Quarter Step Quilt

Quarter Step by Betsy Vinegrad

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 67" x 88"

Rating : Intermediate

Designed By : Betsy Vinegrad

The Quarter-square Triangle block – also known as an Hourglass block – is a modern quilting favorite. We’re seeing it everywhere, from miniature quilts, to modern improv masterpieces. This quilt uses the block to its full advantage, in a multiple of sizes. The blue and green fabric shapes almost float on the white background. Designer Betsy Vinegrad left a large area of negative space, lending it to creative background quilting. Betsy says the quilt was inspired by the work of Gary Andrew Clarke, a British abstract painter.

In addition to this lovely quilt, find suggestions for what to do with the leftover blocks. Constructing Hourglass blocks using our two-at-a-time method eliminates the need to work with bias edges and as a bonus, you sometimes will have a few extra blocks to play with, as in this quilt.

Download this quilt pattern plus ten more in the September/October 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • 5 yards white
  • 1 ¼ yards green
  • 1 ¾ yards blue for blocks and binding
  • 2 ¼ yards 108” –wide fabric ( or 5 ½ yards) for backing
  • Full-size batting

Fabric requirements assume 41” of usable width of fabric

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