Old Maid’s Ramble

Size: 12″ finished

Difficulty Level: Not hard in and of itself, but only make this when you are feeling patient!

Block Type: Square

Cut (5) dark green 4 1/4″ squares

Cut (5) white 4 1/4″ squares

Cut (3) light green 4 1/4″ squares

Cut (1) dark green 7 1/4″ squares

1. Cut all squares twice on diagonal. Set aside 2 dark green small triangles and 1 light green small triangle. You will not need these.

2. Sew a small light green and dark green triangle RST along short end. Press and repeat.

3. Sew 2 pieces RST.

4. Sew white triangles RST to top and bottom.

5. Sew white triangles RST to sides.

6. Sew a white triangle RST to a small dark green square along long edge. Repeat for a total of 8 squares.

7. Sew a white triangle RST to a light green square along long edge. Repeat for a total of 8 squares.

8. Sew a dark green triangle RST to another dark green triangle along short edge. Repeat for a total of 4 half square triangles.

9. Sew 4 squares RST like top picture and 4 squares RST like bottom picture.

10. Sew a row RST (with square from step 5) like photo below.

11. Sew large dark triangles RST to sides of pieced square ( from step 9 ).

12. Sew pieced dark triangles RST to top.

13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 to create another unit.

14. Sew units from step 12 RST to step 10 unit.

15. Sew pieced dark green triangles RST to corners.

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4 thoughts on “Quilt Block of the Day: Old Maid’s Ramble

  • May 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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    Does “RST” stand for “right sides together”? Sorry, I am sort of new to quilting. :(

  • May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
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    Denise, yes! It is “right sides together” :) Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  • October 13, 2012 at 9:53 am
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    Jenny, Old Maid’s Ramble is one of the blocks found in “The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America” Carrie A. Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger published 1935.
    I am privilege to owen the first addition. This block in Mrs. Hall’s book stirred my interest. I entered the block’s name in the search engine and found your site.
    Mrs. Hall does not give any history when this block first originated.
    Thank You for what you are doing.

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