Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 8)

Here is the seventh block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

You will need:

One medium 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

Two white 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares

Two medium 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares

Eight white 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares

Eight medium 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares

Here are my patches.

First make the four-patch blocks. Start with a pair of white and medium 2 1/2″ squares.

Sew them together and then chain sew the other seven pairs in the same way.

Press the seams towards the dark fabric. You should have eight pieces like this. Arrange the pieces into the four-patch blocks.

Chain sew all four of the four-patch blocks, taking care to butt the seams against each other to ensure a good match in the centre.

You should now have four four-patch squares.

Next, make the half square triangles. Place the two white 4 7/8″ squares on top of the two medium 4 7/8″ squares.

Draw the diagonal lines.

Sew one quarter of an inch away from both sides of the lines.

Cut along the lines to get four half square triangles.

Open up and press the seams towards the darkest fabric. Bear in mind that you may need to change this direction depending on how bulky the seams will be on the back when the nine patches are sewn to complete the block.

Arrange the squares on a table. Take care to place the colours correctly.

Sew together to make three rows. Alternate the direction in which you press the seams so they will butt up against each other when you sew the rows together.

Sew the three rows together.

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  1. Lovely and your work is so neat. I’m very envious, mine always seems to get a bit raggedy. What’s your secret?

    • Every other part of my life is untidy and fairly disorganised no matter how much I try to tame it 😉 I’m sure sewing is in my genes. Looking back through the family, we’ve all enjoyed something with needles or hooks. The secret really is in accurate cutting and seam size. Only thing is, unlike you, I can’t yet bring myself to sell anything because the hours would never be repaid. I really admire people like yourself who can actually allow other people to have pleasure from the things you make. Good luck with everything! You deserve to do well. You see, you have your own secret too 😀

      • aww thank you! what a lovely thing to say.

        I’m still incredibly envious of your neatness.

        You are so right about the amount of hours spent on makes, it would never really pay back but since I love making so much and have really run out of chairs to take cushions, beds to take spreads, teapots to take teacosies at home….. the list goes on, selling is a good option.

        The feedback from people who buy is always amazing and really puts a smile on your face. I still have crisis of confidence and wonder why people would want my makes but I take a deep breath and that works. I also figure that they are already seduced by the loveliness of handmade things if they have approached me for something.

        Can’t wait to see the finished item!!


        • Well, I’ll be doing a few links for an award I’ve received in a couple of days. I’m going to break the rules (as usual) and I’ll link to your blog. You don’t have to accept the award but you’ll hopefully get a bit of traffic from the link.
          Everyone I know loves handmade 🙂 Avis x

  2. witchylin

     /  September 25, 2012

    The latest block is so nice. The whole quilt top will be fabulous. Wish I could part with some of my things too. Always feel a) not good enough, b) would be too expensive and c) I just like the colours and want to keep them, 😉 Avis don’t worry about your chaotic life mine is similar. I do try to keep my sewing neat and the props I make for the plays. Everything….ho hum who cares. What is a duster I ask myself. 🙂

    • He-he I was just agreeing with you about the duster and then my OH walked into the kitchen and said it looks and smells like a farmyard! Muddy puppy I’m afraid 😀 Can’t change the weather and we’re definitely not cleaning until this rain stops 😉 My working life and sewing are super organised. The rest……..hmmm?

  3. No time to sew tonight……. 😦 no time to sew tomorrow…… 😦 Thursday yeah 🙂 🙂
    Gun, Sweden


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