Today let's look at the traditional Silver Lane quilt block. The traditional coloring is with four shades of one color plus the light background but I decided to throw a purple print in the mix. While it looks complicated, it's not that difficult with only Flying Geese and Half-Square Triangles to construct. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Silver Lane Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 2 - 3" squares, 4 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Medium 1/Purple: 4 - 3" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares
- Medium 2/Lightest Blue: 2 - 3" squares
- Medium 3/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Dark/Darkest Blue: 4 - 3" squares, and 8 - 2.5" squares
Half Square Triangle Units:
First you can sew together four Half Square Triangle units using the Light/White 3" squares and the Medium 1/Lightest Blue 3" squares as shown below. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square. You will find my tutorial for making a basic Half Square Triangle at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Repeat Step 1 only using the Medium 1/Purple 3" squares and the Dark/Darkest Blue 3" squares as shown below.
Now you can make a Pinwheel unit using the Step 1 Half Square Triangles as shown below. You will find the tutorial for making a Pinwheel block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/pinwheel-quilt-block-pattern
Flying Geese Unit:
Using the Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the Dark/Darkest Blue 2.5" squares, you will construct four Flying Geese like the ones shown in the picture below. The tutorial for making Flying Geese is at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block
Now sew a Step 4 unit to a Medium 3/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the Medium 3/Blue rectangle. Repeat for a total of four units.
For the Corner units lay out a Light/White 2.5" square, a Medium/Purple 2.5" square, and two the Purple/Darkest Blue Half Square Triangles as shown in the picture below.
From here the Corner unit goes together just like a basic Four Patch block. First you sew the units into two rows and press the seam allowances toward the Half Square Triangle units as shown below.
Now sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance toward the Light/White fabric as shown in the picture below. Repeat Steps 6 through 8 for a total of four Corner units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Pinwheel unit, the Flying Geese units, and the Corner units as shown below.
Now sew the units into three rows (just like a typical Nine Patch) as shown below.
And press the seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units as shown here.
All that's left is to sew the rows together, and...
Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!
I enjoyed putting this Silver Lane quilt block together. Lots of pieces but not that difficult to do and the seams nested nicely. I like that a diamond shape will appear when multiple blocks are sewn together.
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