For a 12 inch finished Anvil block you will need:
From a dark purple cut two 3 1/2 inch squares
From a dark red cut one 6 7/8 inch square.
From a medium purple cut two 3 7/8 inch squares
From one light red cut one 6 7/8 inch square
From a light purple cut two 3 1/2 inch squares and two 3 7/8 inch squares
Note that there are two different lights, just slightly different in color. This may not even show on your browser, but believe me, using two different lights adds a different design element to the finished quilt. You may be able to see this more clearly in the second quilt below, the one in autumn colors.
Check your measurements very carefully. Each block should measure 12 1/2 inches when it is finished. Accuracy from beginning to end will assure that your blocks come out perfectly. Measure carefully, sew carefully, and you will have a perfect block.
We'll start off with the smaller diagonal half squares. First, mark the two 3 7/8 inch light purple squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place your medium 3 7/8 inch square, right sides together, with the 3 7/8 inch light purple square. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 3 1/2 inches. Repeat with the second 3 7/8 inch squares.
Following the same directions above, make your larger diagonal half squares using the 6 7/8 inch squares. This will give you two 6 1/2 inch squares.
Next make two four patch units following the diagram below:
|Assemble your block following this diagram.
Your completed Anvil block should measure 12 1/2 inches.
|The quilt on the left is made showing the block assembled with the diagrams. |
The quilt on the right was made showing the second block and an another block with just two color changes.
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Updated October 28, 2022