The Love in a Mist quilt block is an easy block for beginners with only half square triangles, square in a square and square patches. This traditional style block was originally done with only a light and a dark or medium colored fabric. I had to do my own thing so I added in another color. Additionally, the center star could be a fourth color. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Love in a Mist Quilt Block:
- Light/Gold: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 3" squares, and 20 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Orange: 4 - 3" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares
- Dark/Black: 4 - 4.5" squares
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using the four Light/Gold 3" squares and the four Medium/Orange 3" squares sew together eight Half Square Triangle (HST) units as shown in the picture below. Trim/square up the HSTs to 2.5" square. You can find my tutorial for sewing a basic HST at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Square in a Square Units:
Next you sew the Square in a Square units by using 16 Light/Gold 2.5" squares and the four Dark/Black 4.5" squares as shown below. You will find the tutorial for sewing together a basic Square in a Square block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block
Lay out two Step 1 Half Square Triangle units, a Light/Gold 2.5" square, and a Medium/Orange 2.5" square as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the patches together like a Four Patch block by sewing them into two rows. Then press the seam allowances away from the Half Square Triangle units as shown below.
Now sew the two rows together and press the seam allowances. You can see in the picture below that I've use the tweak/twirl/furl method for pressing but you can press however you like. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 for a total of four Corner units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Corner units, the Square in a Square units, and the Light/Gold 4.5" square as shown below.
From here the Love in a Mist quilt block goes together like a typical Nine Patch block. Sew the units together into three rows as shown in the picture below.
Press the seam allowances away from the Square in a Square units as shown below.
Sew the three rows together.
Press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!
The Love in a Mist quilt block was a fun block to put together. It's pretty easy and quick to complete and you could have fun with color placement. I like how the Dark/Black squares give the illusion of the center star sitting on top of a dark square. Additionally, the Corner units make this block a variation of a Weathervane quilt block.
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P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need