In today’s block of the layer cake sampler, we simply turning our half square triangles 180 degrees, and set them up to be diagonal stripes. I think it’s amazing how 16 half square triangle blocks can be arranged to make so many different patterns from simple (like today’s block) to much more complicated!
Today’s post is block 9 in our layer cake sampler quilt. We’ll be sharing a new block every other week for the first half of this year, and when the project is finished, you’ll have a gorgeous 72”x90” quilt to enjoy. To make the complete quilt, you’ll need 1 patterned layer cake and 1 solid white layer cake. We picked the Lil’ Red layer cake by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda fabrics for the sample quilt.
Supplies Needed for today’s block:
2 contrasting patterned layer cake squares and 2 background layer cake squares, made into half square triangles as described here.
- All seam allowances are a scant ¼.”
- Align two half square triangles from Fabric A so that the background squares are aligned and the diagonal lines are parallel. Stitch together. Make a second pair.
- Align two squares of Fabric A so that the patterned edges are touching. The diagonal lines should be parallel with each other and with the diagonal lines in step 1. Make two of these blocks.
- Align a block from step 2 and a block from step 3 and stitch together along the long side. Make two blocks.
- Repeat steps 2-4 with Fabric B to make two more blocks.
- Align a Fabric A square to the left of a Fabric B square and stitch together.
- Align a Fabric B square to the left of a Fabric A square and stitch together.
- Align the two strips together so that the blocks make a checkerboard pattern with their colors and stitch together.
If you’re catching up on our half-square triangle quilt, here are the previous weeks’ blocks:
Week 1: Chainsaw Block
Week 2: Ask for Directions Block
Week 3: Parallelograms Block
Week 4: Missouri Star Block
Week 5: Pinwheel Block
Week 6: Herringbone Block
Week 7: Time Turner Block
Week 8: Half Square Triangles Block