Connector Corners and a Free Quilt Pattern Peppermint Twirl

Back in the early 80’s a little lady wrote a book “It’s ok to sit on my quilt” her name was Mary Ellen Hopkins. This book was ground breaking. She introduced the connector corner to the quilting world.

So what is a Connector Corner

You simply place a square of a different colour or value on the corner of a rectangle or another square and stitch diagonally down it and cut off the residual leaving a 1/4” seam allowance press the triangle open to make up the original rectangle or square.

connector corners

The free pattern attached is based on the Eccentric Star Block, traditionally this is completed with Half Square Triangles and of course you can still use them but I wanted to make this block using striped fabric as the blades and I wanted the blades to be pieced as a whole so that the stripes all matched. To get them all going the right way without to much fuss I decided to make a rectangle block to start with instead of two squares.

EQ Quilt Diagram

The piecing is a little tricky to begin with but once you know the tricks it goes together beautifully.

Peppermint Twirl

Here are a couple of versions of the block with none directional fabric. The free pattern below uses stripes which work perfectly with this piecing method. Use a feature fabric for the centre square, you could even make it an I spy quilt for a child if you used different motives in the centre square and use stripes for the blade. The possibilities are endless, the quilt is made of 12” blocks which makes it really quick to make up, but I have always wanted to do a 6” version.

eccentric1 Eccentric star block

Peppermint Twirl Quilt Pattern

Amanda Bergamin

About Amanda Bergamin

Amanda has been quilting for 20 years and sewing most of her life having learnt from her mum and nana. She started Seabreeze Quilts about 5 years ago designing patterns for her etsy shop. Her favourite technique is needle turn applique, but she also uses machine applique, machine quilting (she quilts all her own quilts usually by machine) and machine piecing. No matter how long Amanda has been quilting she know the value of classes and learning from others. As well as teaching beginners classes, Amanda always makes sure to take at least one or two classes a year, as there hasn’t been a class she has attended where she has not learnt something new from the teacher or other students. Over the last two years she has run a free BOM on her blog Patterns for the month are available for free then up for sale in her etsy shop for a small price so you can catch up if you want to join in.


  1. Stripes are fun, but you are right, they are tricky to match when you make half-square triangles out of them. So I like this idea of starting with a rectangle. And the little triangles that you cut off can be made into half-square triangles to use in something else – fun!

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