Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial

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The Hope of Hartford quilt block is a square in a square star block where the quarter square triangle units are sewn in a log cabin like fashion.

Double Friendship Star Quilt BlockHope of Hartford star quilt block

The Hope of Hartford star appeared in the Farm Journal in 1945. The quarter square triangle units are attached, initially with a partial seam, clockwise to a center square as you would stitch a log cabin quilt block.

Let's get started...

The Hope of Hartford star quilt block is made up of

  1. two squares (Fabric A) cut on the diagonal to make the four half square triangles (HSTs) that form the primary star
  2. four background rectangles (Fabric B) in each corner
  3. four quarter square triangles (QSTs) made from the background (Fabric B) and another fabric (Fabric C) make the secondary star
  4. one small center square (Fabric D)

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Cutting and Trimming Chart

In this tutorial the fabrics are designated as follows:

  • Fabric A = light blue print
  • Fabric B = background (med blue variegated)
  • Fabric C = medium blue print
  • Fabric D = dark blue print

The HSTs and QSTs squares are cut oversized and trimmed to size.

10 Inch Finished Size Block (10 1/2 unfinished size)

  • Fabric A: Cut 2 (5 1/2 inch) squares (HSTs)
  • Fabric B: Cut 4 (2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch) rectangles (corners)
  • Fabric B: Cut 1 (5 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric C: Cut 1 (5 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric D: Cut 1 (2 1/2 inch) square (center)

Note: Stitch the HST and QST units together to make the star points, then to 4 1/2 inches by centering on the 2 1/4 inch measurement line of the quilting ruler.

12 Inch Finished Size Block (12 1/2 unfinished size)

  • Fabric A: Cut 2 (6 1/2 inch) squares (HSTs)
  • Fabric B: Cut 4 (2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch) rectangles (corners)
  • Fabric B: Cut 1 (6 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric C: Cut 1 (6 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric D: Cut 1 (2 1/2 inch) square (center)

Note: Stitch the HST and QST units together to make the star points, then to 5 1/2 inches by centering on the 2 3/4 inch measurement line of the quilting ruler.

15 Inch Finished Size Block (15 1/2 unfinished size)

  • Fabric A: Cut 2 (7 1/2 inch) squares (HSTs)
  • Fabric B: Cut 4 (3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch) rectangles (corners)
  • Fabric B: Cut 1 (7 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric C: Cut 1 (7 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric D: Cut 1 (3 1/2 inch) square (center)

Note: Stitch the HST and QST units together to make the star points, then to 6 1/2 inches by centering on the 3 1/4 inch measurement line of the quilting ruler.

20 Inch Finished Size Block (20 1/2 unfinished size)

  • Fabric A: Cut 2 (9 1/2 inch) squares (HSTs)
  • Fabric B: Cut 4 (4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch) rectangles (corners)
  • Fabric B: Cut 1 (9 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric C: Cut 1 (9 1/2 inch) square (QSTs)
  • Fabric D: Cut 1 (4 1/2 inch) square (center)

Note: Stitch the HST and QST units together to make the star points, then trim to 8 1/2 inches by centering on the 4 1/4 inch measurement line of the quilting ruler.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Instructions

WOF = Width Of Fabric
Seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

Step 1 Spray and press the squares with a starch alternative pressing solution.

Place Fabric C QST square right side up and place Fabric B QST square right side down on top of it, aligning all of the edges.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Tutorial Step 1: Place QST squares right sides together, background square on top.

Step 2 Use a rotary cutter to make a cut from corner to corner along both diagonal axes, resulting in four quarter square triangle pairs.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 2: Use a rotary cutter to make a cut from corner to corner along both diagonal axes.

For step-by-step pictures of how you get from Step 1 to Step 2, see how to make quarter square triangle units.

Step 3 Rotate the QST pairs so that the outside side is oriented at the 6 o'clock position with fabric B still be on top. Stitch along the left-hand side of the QST pairs.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 3: 
Rotate the pairs so that the outside side is oriented at the 6 o'clock position with fabric B still be on top. Stitch along the left-hand side of the QST pairs.

Fold Fabric B back to open the QST with right side of fabrics up, revealing two QSTs that form a half square triangle.

Orient the unit so that the background Fabric B forms the top edge of a square and Fabric C forms the left side of a square. The diagonal axis should lean to the right.

Press the seams toward the background Fabric B.

Step 4 Place both Fabric A HST squares, right sides up, on top of one another. Cut them in half along the left leaning (\) diagonal axis, yielding four HSTs. Press them in half along the diagonal edge.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 4: 
Place both Fabric A HST squares, right sides up, on top of one another. Cut in half along left leaning (\) diagonal axis. Press in half along diagonal edge.

Step 5 Using the fold as a guide, center a QST unit over each HST. Stitch a seam along the diagonal length.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 5: 
Using the fold as a guide, center a QST unit over each HST. Stitch a seam along the diagonal length.

Step 6 Peel the QST unit back and right side up to reveal the Hope of Hartford quilt block star points. Trim the units to size according to the cutting and trimming chart near the top of the page.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 6: 
Peel the QST unit back and right side up to reveal the star points. Trim to size according to the cutting and trimming chart near the top of the page.

Step 7 Layout the block units as shown in the photo below. Pay particular attention to the orientation of the star point units (HST/QST units).

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 7: 
Layout the block units as shown in the photo below. Pay particular attention to the orientation of the star point units (HST/QST units).

Step 8 Refer to the photo in Step 7: Stitch A to B; C to D; E to F; G to H. Press the seams toward background Fabric B.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 8: 
Refer to the photo in Step 7: stitch A to B; C to D; H to G; F to E. Press the seams toward background Fabric B.

Stitch the Partial Seam

Step 9 Right sides together, place the center square (unit I) in the lower right corner of unit A/B. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam to the middle of the center square. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 9: 
Right sides together, place center square in lower right corner of unit A/B. Stitch 1/4 inch seam to middle of center square. Back stitch at beginning and end.

Here's how unit A/B/I looks after the partial seam is sewn. You can see how unit C/D is the same length as units A/B/I.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block: picture of how unit A/B/I looks after the partial seam is sewn.

Moving in a clockwise direction stitch the rectangular units to the center square of the Hope of Hartford quilt block.

Step 10 Stitch unit C/D to unit A/B/I. Press the seam toward the center square.

You can see how unit E/F is the same length as unit C/D/I.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 10: 
Stitch unit C/D to unit A/B/I.

Step 11 Stitch unit E/F to unit C/D/I. Press the seam toward the center square.

You can see how unit G/H is the same length as unit E/F/I.

Step 12 Stitch unit G/H to unit E/F/I.  Press the seam toward the center square.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 12: 
Stitch unit G/H to unit E/F/I.

Now let's finish sewing the partial seam.

Step 13 Align the top edge of unit G/H with the bottom edge of unit A/B. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. Overlap the seam a few stitches into the original partial seam and back stitch.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 13: 
align the top edge of unit G/H with the bottom edge of unit A/B. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. Overlap the seam a few stitches into the original partial seam.

Step 14 Fold the bottom portion of the block right side up to reveal a complete Hope of Hartford quilt block!  Press the seam toward the center square.

Hope of Hartford Quilt Block Step 14: 
Fold the bottom portion of the block right side up to reveal a complete Hope of
Hartford quilt block!  Press the seam toward the center square.

You're done making the Hope of Hartford quilt block!

Hope of Hartford Star Quilt Layout

Here's what an 88 x 90 inch queen size Hope of Hartford quilt block would look like in a column setting with 3-inch sashing strips, 8-inch alternating columns, and 5-inch top and bottom borders.

Picture of a queen size Hope of Hartford quilt pattern layout using the Hope of Hartford star quilt block.

It uses the Hope of Hartford quilt block pattern in 12-inch finished size blocks (12 1/2 unfinished size) and alternate 8-inch plain columns.

Use it as a guide to make your own Hope of Hartford star quilt.

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