Owen Jones Quilt – Free Pattern

Owen Jones quilt

Owen Jones quilt

The Owen Jones quilt is perhaps wrongly named because I’ve designed this quilt very very loosely on an Owen Jones pattern design.  You can see what Wikipedia says about him:

Owen Jones (15 February 1809 – 19 April 1874) was an English-born Welsh architect. A versatile architect and designer, he was also one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today.

Original Owen Jones design

Original Owen Jones design

The design that I began working from – as you can see the connection between this and the quilt is fairly loose!

Please don’t look at it and think it looks too complicated for you.  I have only used half square triangles, squares and rectangles to design the blocks.




The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used nine 16″ square (finished size) blocks. You need to use 3/4 yard each of dark blue and white with 1 yard of red and 1.1/4 yards of light blue fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Owen Jones quilt

2.7/8″ squares:  nine each in dark blue/light blue, sixty three each in light blue/white, fifty four each in dark blue/white

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six dark blue

2.1/2″ squares:  thirty six light blue

2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles:  eighteen light blue, eighteen red

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units 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 produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.

You need to make these in light blue/white, dark blue/white and light blue/dark blue.

Make the central area of the block

Layout of the central area

Layout of the central area

I have shown the layout of the central area separately before the full layout for the block.

Place four light blue squares in each corner of this area.  The light blue/dark blue half square triangles are placed at the end of the fourth row and the beginning of the fifth row.  Everywhere else there are light blue/white or dark blue/white half square triangles only.

Rather than trying to list the squares individually, I think it’s best for me to point out the larger shapes within the area which can be used to make sure that the placement is correct.

The most obvious of these are the two dark blue diamonds within white frames and the two crown shaped dark blue shapes in the middle – the left hand one pointing upwards while the right hand one points downwards.  Running down the sides of the central area, there are two larger light blue triangles formed by placing two light blue triangles side by side.

When you are happy with the placement, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Owen Jones quilt block layout

Owen Jones quilt block layout

Complete the Owen Jones quilt block

Now you can add the sides to the block.  On each side add first a red strip and then a light blue strip.  Place a 4.1/2″ dark blue rectangle above and below each pair of strips – so that’s four needed for each block.

Sew the long strips together first

Sew the long strips together first

Begin by sewing the two long strips to each other on each side.  Then you can add the dark blue rectangles above and below.

You should now have three columns.  Sew these to each other to complete the block.  You need to make nine of these.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the Owen Jones quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Some of the blocks are rotated, which is what gives the quilt its deliciously complicated look.

In rows one and three place the blocks at each end with the red strips running from top to bottom, while in the middle block the red strips run from side to side.

Row two

Row two

For row two place the blocks so that the ones at each end have the red strips running horizontally while the block in the middle has the red strips running vertically.

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

Add the border

Add the border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

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

Here’s the video:

Stitches 2017

Stitches 2017

Last week I went to a trade fair at the NEC.  It’s known as Stitches but covers knitting, papercraft and many other crafts.  There were lots and lots of fabric manufacturers there so it was a wonderful day.

This sheep really took my fancy – his body is made using something similar to puff quilting – isn’t he gorgeous!

Coxcomb Quilt Block Pattern

Coxcomb quilt block

Coxcomb quilt block

I’ve made the Coxcomb quilt block in traditional colours although I can’t help feeling that it should be made in red rather than green for realism.  It’s shown here as a 16″ square and is made entirely from half square triangle units in two different sizes.

Cutting requirements for the coxcomb quilt block

4.7/8″ squares:  six green, six white

2.7/8″ squares:  eight green, eight white

Make the half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use all the squares to make half square triangles.  Place a green 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 either 2.1/2″ or 4.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the cream triangle and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central section

Central section

Make the coxcomb quilt block

I’ve shown the central layout first for clarity.  For this you need to use the small half square triangle units, laid out in four rows of four.  The first two rows and the second two rows are exactly the same as each other.  Place the triangles so that each pair of rows makes a larger green triangle pointing inwards at each end with a green diamond in the middle.

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

Coxcomb quilt block layout

Coxcomb quilt block layout

Now add the larger half square triangles to form the outer frame.  Place two above the central section and two below it, forming larger green triangles pointing away from the middle.

Make two columns of four half square triangles for the sides of the block.  Each one of these forms two larger green triangles pointing towards the middle.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the patchwork pieces together to form three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the coxcomb quilt block.

Basic coxcomb quilt image

Basic coxcomb quilt image

Coxcomb quilt ideas

I have shown the basic quilt first, using four rows of four blocks.  I added a purple border just to provide a bit more interest.

With added purple

With added purple

Then I decided that more purple might make a better quilt design.  For this option I have two purple triangles to eight of the blocks to give that purple edge at the top and bottom.  Then I added one purple triangle to four blocks to make those two purple diamonds in the middle.

Here’s the video:

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I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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