I was having breakfast by myself at a chain restaurant yesterday morning. As I was taking a sip of my coffee, my eyes caught a glimpse of the pattern of the upholstery fabric of the booth seat in front of me. “Am I now seeing quilt patterns everywhere?” I asked myself. I took a quick picture of it before I left for home.
When I arrived home, I started playing with the idea of designing a quilt block based on the fabric pattern. And that brings us to “Inspired,” named after the inspiration I found in an unexpected place.
This is a simple nine-patch block constructed with half-square triangles. Much like most blocks involving half-square triangles, it is quite versatile and lends itself to various quilt designs, some of which I display below.
I am offering this as a free pattern (link at the end of the post), and I hope you’ll join me in making these blocks! It’s a great beginner project that helps you practice making half-square triangles and piecing nine-patch blocks. Follow me on Instagram @papatya.designs to see the color and fabric variations I’ll use as I make more of these blocks.
The examples below feature Moda’s Grunge Basics collection. The first one is probably the closest to the upholstery fabric, but it’s very easy to change the look of the quilt by changing the colorway and the orientation of blocks.
Download the free Inspired block pattern by clicking here.