Labyrinth Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 06

    How to Make Labyrinth Quilt Blocks

    Labyrinth Quilt Block Pattern
    Labyrinth Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Labyrinth Quilt Blocks


    This Labyrinth quilt block pattern explains how to make one version of the many quilt designs known by that name. My block is a star with two interwoven border areas.


    The center of the Labyrinth quilt block is a quarter square triangle unit, and that's what you'll find in the instructions, but the center can be created from any patchwork that finishes at 3" x 3". Try,



    The Labyrinth quilt block finishes at 12" x 12".


    How to Assemble the Labyrinth Quilt Block


    There are many ways to assemble this quilt block. We'll use a combination of quick piecing techniques. Be sure to read the options, especially if you are making a scrap quilt block.


    Fabrics for One 12" Labyrinth Quilt Block


    Use the block on the left as a guide. The block is made from only four fabrics.


    If you are making scrap blocks, it's important that the fabrics within each of the four groups are very close in color value (contrast). If they aren't a good match (in contrast, not color) you will lose the woven appearance.


    You'll find cutting for a 24" Labyrinth block on page 6.


    Fabric A, Outer Border and Star Background (mine is light)


    • (4) 2" x 5" rectangles
    • (4) 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles
    • (2) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares (for half square triangle units -- I would cut larger squares and then trim the units back after assembly to improve accuracy)
    • (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares (do not cut these oversize)
    • (2) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" squares

    Fabric B (darkest woven border)


    • (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares (or cut larger if you plan to make all half square triangle units oversize)
    • (2) 2" x 5" rectangles
    • (2) 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles
    • (2) 2" x 2" squares

    Fabric C (light woven border)


    • (6) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares (or cut larger if you plan to make all half square triangle units oversize)
    • (1) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square

    Fabric D (inner star tips)


    • (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares (do not cut oversize)

    Options for Flying Geese


    Some areas are made from flying geese and can be replaced with half square triangle units (HST) that are sewn together to look like geese. Scrap quilters might prefer to use that method for the quilt blocks. If you do, the HSTs should finish at 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (they will measure 2" x 2" after assembly).


    Use any method to assemble the HST units except this.


    You can also substitute another quick pieced flying geese method for the no waste method explained in the instructions. If you do, work with 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles for the pointed areas of geese and 2" x 2" squares for the side triangles.


     


     


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  • 02 of 06

    Make Patchwork for the Labyrinth Quilt

    Labyrinth Quilt Block Patchwork
    Labyrinth Quilt Block Patchwork. Janet Wickell

    Sew the Labyrinth Patchwork


    Assemble all of the patchwork units you'll need for the Labyrinth quilt block and stack like-units together.


    Make Half Square Triangle Units


    1. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each 2-3/8" Fabric C square.
    2. Pair one of the squares with a Fabric B square of the same size, right sides together and all edges aligned (you might have chosen to use larger squares).
    3. Sew the squares together with two diagonal lines as explained in my quick...MORE pieced half square triangle unit tutorial. If you are not using oversize squares, sew scant (slightly narrow) seam allowances.
    4. When complete, you will have (2) 2" x 2" HST units. Trim back instructions for anyone who used oversize squares.
    5. Repeat to pair three more Fabric B and Fabric C squares to make a total of eight HSTs in that color combo.
    6. Repeat again, pairing each of the remaining two Fabric C squares with a Fabric A square of the same size to make four HST units.

    Make the Quarter Square Triangle Unit


    1. Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of one 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" Fabric A square.
    2. Align the square right sides together with the Fabric C square of the same size.
    3. Sew together exactly as you did to make the HST units.
    4. When cut apart and complete you will have two HST units that measure 3-7/8" x 3-7/8".
    5. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse of one HST -- it should flow across the seam.
    6. Use the same technique to sew the squares together, aligning contrasting sides of the units right sides together. See my quarter square triangle unit instructions.
    7. After cutting the new units apart on the new diagonal line, you will have two quarter square triangle units (QST) that measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". Set one aside and use it for a second quilt block.

    Make the Flying Geese


    Refer to my no waste flying geese tutorial if the method is new to you. It is one of the most accurate ways to make flying geese and is super simple, with far less trimming up and cutting than many other techniques.


    1. Pair (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" Fabric A squares with the 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" Fabric C square to make four flying geese that measure 2" x 3-1/2".
    2. Pair (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" Fabric D squares with the remaining 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" Fabric A square to make four flying geese that measure 2" x 3-1/2".

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  • 03 of 06

    Assemble the Labyrinth Quilt Block

    Labyrinth Quilt Block Center
    Labyrinth Quilt Block Center. Janet Wickell

    Assemble the Labyrinth Center Star First


    Use a calibrated quarter inch seam allowance to assemble the quilt block and make sure to press carefully but thoroughly.


    Pressing to set a seam before pressing to one side always improves accuracy.


    1. Gather four A/C half square triangle units, four A/D flying geese, and the A/D quarter square triangle unit.
    2. Arrange the components into three rows as shown, left. Check to make sure all angles are oriented correctly.
    3. Sew the components of each row together.
    4. Press...MORE seam allowances towards the flying geese.
    5. Join the rows, matching seam intersections and row ends carefully. Use straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting as you sew.
    6. Press seam allowances towards the center of the block.
    7. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". If your block is off a bit, try one of my easy methods to fix problem quilt blocks.

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  • 04 of 06

    Sew the First Interwoven Border

    Labyrinth Quilt Block
    Sew the Labyrinth's First Woven Border. Janet Wickell

    Circle the Star with the First Interwoven Border


    1. Gather four B/C half square triangle units and two Fabric B 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles.
    2. Arrange one rectangle and two of the triangle units on opposite sides of the square, taking care to orient angles as shown upper left.
    3. Sew each vertical component together and press seam allowances towards the HST units.
    4. Sew each to the block, upper right illustration.
    5. Gather four more B/C HST units, two 2" x 5" Fabric B rectangles, and two 2" x...MORE 2" Fabric B squares.
    6. Arrange as shown, lower left. The square is positioned next to the right edge of the right HST unit in the top row; the square is on the left edge of the left HST unit in the bottom row.
    7. Sew row components together. Press seam allowances towards the HST units. (You can alter pressing if you wish.)
    8. Sew the top and bottom rows to the quilt block, bottom right illustration.

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  • 05 of 06

    Finish Sewing the Labyrinth Quilt Block

    Labyrinth Quilt Block
    Sew the Outer Woven Border. Janet Wickell

    Add the Outer Interwoven Border 


    1. Gather two 2" x 3-1/2" Fabric A rectangles and two Fabric A/C flying geese.
    2. Create two columns with the patchwork by sewing one geese unit between two rectangles (for opposite sides of the partial block).
    3. Sew the patchwork in each column together and press seam allowances towards the geese.
    4. Sew each column to its side of the block. Press seam allowances towards the block.
    5. Gather the two 2" x 5" Fabric A rectangles and the two remaining Fabric A/C...MORE flying geese.
    6. Use the pieces to create an upper and lower border as shown, bottom right. Press seam allowances towards the geese and sew the two strips to the quilt block.
    7. Press. The block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

    More


    Try this Around the Twist quilt block pattern (a Celtic twist) and Interlocking Chains if you like interwoven quilt blocks.


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  • 06 of 06

    Make a 24" Labyrinth Quilt Block

    Fabrics for One 24" Labyrinth Quilt Block


    Refer back to the original instructions for assembly steps.


    Fabric A, Outer Border and Star Background (mine is light)


    • (4) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangles
    • (4) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
    • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (for half square triangle units -- cut larger squares and then trim the units back after assembly to improve accuracy)
    • (4) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (do not cut these oversize)
    • (2) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" squares (one for...MORE flying geese and the other for QST in center)

    Fabric B (darkest woven border)


    • (4) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (or larger to match others cut for HSTs)
    • (2) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangles
    • (2) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
    • (2) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares

    Fabric C (light woven border)


    • (6) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (or larger to match others cut for HSTs)
    • (1) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" square for flying geese

    Fabric D (inner star tips)


    • (4) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (do not cut oversize)