The first time I tried making a herringbone block, I had to do a lot of unpicking. I don’t know why I didn’t realize this, but the parallel lines must go in opposite directions on half of the blocks. Otherwise, they don’t get those great V-shapes going. Working this block in two colors as we’ll do today really helps to ensure that you get everything lined up properly!
Today’s post is block 6 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 Fabric A HSTs with the background fabrics together and the diagonal lines parallel from bottom left to top right. Stitch these together. Make four of these blocks.
- Stitch two of the blocks from step 2 together, along the short edges. Make two of these strips.
- Align two Fabric B HSTs, with the patterned fabrics together and the diagonal lines parallel from top left to bottom right. Stitch these together. Make four of these blocks.
- Stitch two of the blocs from step 4 together, along the short edges. Make two of these strips.
- Align a Fabric A strip with a Fabric B strip and stitch together. Make two pairs.
- Stitch the two blocks 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