The green river quilt block is a nine patch block attributed to Nancy Page, one of those quilting columnists from the 1930’2. Although I don’t usually use much green, I have used green as the main colour here because otherwise that would make a bit of a nonsense of the name. I have made it as a 6″ square.
Cutting requirements for the green river quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: two dark blue, two light blue, five green
Alternatively, you could replace four of the green squares with two 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles
Making the green river quilt block
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. There’s a dark blue square in two diagonally opposite corners and a light blue square at each end of the middle row. As you can see, I used the option of 4.1/2″ rectangles to replace green squares. Everywhere else is green. You have to admit that this is a very simple block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the green river quilt block.
The great thing about this block is what you can do with it when you make several of them. I have only made two here, but you can see the pattern that the green is starting to form. I think that this would make a lovely quilt border, giving you that stepped design all the way round the quilt – or of course you could do the same thing within a quilt and have that stepped design running across the quilt itself.
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