Today we’re going to sew together a Hope of Hartford quilt block – another partial seam construction! It finishes at 10″ square and isn’t difficult to put together. Let’s get started!
- Light/White: 1 – 5.5″ square, cut in half diagonally twice; 4 – 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles
- Medium/Blue: 1 – 5.5″ square, cut in half diagonally twice
- Medium/Green: 2 – 5″ squares, cut in half diagonally once
- Dark/Green: 1 – 2.5″ square (oops, I forgot to include him in the picture!)
First of all I recommend hitting all the triangle pieces with some spray starch. We’re going to be sewing on bias edges and the starch helps keep the edges from stretching.
Sew together one of the Light/White triangles and one of the Medium/Blue triangles along one of the shorter sides as shown in the picture. Press seam allowance toward the Medium/Blue. Repeat to make a total of 4 Triangle units. Be sure that they are all orientated the same way!
Three Triangle Unit:
Now match up one the Triangle units you just made with one of the Medium/Green triangles and sew together along the long side. We’re going to call this a Three Triangle Unit. Press seam allowance toward the Medium/Green fabric. Square up/trim the unit to a 4.5″ square. I showed how to square up a block in the Hourglass block tutorial which you can read here: https://fabric-406.myshopify.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-hourglass-or-quarter-square-triangle-block. Repeat for a total of four units.
Match up one of the Light/White 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles with one of the Three Triangle Units you just completed. Sew a long side of the rectangle to the Medium/Blue side of the unit as shown in the picture. Press seam allowance toward the Light/White.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out all the Rectangle Units and the Dark/Green 2.5″ square as shown in the picture below.
Starting with the upper left unit, sew the Dark/Green 2.5 square to the Rectangle Unit with a partial seam. I’ve marked my seam line with black marker so you can see where I’ve sewn the two together.
Press the seam allowance away from the Dark/Green 2.5″ square.
Now you can sew the upper right unit and …
Press the seam allowance away from the Dark/Green 2.5″ square as shown below.
Continue around going in a clockwise manner, pressing seam allowances away from the center.
Press the last seam allowance away from the center and you’re done!
The Hope of Hartford block is a pinwheel variation. Even with the partial seam construction, it isn’t hard to sew and goes together quickly.
I hope you enjoyed this block! If you like this tutorial and want to see more as they come out, just click HERE to receive a free PDF quilt pattern called "Chained Weathervane".