Traditional Quilt Block - Friendship Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today we're going to look at the traditional quilt block called Friendship Block - not to be confused with the Friendship Star quilt block! It is a lovely block that finishes at 12" square and uses only three basic units. Let's get started!

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Friendship Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 20 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
  • Medium/Tan: 1 - 4.5" square, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Red: 8 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Four Patch Unit:

Step 1:

Using 2 Light/Ivory 2.5" squares and 2 Medium/Tan 2.5" squares, make a basic Four Patch block. You can find my tutorial for making a Four Patch block at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-quilt-block

friendship block 1

Step 2:

Press the seam allowances as shown in the picture below. I would not use the tweak/twirl/furl method of pressing for this particular block.

friendship block 2

Step 3:

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of 4 Four Patch units.

friendship block 3

Square in a Square Unit:

Step 4:

Using the Medium/Tan 4.5" square and four Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, make a Square in a Square block as shown in the picture below. My tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block is at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block

friendship block 4

Flying Geese Units:

Step 5:

Using the Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the Dark/Red 2.5" squares, make a total of four Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making Flying Geese blocks at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block

friendship block 5

Step 6:

Now you can make Flying Geese units that are the opposite color orientation from Step 5. So using the Dark/Red 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and 8 Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, make four Flying Geese units as shown below. 

friendship block 6

Step 7:

Now you need to sew one Step 5 unit and one Step 6 together as shown in the picture of below.

friendship block 7

Step 8:

And press the seam allowance in the same direction as the points of the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

friendship block 8

Putting It All Together:

Step 9:

Lay out the Four Patch units, the center Square in a Square unit, and the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. Now the block can be sewn together like a basic Nine Patch block.

friendship block 9

Step 10:

Sew the units together into three rows as shown below.

friendship block 10

Step 11:

And press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

friendship block 11

Step 12:

Now you sew the three rows together to complete the block!

friendship block 12

Step 13:

And press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown below. You are done!

friendship block 13

Conclusion:

This was a fun block to put together. The individual units aren't difficult so the Friendship Block went together quickly. If you changed up the color orientation and number of colors, you would get a totally different look. 

I hope you've enjoyed this Friendship Block

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

 


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2 comments

  • Hi Leslie, I wasn’t able to find any pictures of quilts with this block either. It’s a lovely block and easy to construct so you would think it would be popular! I will put together a blog post with color and layout variations in the near future.

    Elaine Huff on
  • I am really drawn to this quilt block pattern. I cannot locate any pictures of quilt tops that this block was used to create or with other color placements. Can you post some or email me some links? Thank you! Leslie

    Leslie Wolff on

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