Diagonal Designs Make Dynamic Quilts

The Split Nine Patch block with its strong diagonal of light and dark allows you to use the variety of settings usually associated with the log cabin block. I added a unusual border treatment here to give a three dimensional feel. 36" x 36"

The Split Nine Patch block with its strong diagonal of light and dark allows you to use the variety of settings usually associated with the log cabin block. I added a unusual border treatment here to give a three dimensional feel. 36″ x 36″


In conjunction with my program “Diagonal Designs Make Dynamic Quilts” at QUILT on August 25, I’m teaching a Super Saturday Sew-in class on the same subject on August 27 from 9-3:00. The cost is $10 and you can pick from three different options. I will have the instructions for all three blocks. We will make blocks and then play with arrangements allowing you to design you own quilt. Sign up with Amy at guild.

I've called this block Three Triangles and a Square because I cannot find another name. Can you? Quilt title is Poppies and Sunflowers and measures 46" x 45".

I’ve called this block Three Triangles and a Square because I cannot find another name. Can you? Quilt title is Poppies and Sunflowers and measures 46″ x 45″.

Supply List for Diagonal Designs Make Dynamic Quilts

Choose one for the Super Saturday Sew-in on August 27
You can decide in class after looking at the samples—this supply list works for all the options.
Split Nine Patch: This nine patch block is loaded with design possibilities! The diagonal split in color or shading gives you lots of creative options. The basic color scheme is light, medium and a dark center. All the options available for putting together a log cabin quilt are here. Make it scrappy or sophisticated, you will enjoy creating with this block. Block size: 4 ½ x 4 1/2:”

Three Triangles and a Square: This diagonal block features a large triangle on one side and a square wedged between two smaller triangles on the other side. Again, all the options available for putting together a log cabin quilt are here. Block size: 5” x 5”.

Broken Dishes: This traditional block is composes entirely of triangles. Cut thirty or forty triangles and then start arranging them on your design wall. Cut more of the ones that you like or that you find useful in creating an interesting design. Tip: If you want a particular size block for your finished square of two triangles sewn together, add 7/8” instead of the usual ½” seam allowance as you cut the original squares to create those triangles to place on your design wall. Example: For a 6” finished block size, cut the squares 6 7/8” x 6 7/8”. Block size: your choice depending on the scale of the pattern in the fabrics you choose.

What to bring to class:

Fabric—As always, bring lots of options for yourself. Pack a tote bag or a suitcase if you do not know exactly what you want to use. The basic Split Nine Patch block calls for a light (or medium) for one side and a dark for the other side with a zinger for the center. You will not need much fabric to cut those zingers, but it has to have good contrast with the other two fabrics. If you choose to make it scrappy, you will have more of a challenge, but it adds personality to use a variety of fabrics. It will probably take more time to create this version.

Sewing machine in good working order

Extra needles–Good sharp needles make the sewing easier. I prefer Schmetz Microtex needles, 70/10 are a good size. Bring what you have.

Cotton thread Size 50 any color. I use a neutral gray or ivory for most of my piecing.

Rotary cutter, mat and long ruler

Scissors, pins, pin cushion, etc (Extra fine, glass head pins are terrific tools!)

Glasses if necessary

***Design Wall—any version of a flannel covered frame or flannel covered cardboard. We will use it to arrange and rearrange our blocks.

Optional: Pictures of any log cabin-type settings that you think might work for this project.

Important! Please take the time before our class to check your ¼” seam markings. Piecing with a too narrow or a too wide ¼” seam makes all your blocks measure too small or too large. Bonding with your machine is a central part of quilting. Your efforts will be rewarded when you can complete you own quilts from start to finish with a minimum of roadblocks!

Call or email me with questions or concerns: Paula Mariedaughter

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4 Responses to Diagonal Designs Make Dynamic Quilts

  1. Sue says:

    Hi Paula,
    Sign me up your Diagonal class.
    Very interesting, as all of your classes have been!
    Now I must go and start digging for fabrics!!!
    Sue Goldman

  2. Lila says:

    Where is the class being held?

  3. Leona C. Rice says:

    I love your “3 Tranges & a Square” quilt–perfect colors. Do you think this quilt can successfully be made into a larger size (full or queen) & still have a diagonal look?

    • Paula says:

      Yes, Leona, I think you would be pleased using this block in a full size quilt. Send me a photo when it is complete.

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