Last Updated on 09/28/21 by Rose Palmer
Unfortunately, I have fallen behind on my block of the month project, because, well, life just gets in the way sometimes. But here finally is my block 5.
My sewing room, which is usually my retreat, has now become a storage space. After discovering a leak in our second floor master bath in the spring, we have finally moved forward with much needed bathroom renovations. As a result, trying to get any sewing done is both difficult and unpleasant. Still, I eventually managed to get some me time and finally finished block 5 of my project.
Since May I have been playing with various half square triangle (HST) geometries. I am fascinated by the seemingly endless possibilities that you can create by sewing 4 half square triangles into a unit and then combining four of these units to form a block.
For this month’s block I used a pretty burgundy colored fabric. The 4 patch half square triangle design I chose to work with is a combination of a flying geese and a diamond design. By itself, this asymmetrical half square triangle pattern doesn’t look particularly pretty, but combine four of these together, and now the design possibilities are much more interesting.
Triangle Fourplay – Quilt Block of the Month – Block 5
This is the design I chose for block 5.
And the fabric version of the block:
As with previous blocks, I played around with different orientations and combinations of the basic 4 patch HSQ.
In the end I chose the star design and made it in both the “positive” and “negative” versions using the burgundy and white combination of fabrics.
As in the previous months I am also making this block with other fabrics as well. One version uses some of my scrap Kaffe Fasset fabrics.
Another version is in shades of red and cream.
You can see a different take on this 4 patch HSQ unit in my California inspired quilt, California Dreamin.
If you would like to join along in this block of the month project, here are the measurements and fabric requirements.
My starting half square triangle is 3.5 inches square. Once I’ve sewn 16 of them into a block, the size of the sewn block is 12.5 inches square which will finish at 12 inches in the quilt.
You can also read about my quick and easy method for making half square triangles.
For each 12 inch finished block using two colors:
- Fat eighth or 1/8 yd of two contrasting colors, OR
- Enough fabric to cut 8 x 4 inch squares of each fabric color
For a quilt with twelve 12 inch blocks I am thinking I will need:
- 2.5 yards of each of two contrasting fabrics for the 12 blocks
- 3/4 yard fabric for sashing
- 1/3 to 1/2 yard for each border
- 1/2 yard for binding
Check out the rest of the designs in my block of the month project:
See you next month. Thanks for visiting.