The Anvil Quilt Block

I wonder how long the anvil quilt block has really been around? I would guess for a really long time. This quilt block is one of the old, old time favorites that we can call a classic. But this block is very easy for the beginner quilter to make.

The anvil quilt block uses squares and half square triangles. I have used tan for the background fabric with a couple of white triangles to add some dimension to the block. See how creative you can be with your color choices.

Try this with a two fabric color combination or try your scraps and see what design you can create.

To complete one block for a sampler quilt:

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Block size: 8 inches

Materials:
Fat quarter fabric in three colors
(brown print, tan and white)
Batting
Backing

Step 1 - Use the rotary cutting techniques.

Cut 5 patches 3 ½” square from the brown print fabric.
Cut 1 patch 4 ½” square from the brown print fabric.
Cut 3 patches 3 ½” square from the tan fabric.
Cut 2 patches 2 ½” square from the tan fabric.
Cut 2 patches 3 ½” square from the white fabric.

Step 2 - Use the half square triangle method.

Place one 3 ½” square of brown print fabric and one 3 ½” square of tan fabric, right sides together. Draw a line on the diagonal on the lighter fabric from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch ¼” on each side of the marked line.

Cut on the drawn line with your rotary cutter or scissors to separate the square into triangles.

Fold open the square and press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric. Using your plastic ruler, trim the square to be 2 ½”. Be sure to use the 45 degree angle on your ruler.

You will need a total of 6 brown print and tan half square triangles measuring 2 ½”.

Step 3 - Use the half square triangle method to complete a total of 4 brown print and white half square triangle units.

Step 4 - Sew row one - tan square, brown print/tan half square triangle, brown print/white half square triangle, brown print/tan half square triangle.

Be sure to check the picture for the correct half square triangle placement.

Step 5 - Sew a brown print/white half square triangle to a brown print/tan half square triangle in a vertical row.

Step 6 - Sew a brown print/tan half square triangle to a brown print/white half square triangle in a vertical row.

Step 7 - Sew row two - sew the vertical row made in Step 5 to the left side of the large brown print square.

Sew the vertical row made in Step 6 to the right side of the large brown print square.

Step 8 - Sew row three - brown print/tan half square triangle, brown print/white half square triangle, tan square.

Step 9 - Sew all of the rows together to complete the anvil quilt block.

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