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How to Make Handy Andy Quilt Blocks
Handy Andy is a quilt block pattern that explains how to make a large version of this traditional patchwork design. The quilt block is assembled with a combination of plain squares and quick-pieced patchwork units.
Rotary cutting techniques help you sew Handy Andy quickly and accurately.
Finished quilt block size: 20" x 20"
I've used the quilt block on the left to color-code the cutting instructions but choose any color theme that suits your needs. I also split the cutting for red half-square triangle units and quarter-square triangle units to make it easier to choose two different fabrics from your scraps.
Handy Andy Quilt Block Cutting Chart
Light print background fabric: 1/2 yard
- (8) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares
- (6) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
- (2) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" squares
Red for half-square triangles, a strip that's about 5" x 11"
- Cut (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
Blue for half-square triangles, a strip that's about 5" x 21"
- Cut (4) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
Red for center square and quarter-square triangles,: a strip that's about. 5-1/2" x 15"
- Cut (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square
- Cut (2) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" squares
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Assemble the Handy Andy Quilt Block
Use Quick-Piecing to Sew Patchwork
Quick piecing methods make it easy to sew half-square triangle units and quarter-square triangle units. Refer to both methods linked below if you haven't used the techniques.
Sew Background/Red Half-Square Triangle Units
Using the half-square triangle quick-piecing instructions linked above, sandwich a 4-7/8" background square with a 4-7/8" red square to make two half square triangle units. Each should measure 4-1/2" square when complete.
Repeat to combine another background square with a red square of the same size.
Sew Background/Blue Half-Square Triangle Units
Use the same method to construct eight half-square triangle units from the 4-7/8" blue squares and the background squares of the same size.
Make Quarter-Square Triangle Units
Sew half square triangle units by combining the 5-1/4" background and red squares.
Refer to the quarter square triangle unit instructions to turn the half-square units into four quarter-square triangle units.
Each completed unit should measure 4-1/2" square.
Assemble the Quilt Block
Arrange the block components into groups as shown in the lower left of the illustration.
Sew the top components (4-piece corner clusters and a narrow vertical) together. Sew the bottom components together.
Sew all rows together to complete the quilt block.
Press. The Handy Andy quilt block should measure 20-1/2" x 20-1/2".