Monday, February 23, 2015
It's really unusual to see this kind of block set on the straight, rather than on point.
When we documented it, we could not find an exact pattern match among the thousands of quilt patterns in our reference books. It's similar to one called English Ivy (Brackman #1330), but it's not exactly the same. It's a variation.
Variation is a useful term in documenting quilts. Quilt makers are endlessly inventive. Sometimes variations happen because we're trying to replicate something we saw somewhere, and it comes out differently than we expected. Or we start out to copy a pattern, and then think, what if I changed this or that? We add seams, and leave them out. We change the colors, or reverse background and foreground. We change the size or the set.
One of the things that drew me to this quilt was the ease of drafting the pattern. The original English Ivy pattern is much more difficult, with several sizes of triangles. This version is just squares and half-square triangles, with a bit of machine applique.
I mostly left the colors the same, although I used print fabrics instead of solid colors. I did change the small squares in the corners.
I also left out the leaves, just for simplicity's sake.
My version is a 12 in. square (finished) block. The original blocks measured around 9 in. square, which I didn't know until I had drafted my version and made the first block.
I made 12 blocks, which will make a relatively small quilt. Here's how I'm going to set it:
Here are the directions, if you would like to make my version of this block.
Red Clover Quilt
12 in. block (finished)
To make one block:
You will need 2 half square triangles made from red print and background fabric, that measure 4 in. square finished. I made these using the Easy Angle. I placed a strip of background fabric face down on a strip of red print fabric, each 4.5 in. wide, and cut the triangles with the Easy Angle.
You will also need 13 half square triangles made from green print and background fabric, that measure 2 in. finished. I made these by placing a strip of background fabric face down on a strip of green print fabric, each 2.5 in. wide, and cut the triangles with the Easy Angle.
You can make the triangle squares any way you like, as long as they end up measuring the same.
That takes care of the triangles!
You also need:
From background fabric, cut:
1 square 6.5 in. x 6.5 in.
2 squares 2.5 in. x 2.5 in.
From red print fabric, cut
1 square, 4.5 in. x 4.5 in.
From green print fabric, cut
1 rectangle, 2 in. wide x 10.5 in. long (this is the stem).
I made this block in quarters. The lower right quarter, with the stem, is already done.
Once you've got these sections sewn, you just join them together.
The sashing strips are cut 1.5 in. wide and 12.5 in. long. The nine patch corner squares are made from 1.5 in. squares, and the nine patch finishes at 3 in. square. I suppose you could strip piece them, but I find that it wastes fabric, so I just cut the squares.
I'm hoping to work on this quilt today, to get all the sashing and cornerstones made and decide on an outside border. I finished the leaders and enders 4 patch blocks yesterday, so I guess today I'll work on a charity quilt as a leaders and enders project. It's amazing what we can get done this way.
Keep warm, and keep sewing!