Handy Andy Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make Handy Andy Quilt Blocks

    Handy Andy Quilt Block Pattern
    Handy Andy Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    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

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    Assemble the 20" x 20" Handy Andy Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    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

    1. 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.

    2. Repeat to combine another background square with a red square of the same size.

    Sew Background/Blue Half-Square Triangle Units

    1. 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

    1. Sew half square triangle units by combining the 5-1/4" background and red squares.

    2. Refer to the quarter square triangle unit instructions to turn the half-square units into four quarter-square triangle units.

    3. Each completed unit should measure 4-1/2" square.

    Assemble the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange the block components into groups as shown in the lower left of the illustration.

    2. Use a quarter inch seam allowance to sew each grouping of units together. Press seam allowances towards rows with plain squares when possible.

    3. Sew the top components (4-piece corner clusters and a narrow vertical) together. Sew the bottom components together.

    4. Sew all rows together to complete the quilt block.

    5. Press. The Handy Andy quilt block should measure 20-1/2" x 20-1/2".