Free Pattern – Hope of Hartford Quilt Block

Hope of Hartford

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!

Fabric Requirements:

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!)

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Sewing Directions:

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.

Triangle Unit:

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! 

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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://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-hourglass-or-quarter-square-triangle-block/. Repeat for a total of four units.

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Rectangle Unit:

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.

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Putting It All Together:

Lay out all the Rectangle Units and the Dark/Green 2.5″ square as shown in the picture below.

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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. 

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Press the seam allowance away from the Dark/Green 2.5″ square.

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Now you can sew the upper right unit and …

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Press the seam allowance away from the Dark/Green 2.5″ square as shown below.

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Continue around going in a clockwise manner, pressing seam allowances away from the center.

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Press the last seam allowance away from the center and you’re done!

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In Conclusion:

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!

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

2 thoughts on “Free Pattern – Hope of Hartford Quilt Block

    • ElaineHuff says:

      Hi Becky, I always feel like I’ve really done something when I do a partial seam – but it’s really not hard – lol! I’ve got another one that will be coming up that is a great scrappy block.

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