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Ribbon Quilt      
These directions are for a 6 inch block (finished in a quilt). At the bottom of the page is a list of different sizes.

For one Ribbon Quilt block you will need:
       From your red, cut two 2 7/8 inch squares
       From your darker blue, cut two 2 7/8 inch squares
       From your background (light blue), cut two 2 7/8 inch squares
       From your star (white), cut two 2 7/8 inch squares and one 2 1/2 inch square for your center square.

Let's make the red and white triangle squares first. Carefully draw a line corner to corner, (diagonally) through the white 2 7/8 inch squares. This will be a cutting line when you are finished. Place red and white 2 7/8 inch square right sides together. If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of the drawn line.

If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. They will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing lines, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on the drawn cutting line. Clip off the corners as shown.

You will now have two triangle squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/2 inches.


For this block you need two each of red/white, red/background, blue/white and blue/background triangle squares.


Sew two rows like this, paying close attention to the direction your triangle squares are going.


Make one row like this, again, pay attention to the way your triangle squares are going.


And finally, put your block together. It should measure 6 1/2 inches.
       

        To make this quilt you need 16 Ribbon Quilt blocks.
Fabric: 1/2 yard of red, white and both blues and 3/4 yard of the white.
Plus border(s), backing and binding.

From your red, cut thirty-two 2 7/8 inch squares
From your darker blue, cut thirty-two 2 7/8 inch squares
From your background (light blue), cut thirty-two 2 7/8 inch squares
From your star (white), cut thirty-two 2 7/8 inch squares and sixteen 2 1/2 inch squares.

You can find directions to another Ribbon Quilt here.


Here are the cuts needed to make Ribbon Quilt blocks in many different sizes (smaller & larger):
      Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 3 inches.
      Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 6 inches.
      Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 9 inches.
      Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 12 inches.
      Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 15 inches.
      Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 18 inches.
Finished means after the block is sewn into a quilt.

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Updated June 27, 2014

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