Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 2

Thanks for all of your interest in our new quilt along!

Building Foundations Sampler QAL button

One question came up about how much background fabric we recommend. You are probably going to want at least 5 yards; see the bottom of this post for a more detailed answer.

Our latest block is a block known by many names; “Box Quilt Pattern”, Ladies Art Company 1897, “Box Car Patch”, Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, 1934, and “Contrary Husband”, Kansas City Star, Nov 1938. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

Cut 1 – 3 ½” square for the center.

Cut 8 – 3 ⅞” squares from a print and a background fabric, or like Doris’ uses four different fabrics and a background to make 8 half square triangles.

Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.

Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line (diagram 2). Cut apart on the drawn line (diagram 3) and press to the darker fabric (diagram 4).


Layout the half square triangles and center square as shown. Sew the rows together pressing row 1 and 3 to the right, and row 2 to the left. This will make your seams lock together when sewing rows together.

Here are the finished blocks we made:

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

4 thoughts on “Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 2

  1. I am nowheres near my machine and won’t be for a week, so I will have to work hard to catch up…..Love it so far. Both are so different…..really like both but the white background is calling out to me………….will be following and then joining in. Hugs, Doreen

    • Thank you, Doreen! The first several we chose are fairly simple, so catching up should not be an issue. We appreciate you following!

      • Why, thank you so much!! I have wanted to do this since I first spotted your blog a while back. These itchy fingers are made for quilting!!! (just as “these boots are made for walking”……sorry, showing my age!!!! LOL!). Hugs……..

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