The Arrowhead Quilt Block Made Easy

The Arrowhead Block Made Easy

Dear Readers. “The Arrowhead” Block is a somewhat enigmatic name and should not be confused with “Arrowhead” which can pertain to quite a number of other blocks.  Apparently “The Arrowhead” was first published in 1941 and pieced in a traditional  method.

Recently, I noticed that my friend Paula J Payne at Quilting Time in Dixie had posted an “Arrowhead Quilt”.  Thanks Paula!  I have seen this block before, however, as you know, quilt blocks made on point, or set on point, do require more effort.  However, It struck me that it looks much like the Disappearing Four Patch on point.  So that got me thinking about how I could construct that in an easy method.  It can also be done with layer cake squares to make it even easier.

Anyway….this is what I came up with.  Incidentally, while this is an easy method, it still complies with tradition.  There are no bias edges on the outside of the block!  This method will make 2 blocks.  All seams based on 1/4 inch.

Block size = 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.

Requirements for 2 Blocks

1 of 10″ x 10″ medium to dark square
1 of 10″ x 10″ light square


Constructing Two of The Arrowhead Blocks

Today I am sewing on the lovely machine.

Singer 201K Treadle C1947  

Put the two squares right sides together.  Draw a line across one diagonal of the light side.  Sew 1/4″ seam on each side of the line.

Cut along the line.  Open the two squares.  Finger press.  I will be finger pressing only, until the block is complete.  Press at the end.   Put the two blocks right sides together ensuring that the seams are nested and the colours are opposing.  Draw a line across the unstitched diagional.  Sew a 1/4″ seam down each side of the line.  Cut on the line.

Fingerpress open.  This will reveal two hourglass blocks.

Place a ruler along the centre diagonal seam at 1 1/4″ mark.  Rotary cut along that edge.

Do the same on the other side.  Repeat on the other block, but It must be in the opposing position.  Note how my hourglasses are placed.

Swap the triangles to the strips.  Sew the triangles to each side, pin at the centres to make sure that the centre seams line up and nest well.

Repeat this step to the other two diagionals.

Press the blocks.  Trim the blocks.

Make some more…

I’d love to know what you think of this block and the method of construction!

Have fun!


22 thoughts on “The Arrowhead Quilt Block Made Easy”

  1. well I am about half way thru I cut 42 10″ squares like a layer cake I am doing a two color quilt with this in a light teal and white so cut 42 in the white is turning out pretty, been wanting to do a two color quilt for awhile now.I did have trouble at first then finally figured it out.alot of sewing and cutting in a little block. my blocks are all coming out at 8″

  2. I have tried on several I simply cannot understand how you get the 4 corner stones in the middle?? I cannot figure out the instructions I guess I wanted to use this pattern for a two color quilt Guess I will just have to forget the corner stones.wish I could send picture

  3. I’m in West-Central Florida, USA for the winter and in West-Central Indiana, USA for the summer. Right after I’m done with this blog and my morning coffee, I’m out to my sewing room to try this block. Love the look of it and look forward to more in your blog.

  4. Hi Susie: I really love this Arrowhead block and I’m just finishing up with the actual blocks. Do you have pictures of any quilts made with this block?

  5. New comment on your post “The Arrowhead Quilt Block Made Easy”
    Author: Annie

    Susie – This is brilliant! What a fun, accurate and pleasant way to make this block! I wanted to make the blocks slightly larger, so just cut 12” squares and increased the width of the center strip cut to 1-1/2” on each side of the center seam to maintain the relationship. Worked great. These go fast, and with starch and careful pinning, yield great results. I am in awe of people like you with such great spatial sense who come up with this sort of thing. Thank you!!

  6. I have made this block before but not this way and not this simply. This seems much better and I will try this way on some Layer cakes left over from another project. It is a lovely block and your colours are so soft and complementary.

    1. You will be making two blocks at a time and interchanging the pieces. Step six is the same as step five, but on the opposite diagionals of both blocks. At step six you will see the four patches emerge in the centres.

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