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Make Alternate Quilt Blocks for the Floral Quilt
Quilt Blocks

Quilt blocks made from oversize quarter square triangle units.

Janet Wickell

The alternate quilt block for the floral quilt is simply a large quarter-square triangle unit.

We'll use quick piecing techniques to assemble the block, eliminating the need to handle stretchy, bias edge triangles.

As for any quilt pattern, begin by cutting only enough fabric for a few sample blocks. Everyone makes errors -- including me -- and after making a sample you might discover you prefer a different fabric arrangement.

Sew the Patchwork

  1. Cut (9) 13-1/4" x 13-1/4" squares of your large, darker floral. Cut (9) more same-sized squares from your light floral.
  2. Use the easy sandwich method to pair a large floral square with a light floral square to make half square triangle units. Repeat with remaining squares.
  3. When complete, the units should measure 12-7/8" x 12-7/8", and have a dark half and a light half. Trim the "dog ears" (little triangles that extend past the angled seams).
  4. Use the same method to create two quarter square triangle units from two half square units, taking care to place contrasting fabrics against each other for sewing (complete instructions).
  5. Repeat, pairing remaining units to create a total of (18) quarter square triangle units as illustrated on this page; each should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". One unit will not be used; save it for another project, cutting it down as needed, or sew borders around the patchwork and use it to make a throw pillow that coordinates with your quilt.


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