangles are facing the same way as each other in each corner.

Sew the squares together across each of the five rows and then sew the rows to each other.  You will need nine of these quilt blocks.

Assembling the square and a half quilt

This is a terribly easy quilt layout – just sew the quilt blocks together in three rows of three.

First two quilt borders

First two quilt borders

Quilt border

I have used three borders to frame this quilt.  The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric.  You will need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

For the second border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of the green fabric.  Make two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally, for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.

The square and a half quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  More details on these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

 

Here’s the video:

http://youtu.be/EW_NFuoYsaQ

Thanks so much for all your wonderful suggestions for a name for my longarm machine.  It was a real treat to read them and I really appreciate so many of you taking the time to write in with ideas.  I found it extremely difficult to choose, but I have decided to go with Minnie as my name for her.  It works on several levels – trips off the tongue whether I am pleased or annoyed with her, she is definitely not ‘mini’, and it’s a shortening of minion.  I’m still working on the last bit – she is most definitely the boss at the moment.  I have been trying to work with her a little each day and I definitely feel better about her now than I did a week ago.  My movements still seem a little jerky – but I can hardly blame that on her!