Today I’m very excited to be sharing with you the January Quilt Block of the Month. This month we are making a very simple Turnstile Quilt Block!
This is block #5 of 12. The turnstile block is a simple combination of a Half Square Triangle and a Quarter Square Triangle.
If you’re playing along be sure to share your finished blocks on social media with the hashtag #PolkaDotChairBlocks (if you have a private IG account, hashtags won’t work for you, so share it to my Facebook instead) , I’m on Instagram as @Polkadotchair or you can also share it right to my Facebook Page (you can post a photo over there)
If you missed it be sure to check out this post offering tips and trick to picking out fabric for a quilt. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
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I hope you’re ready for the January block in our Quilt Block of the Month series here on the Polka Dot Chair! So far I’m pretty proud to say that I’m all caught up with my blocks, which is pretty good considering I’m making 4 different quilts!
About the Turnstile Quilt Block:
I think that this months block is the simplest one to date. If you ever need to quick piece a quilt I think this block would be the way to go. You only need to cut 4 pieces of fabric and there is minimal piecing involved.
A Turnstile Quilt Block is pretty much a Pinwheel Quilt Block that is set “on point”. Which basically means it’s rotated 45 degrees. This is a simple way of achieving the look of an “on point” block without doing any extra math.
Are you ready to sew?
How to Make a Turnstile Quilt Block:
Here’s what you’ll need:
9 x 9 square of fabric cut from print fabric
9 x 9 square of fabric cut from background fabric
Two 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ squares of fabric cut from background fabric
One: Create the Half Square Triangles
Begin by making two HST from the 9×9 pieces of fabric. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 9×9 background fabric. Lay it right sides facing with the 9×9 print fabric. Stitch 1/4″ off each side of the line.
Two: Stitch the HST to the Solid Fabric
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of the 8 1/2″ squares cut from your background fabric.
Layer one square on top of one of the sewn HST so that the diagonal lines are facing in opposite directions. In the above illustration, I’ve adjusted the opacity of the top fabric a bit so you can see how the squares line up on top of each other.
Stitch 1/4″ on each side of the line you drew. Cut along the line and square up the blocks to 8″ x 8″. Repeat for the other HST and background fabric.
Three: Lay the Pieces Out and Construct the Block
You will now have 4 blocks. Line up as shown in the diagram above. Stitch the squares together in the top row, then stitch the squares in the bottom row. Press seams and stitch two rows together.
Trim to 15″ x 15″. (If you stitched everything perfectly, you’ll trim 1/4″ off each side, I made four different blocks and each time only ended up trimming off about 1/8″ off each side)
A few Block Variations:
Here you can see the block I made for my Christmas quilt. I’m getting excited that this one is almost done since I’m going to stop at 9 blocks. That will give me oodles of time to get it quilted and bound before next Christmas.
My son was begrudgingly running errands with me last week and we stopped at Jo-Ann’s, let’s just say it is not his favorite store. As he was waiting for me to pick out a few things, he noticed this Star Wars fabric on the shelf and handed it to me. Turns out it’s the perfect color to work into the quilt I’m making for him.
Plus I love that it makes the quilt into a mini “i spy” of things that he likes. BTW, have I mentioned that he saw the movie 3 times already and has taken down all the “little kid” art in his bedroom and replaced it with Star Wars posters? It seems he inherited his father’s love of Star Wars after all…
Just a quick reminder: This project along with ALL of the other projects on this blog are offered to you for free. The only thing that I ask is that you do not use them for any commercial purpose. If you have a shop, this is not meant to be a program for you to use in your store. It’s meant to help build the online community of people who all LOVE quilting. Please respect that so that I can go on sharing these projects for everyone.
Okay now go forth and STITCH! I can’t wait to see your blocks!