Clown Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Clown quilt block

Clown quilt block

The clown quilt block portrays the pink and white type of design that I remember clowns wearing in my childhood.  These days they seem to wear bright jacket and trousers outfits, but this quilt block brought back some happy memories for me.

This block is classified as a five patch block and I have made it here as a 20″ square.

Cutting requirements for the clown quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  fourteen white

5.1/4″ squares:  six white, six pink




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 5.1/4″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a pink and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 4.7.8″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the pink and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangles

Make quarter square triangles

Make these into quarter square triangles

Now take two of the half square triangles and place them right sides together.  Make sure that the seam is running in the same direction in both these squares, and that the pink triangle is top left on the bottom square but the white triangle is top left on the top square.

Mark a line along the diagonal running from top right to bottom left.  This runs across the first seam line, not in line with it.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two quarter square triangle units which are now 4.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances and trim the two tips where fabric sticks out.

Clown quilt block layout

Clown quilt block layout

Make the clown quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in five rows of five.  Rows one and five are made with three quarter square triangle units and two white squares alternating across the row.  The egg timer shape lies vertically in the middle square but horizontally in the squares at each end of the row.

Rows two and four contain three squares and two quarter square triangles alternating across the row.  All the egg timer shapes lie vertically in these two rows.

Finally in row three, the middle row, there are four white squares with just the one quarter square triangle in the middle of the row.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the clown quilt block.

Basic clown quilt image

Basic clown quilt image

For the basic quilt suggestion, I have shown sixteen blocks laid out in four rows of four.  Quite an interesting quilt and there is definitely plenty of open space for some decorative quilting.

Quilt with some blocks rotated

Quilt with some blocks rotated

As an alternate quilt idea, I tried rotating some of the blocks.  This gives a very different quilt, and I can even see some pinwheels forming in four places within the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Bright Jewel Quilt – Free Pattern

Bright jewel quilt

Bright jewel quilt

I’ve made the Bright Jewel quilt using my variation on the quilt block of that name, together with an alternative block using more red to create that red diamond frame around the middle.

The quilt measures 49″ square and I have used 1 yard of red, 3/4 yard each of light blue and white, 1/2 yard of medium blue (turquoise actually) and 1/4 yard of dark blue fabric.  I have used nine blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.

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Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the bright jewel quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two white, seventeen red

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each in turquoise and white, eighteen each in red and dark blue

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six light blue

For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.

Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Make the four patch units

Make the four patch units

Make the four patch units

There are four 4-patch units in each block.  Place a red/dark blue half square triangle diagonally opposite a white square.  Add two turquoise/white half square triangles diagonally opposite each other.

Note that the red triangle is on the outside of the four patch unit and the two turquoise triangles are also on the outside.  The white square with two white triangles forms a rosebud shape.   Make twenty of these for the bright jewel quilt block and eight more for the alternate block.

Bright jewel quilt block layout

Bright jewel quilt block layout

Make the bright jewel quilt block

Place a four patch unit in each corner of the block.  Rotate them so that the red triangle is always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Lay a light blue rectangle between each pair of four patch units with a red square in the middle of the block.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the squares together within each four patch unit first.  Then sew the pieces together across each of the three rows.  Finally sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

The block is now 15.1/2″ square and you need to make five.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Make the alternate block

The alternate block is almost the same as the first block.  I have made one change only and that is to exchange two of the white squares for red squares.

Basically two of the four patch units are the same as for the bright jewel block and two of them have a red square instead of a white square.

Sew the squares together in the same way as above.  The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  In row one place a bright jewel block at each end with an alternate block in the middle.

Place the alternate block so that the extra red squares are towards the bottom of the block.

Row two

Row two

In row two the alternate blocks are at each end with a jewel block in the middle.

Notice that the extra red squares are towards the right of the first block and towards the left of the third block.

Row three

Row three

For row three the blocks are placed so that there’s an alternate block in the middle with a jewel block on either side of it.  This time the extra red squares are towards the top of the block.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of red for the border.  I did this so that the border would blend into the red triangles around the edges.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the bright jewel quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Revolution square, Havana

Revolution square, Havana

As you may know, I went on my travels again last week.  My daughter and I went to Cuba.  We stayed a few days in Havana and a few days on Varadero by the beach.  We had the most wonderful time.  Havana was absolutely fascinating.  Samantha has an app on her phone that could tell her how far she walked.  Apparently on the first day we walked over 14 km.  No wonder we felt exhausted.

Havana Cathedral

Havana Cathedral

The Cathedral was truly beautiful and I found several quilt ideas in there – the stained glass windows were very unusual.

In Varadero the sea was so warm that it was a real pleasure to go swimming and snorkelling every day – such a change from the rather chilly waters around the UK!

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