How to Make a "Dandy" Quilt Block

For the month of February, my quilt guild was supposed to learn about a quilt block called the "Dandy." Sadly, we had to cancel our meeting because of a snow storm. But we will catch up next month. But snow can't stop the internet! 

Dandy Quilt Block

For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following:

White - 1 of 4 1/2 inch square, 2 of 5 inch squares, 4 of 3 inch squares, 4 of 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangles

Light Color - 4 of 3 inch squares

Dark Color - 2 of 5 inch squares

Pieces for a Dandy Quilt Block

Start by making the Half Square Triangles. 

To do this, take a light square and a dark square, and place them right sides together. Draw a line on the light square, diagonally, corner to corner.

Making HST for Dandy Block

Sew on both sides of the line, a scant 1/4 inch away from the line. Then cut on the line. Press to the dark side.


This creates two Half Square Triangles. 

Half Square Triangle for Dandy Quilt Block

Using the 3 inch white and light squares, make eight HSTs. Trim to 2 1/2 inches.

Using the 5 inch white and dark squares, make four HSTs. Trim to 4 1/2 inches. 

HST pieces for Dandy Quilt Block

Create the side blocks by sewing together two light colored HSTs and the white rectangle, as shown in the picture.

Side Block for Dandy Quilt

Small HST for Dandy Quilt Block

Layout the blocks, and sew them together and press to create the "Dandy" block.

Dandy Quilt Block

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below! 

Check back each month for a new How-To of quilt blocks! To see the other blocks, just search my blog for Quilt Guild Block of the Month.

If you would like a PDF version of these instructions, please check out Group #1 of the How-To Block of the Month Downloads.

(As I have mentioned before, these block designs come from the book 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. (c) 2003.)

Have fun quilting!

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