Summer Sampler Series : Lucky Pieces

Lucky Pieces is the eighth quilt block we are going to make for the Summer Sampler Series. It can be found in Chapter 22 – Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars on Page 455, Block 3752b of Barbara Brackman’s The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It was in the early 1800’s when the Eight-Pointed quilt block pattern appeared. Brackman’s book contains 140 Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars patterns, signifying the abundance and historical popularity of this variety of quilt blocks.

The Lucky Pieces quilt block was first seen in the The Nancy Page Quilt Club, a syndicated column written by Florence LaGanke Harris which appeared in mail order magazines in the 1920’s to the 1930’s. While I was researching Nancy Page, I discovered that by the end of the 1920’s, quilters were looking for more modern patterns and designs. Sound familiar? I love that so many aspects of the “modern quilting movement” today really trace back generations.

The Lucky Pieces quilt block can look different depending on how you lay out your colors. This tutorial uses all half square triangles and the cutting directions below are based on my color layout in the graphic at the top of the blog post. I know we have thrown some challenging blocks at you over the last week, so sit back, relax, and get ready for an easy one! 🙂

Lucky Pieces Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece Fabric Color
Center Pinwheel Cut 2 4” x 4” White
Center Large Star Cut 4 4” x 4” Purple
Corners 1 Cut 2 4” x 4” Dark Turquoise
Corners 2 Cut 2 4” x 4” Pink
Background Cut 6 4” x 4” Light Turquoise

Take all of your squares and cut them diagonally into half square triangles.

Step 2. Lay out your HSTs into the design of the quilt block as shown below.

Step 3. Sew each set of HSTs into squares. Trim your squares to 3.5″. Lay out your resulting squares into the design of the quilt block again.

Step 4. Sew your squares together. You’re done!



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    Carol T

    July 27, 2011

    I am loving all your blocks. I think I will finally start this quilt along with my DS Joann fabrics

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    July 27, 2011

    I looked so complicated until I saw how it was put together! thanks for the tutorial. Loving this quilt.

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    July 27, 2011

    This is the one and only quilt-along that I have kept up to date with. Thanks for all the great instructions and photos. I look forward to these posts every Mon, Wed, and Fri!

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      July 27, 2011

      Thank you so much Shelley!

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    July 27, 2011

    This one so cute! I can’t wait to get it going!!

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    July 27, 2011

    Yayy, this one looks easy. And snazzy! These blocks are like building jigsaw puzzles with fabric!

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    July 27, 2011

    Gorgeous choice of colours – solids can be so exciting!

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    July 27, 2011

    yay! a simple one…

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    July 27, 2011

    I find this very nice sampler, I will try to achieve it after my return from holiday in August
    Go on, I love your creations

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    July 27, 2011

    This one is so pretty! I am 2 blocks behind and need to get caught up for sure!

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    Dora, the quilter

    July 27, 2011

    Looks like you intended the background rectangle to be cut 6 X 4 rather than 4 X 4, but I’m not sure.

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      July 27, 2011

      Hi Dora! No, cut everything 4″x4″. We are making 16, 3.5″ HST squares. This is the simplest way to allow everyone to use different colors in each block if they choose (so it doesn’t have to look just like mine). If you’d like to make that larger triangle one piece, you can definitely do that. But I didn’t provide the math/cutting directions for that as I wanted to leave the color/pattern placement open for everyone.

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    July 27, 2011

    Ohhhhhhhhh so glad this is easy…I have been running around the city here all day…am late getting to it…lol. thanks Faith

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    July 27, 2011

    Do you recommend trimming the dog ears off before trimming to 3.5″ squares? I find it hard to measure with the dog ears on. Loving the QAL!

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    July 28, 2011

    Love this block. It looks really simple, but when I put it on my design wall, it pops out. Thanks.

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    July 28, 2011

    SO happy for an easy one 😉 I guess I’ll work on the hard one after cheer camp so I’m not behind again.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    July 29, 2011

    Goodness, this block came together so easily. Nice to take a break from the challenges =)

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    August 5, 2011

    Thank’s even if I made a mistake and have to to it all again, I’ll envoyed making this one!

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    July 16, 2013

    Thanks for putting this series together. I stumbled upon it while trying to figure out what to do with some fabric that I bought. It’s been very easy to follow. I hope you might look at my progress on Flickr. Thank you again.

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    December 14, 2016

    Looked difficult but reading thru it was simple. Colours beautiful.



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