Quilt Block of the Month: September

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new 8" x 8" finished block will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

Peace & Plenty

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Peace & Plenty

Cutting

From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 A triangles.

    Peace & Plenty


  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 B triangles.

    Peace & Plenty


  • Cut 4 (1 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 C triangles.

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 C triangles.

  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 D triangles.

Assembly

  1. Stitch a B and D triangle together along a straight edge (Figure 1). Repeat with an A and C triangle referring again to Figure 1. Press seams toward the D and C triangles.

    Peace & Plenty

  2. Repeat step 1 to make eight B-D units and four A-C units (Figure 2).

    Peace & Plenty

  3. Stitch two B-D units together matching the B and D angled sides as shown in Figure 3. Press seam toward B. Repeat to make four B-D half-square units.

    Peace & Plenty

  4. Stitch an A-C unit to a B-D halfsquare unit along long sides to make a block quadrant referring again to Figure 3. Repeat to make four quadrants.

  5. Stitch quadrants into rows and then rows together, referring to Figure 4 for orientation, to complete the block. Press seams open to alleviate bulk.

    Peace & Plenty

Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light and dark fabric for this block. Use scraps from other projects, or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps, or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Stitch Guide in the sidebar to access Quilting Basics or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

Choices

Used by itself, Peace & Plenty creates different-size pinwheels rolling across the quilt -- a small one at each block center and large ones made from the block’s A-C half-square triangles in the block corners.

Cut the D or C pieces from medium fabric to highlight one or the other of the pinwheels.

Consult a complete quilting guide for ideas on how to do any of these things. If you are a first-time quilter you can learn the whole quilting process from Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts, editor of Quilter's World, available at AnniesCraftStore.com. If you are a sometime quilter who needs a little refreshing of your skills, again consult a complete quilting guide (easily found at your local library, book or fabric store) or the Stitch Guide link at the Quilter's World website.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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