Four blocks together make an effective cushion cover.
Can you see how the blocks have been placed carefully, so that the direction of the half-square triangle diagonal always goes out from the middle?
In the small quilt below, made from flannel and plaid fabrics, all the blocks are arranged the same way round, giving an overall diagonal feel.
A simple diagonal grid of hand quilting was chosen to complete the quilt – notice how this grid changes slightly in the border.
If the little blocks are arranged in groups of four, with the diagonals circling round in each set, then this is the effect:
I love the dark green fabric in this quilt – if you look carefully, it has ducks on it, so I named this “Ducks in Rings”.
However, if the blocks are arranged all the same way round within the sets of four, and the sets rotated so that the diagonals radiate out from the centre, a completely different effect is obtained:
This “scrappy” little quilt was made with the fabric left over from my favourite bed quilt “Solitaire“.
And, this variation, in which the four square units are rotated so that the Light squares run down the diagonal, is known as Buckeye Beauty:
This one was made as a cot quilt when a friend of mine at work who likes soft colours, had her first child, Henry. I needed to finish it quickly, so again used a simple grid design for the quilting – vertical & horizontal this time, and stitched by machine.
On an antique quit I own, the blocks are arranged in groups of four – giving yet another possibility:
Isn’t it amazing how many things can be done with one simple little block? The reason that it is so flexible is because it has a diagonal character, which changes as the block is rotated. have a look at other quilts on the Wall Hangings page to see how this works with other blocks.
This pattern is available for you to buy as a download.
- quick-piecing instructions to make the blocks quickly and easily
- 8 different ways of arranging the blocks to make different designs
- suggestions for using the block to make a cushion cover, a wall-hanging, a cot quilt or a small wallhanging
Northern Lights is a good choice for a scrap quilt. A bit of planning will be far more effective than a completely random selection of fabrics though – why not have a look at the Scrap Quilts page for some guidance on colour choice?