The character of the block relies on the distribution and contrast between both the light and dark fabrics and, of course, the vibrancy of the colours you use.

Finished size:16in (40.5cm) square

Designed and made by Jemima Schlee


  • 25.5cm (10in) square yellow fabric
  • 25.5cm (10in) square orange fabric
  • 12.7 x 25.5cm (5 x 10in) pink fabric
  • 12.7 x 25.5cm (5 x 10in) dark blue fabric
  • 12.7 x 25.5cm (5 x 10in) turquoise fabric
  • 12.7 x 25.5cm (5 x 10in) green fabric


Where to buy

I have used fabrics from the Linea and Spectrum ranges from Makower UK , however, this block only uses small pieces of fabric you might find something suitable in your stash.


Before starting

Wash and press all fabrics, and read through all the instructions.

All measurements include 1/4in seam allowance


Cutting instructions

From the yellow and orange fabrics cut four 4 7/8in squares. You will have a total of eight.

2 From the pink, green, turquoise and dark blue fabrics cut two 4 7/8in squares. You will have a total of eight.


Making the block

Take a pink and dark blue square, and place them right sides together, aligning their edges. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom left- to the top right-hand corner.

Stitch a scant 1/4in to either side of the marked diagonal line. Cut along the marked line with sharp scissors.

3 You now have two units of work. Press their diagonal seams open with a hot iron and trim the ‘ears’ to create straight edges all the way around. Each unit should measure 4 1/2in square.

Repeat Steps 1 to 3, sewing the remainder of the squares in the following pairs:

Pink and dark blue x 1

Green and yellow x 2

Orange and yellow x 2

Orange and turquoise x 2


Assembling the block
1 Following the layout guide (insert directional), lay out your half-square triangles on a flat surface, making sure they are all facing the correct way.

Once you are happy with your layout, join the blocks into rows and then join the rows. Press the seams of each row in the same direction and the seams of alternate rows in the opposite direction. The seam intersections will then nest when you join the rows. Press the long seams joining the rows to one side in the same direction each time.