Quatrefoil Block – December Beehive Request

Rachel is the queen bee for December in our beehive called IG Honeybees, and she selected the Quatrefoil block.  This was a new one for us – I didn’t even recall seeing it in the list of blocks from Blossom Heart Quilts.

Rachel requested red, grass green, sunshine yellow and white for her blocks, plus she shared two sample blocks as well.  Sue pulled fabrics that fit her request and then started cutting and trimming the fabrics for me to begin sewing.

Quatrefoil Follies

My high school French gave me a clue as to the background or meaning of the name of this block as quatre means four and foil means leaves.  A bit more research gleaned the four-leaf clover aspect along with the Girl Scout cookie called Trefoil.  The design has quite a long history and has been used in many designs such as wallpaper, architecture, light fixtures, and even garbage cans.  I believe you will see this reflected in many of your surroundings once you start paying attention.

Quatrefoil layout

The design may have been new to us, but it wasn’t difficult to sew at all.  Last Saturday afternoon, we had both blocks finished with time to spare.  Here is a close up of the fabrics and colors used in each block:

Quatrefoil Completed Blocks

Finally, here are the two completed blocks that I’ll be sending to Rachel.  I hope she enjoys them and is able to get her quilt top together shortly.

Quatrefoil blocks

If you decide to make your own Quatrefoil blocks, I would surely love to see them!


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13 Responses

  1. Just the kind of happy, bright and cheerful block I needed to see on a gloomy day like this 🙂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Susan says:

    Goodness those are lovely!

  3. Love these colors! No time to start this project, maybe next year! LOL

  4. Connie says:

    Absolutely love the quatrefoils! My fave!

  5. Gretchen says:

    Very pretty blocks!

  6. These look great! I do think this is such a great block but does remind me of Girl Scouts!

  7. quiltinggail says:

    Pretty blocks! It’s a new block to me – one I’ve never done! I hope you share her quilt when it’s done … I think it will be stunning!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    These are such nice blocks. I love the way the yellow in the corners frames the blocks and sets up for a secondary design. This will be quite an interesting quilt.

  9. your Quatrefoil blocks look great! I love the colors!

  10. This made up well – plus from the first photo, I can see it lends a very different design when tilted ‘en pointe’. I’d be tempted to set it that way.
    The colors do this design justice – just enough definition without obscuring the multitudenous secondary designs!

  11. Laura says:

    What a beautiful block, and so tempting! 🙂

  12. I’d love to see her quilt when she gets it done — it’s going to be a pretty one! You did great on your blocks!

  13. Your Quatrefoil blocks look great! As you know, I’m particularly fond of this block 🙂

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