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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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!