Free Quilt Block Pattern: Lemon Drop Block


In February, I had the pleasure of taking over the American Patchwork and Quilt (@allpeoplequilt) Instagram account for a weekend.  I had such fun talking with other quilters!  One really fun thing I did was ask for everyone to vote on what their favorite precuts was.  Then, I'd said I'd write a free quilt pattern that uses the winning precut.  The layer cake won!

I got to work that night and came up with this block.  I love it!  I spent some time perfecting the size and construction so that I can use as much of a 10" layer cake square as possible.  And, now, I am ready to share the pattern for the block.

I'll be sharing a quilt setting for it within the next few weeks.

This unfinished block measures 9" square.

MATERIALS
1- 10" square of print
1- 10" square of background


INSTRUCTIONS

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS

Read through the instructions before beginning
All seams are sewn with ¼” seam allowance unless noted
RST means right sides together
WOF means Width of Fabric
HST means half square triangle

**IMPORTANT NOTE- When pressing seams, this block WILL nest neatly.  HOWEVER, don't press based on what my beginning pictures show.  Press based on the picture at the end with the black arrows.  Originally I pressed the pieces all to the yellow (and took pictures) but then when I was assembling the block, I had to repress some to get them to nest with the others.  It is hard to give you exact directions as you go because the pressing directions matter on the way you orient the middle 4 patch.  As such, I cannot give pressing directions properly as you go through the block.  The pressing directions are shown in the block layout picture with black arrows on it to show you the direction to press the seam allowance.  You may want to just save the pressing (except for the initial HST which press to the darker side) until you get to the block layout step.  If you do press your seams the incorrect way in the beginning, just repress them the correct way before you sew the blocks together.


CUTTING



From the background fabric, 
     -cut 9- 3" squares
     - take 2 of the 3" squares you just cut and trim them down to 2.5" squares
     -take 3 of the 3" squares you just cut and cut them in half once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles per square (for a total of 6 triangles from the 3 squares)

From the print fabric, 
     -cut 9- 3" squares
     - then take 2 of the 3" squares you just cut and trim them down to 2.5" squares
     -take 3 of the 3" squares you just cut and cut them in half once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles per square (for a total of 6 triangles from the 3 squares)



BLOCK ASSEMBLY

Gather 4 of the 3" background squares and 4 of the 3" print squares.




Make 2 at a time HST.  Draw a line down the center of the darker square.  Sew 1/4" on either side of the line.  Cut down the center line.  Press, with the seam allowance going toward the darker fabric. (For a more in depth tutorial on how to make 2 at a time HST, go here.)




Trim each HST to 2.5" squares.




Lay the HST as shown below. 



Sew them together to make 4 units that each have two HST.




Gather 4 print triangles and 4 white triangles.  Lay them out as shown below.




Sew them together as shown.




Gather the 2- 2.5" background squares and the 2- 2.5" print squares and make a 4 patch, shown below.



Sew a white square to a yellow square and press toward the yellow.  Repeat for the other set.






You have made all the block components now.




Lay the block out as shown.




Here are the pressing directions now that you have the block laid out.




Sew the two HST units to the left and the right of the 4 patch.  Then, sew the triangles to the left and right of the top and bottom HST unit.



Here are the pressing directions for this step.


Sew the top and bottom to the center.



Then, sew the triangle units to each of the corners.  Trim the block to measure 9".



Here are the pressing directions for the last step.



You can print the PDF for this pattern HERE.

Let me know what you think of this pattern!!  Tag your blocks/quilts on Instagram #lemondropquilt #jessicadayonpatterns and tag me so I can see your versions @jessicadayon

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the free quilt block pattern. It is so cute! I could see where adding another color could make the block look entirely different, too.

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