A new week, a new quilt project.
I’ve always liked the symmetry of this quilt block and wanted to use it in a quilt. I would consider it an intermediate block since it involves a partial seam as well as a four-patch center unit. It also involves sewing bias edges. However, it’s not a difficult block to construct and is well worth the effort.
There are two ways to go about making this block. One involves using templates and the other your quilting rulers. I will show you both methods. Your finished block will measure 9”.
For the template method, draw a 4” x 8” rectangle on a plain piece of paper.
Place your ruler diagonally from corner to corner as shown and draw a line that divides the rectangle in half.
The bottom right triangle will be the pattern for your template.
Draw quarter-inch seam allowances around the triangle. Cut the pattern out and transfer it to template plastic. Cut out your template.
For the ruler method, your will either cut two or four rectangles, depending on whether you want your surrounding triangles all the same color or four different colors.
All triangles same color:
Cut two (2) rectangles 4 ¾” x 9 ¼”
Position a quilting ruler diagonally from corner to corner and cut into two triangles. You should have four triangle units.
Four different colored triangles:
Cut four rectangles 4 ¾” x 9 ¼”, one from each of your four fabrics.
Position a quilting ruler diagonally from corner to corner and cut each rectangle into two triangles. You should have eight triangle units (four extra for another block).
Your center four-patch measures 4” finished and 4 ½” with raw edges. You can use your quilting ruler for this unit. I have an Olfa 4 ½” ruler that makes it really easy to square up my four-patches. (I love the Olfa frosted quilt rulers!)
For a super easy four-patch method, see my sew and cut tutorial.
That wraps up the cutting plan for this block. In part two, we’ll begin sewing the block together.