Figure 1: Block construction
Figure 1: Block construction

This unusual design will give you practice in preparing templates in a variety of sizes. We have provided a template for a twelve inch block.

When light and dark tones are used, the pattern is effective in only two colours. Or you can use a wider variety of light, medium and dark tones for a more scrappy look. This block can be assembled in two ways, depending on the number of fabrics that you choose.

Two colour snowflake

The block is made up of four trapezoids and eight diamonds. To draw the two templates, first decide on a finished block size which is divisible by three. For example, 6, 9 or 12in or 15, 24 or 30cm are all suitable. Draw a square to this measurement and draw the two diagonals.

On one side of the square, mark at the mid point, plus 1/3 and 2/3. Place a ruler at these two points and mark the intersections on the diagonals. These two marks and the mid point are three corners of the trapezoid (the centre is the fourth). Draw and measure in the same way onto template plastic for reusable templates.

Sew first into triangles, then combine to form the block. Make sure you match the corners at the centre of the block and the star angles.

Figure 2: Block construction of three colour variation
Figure 2: Block construction of three colour variation

Three colour snowflake

Because of the Broken Dishes triangle combination in the centre square of the snowflake, this block can be assembled by the more usual strip method. Full size templates are given for a finished 12in block. Alternatively draw your own preferred size. (To do this, draw a square, divide into thirds, mark this grid and draw the triangles, crossing the centre of the square and centre marks on the outside edge.)

Cut out the patches, remembering to flip one of the templates and to add a 1/4in seam allowance.

Sew the five squares which have triangles in them.

Assemble the squares into rows and finally sew the rows together.

When the blocks are repeated on a quilt top, there is potential to create a secondary pattern. Shown here are spinning pinwheels, but there are many other options. Any such variations will need to be taken into consideration when you cut your patches and assemble the blocks, as one or more parts of the secondary pattern will appear in each block.

Figure 3: Layout showing secondary pattern
Figure 3: Layout showing secondary pattern


  • The triangle template can be cut once only, but you must remember to flip it on half of the fabric for the correct shapes!
  • remember to add a 1/4in seam allowance when cutting out.
  • press all seams as you assemble the parts of each block.

Also known as Periwinkle, Jobs Troubles, Kite