Nine Patch Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Pattern

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    Make 12" Lady of the Lake Quilt Blocks

    Nine Patch Lady of the Lake Quilt Block
    Nine Patch Lady of the Lake Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Nine Patch Version of the Lady of the Lake Design

    This Lady of the Lake quilt block pattern explains how to make nine patch versions of the traditional quilt block. The design is made entirely of half square triangle units. Twenty small units surround a larger half square triangle unit that sits at the block's center.​

    Only two fabrics are required to make traditional Lady of the Lake quilt blocks, a dark, and a light, and they're reversed from side to side.

    The pattern instructions result...MORE in two Lady of the Lake quilt blocks. Instructions assume you will use a specific quick piecing method to make half square triangle units. Cutting will differ if you prefer to sew the units with another method.

    Finished quilt block size: 12" x 12"

    To make a smaller quilt block, see my 10-inch Five Patch Lady of the Lake quilt block pattern. Lady in Red is a variation of the design, with quilt blocks that finish at 9-inches square.

    Nine Patch Lady of the Lake Fabrics and Cutting Instructions

    Dark doesn't necessarily mean something as deep as black or navy -- the importance is a noticeable contrast between the two fabrics you choose.

    Dark fabric:

    • (20) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
    • (1) 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" square

    Light fabric:

    • (20) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
    • (1) 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" square

    You might want to cut the smaller squares a little larger and then trim each finished (small) half square triangle unit back to exactly 2-1/2" square after assembly.

    If you plan to make a quilt from lots of identical blocks, try the Magic 8 half square triangle unit method to sew eight identical units at a time.

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  • 02 of 03

    Assemble the 12" Lady of the Lake Quilt Blocks

    Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Pattern
    Assemble the Lady of the Lake Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Sew the Quilt Blocks

    1. Gather your 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares. Pair a light square with a dark square and use the easy quick pieced half square triangle method to construct two half square triangle units that measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
    2. Repeat to make a total of (40) half square triangle units.
    3. Use the same method to make two half square triangle units by pairing the two 8-7/8" x 8-7/8" squares. Each completed unit will measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2".
    4. Gather (20) small half square...MORE triangle units and one large unit. Arrange them into three vertical rows as shown:
      • The left vertical row has (6) small units oriented with the light halves on the right and dark to the left.
      • The center row is made up of the large unit, with four small units along its top and four along its bottom (sew each string of four together first, and then sew the row to the large square).
      • The right row has (6) small units oriented with dark halves on the left and light halves on the right (like the first row).
    5. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances, taking care not to stretch the fabric.
    6. Sew rows together. Press. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".
    7. Repeat to make a second Lady of the Lake quilt block.
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    Lady of the Lake Quilt Layout Option

    Lady of the Lake Quilt
    Lady of the Lake Quilt. Janet Wickell

    One Layout for Lady of the Lake Quilt Blocks

    This example illustrates a Lady of the Lake quilt made with 13 Lady of the Lake quilt blocks placed on point and surrounded by setting triangles. Experiment with quilt blocks and you'll find many other ways to design a Lady of the Lake Quilt.