I made the ribbon square quilt pattern using some of the Renaissance fabric range. That was sort of a mistake – the fabrics look absolutely great in the quilt, but in the photos they are not sufficiently different for you to see the design clearly. When I had finished the quilt top, I decided to try and increase the contrast by quilting the light areas quite densely with a light coloured quilting thread. That’s why for once you can see the quilt quilted, layered and bound. It worked to an extent, but just to be safe I have included computer images of the quilt so that you can see the design clearly.
The ribbon square quilt measures 28″ square and I have used 1 yard of white fabric and 3/4 yard of red.
For this week’s special offer, instead of offering the fabrics for this quilt I am offering 1/2 yard each of four delightful Christmas fabrics from Quilting Treasures. These are all at 10% discount and you can see them on this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the ribbon square quilt
2.7/8″ squares: twenty four red, twenty four white
2.1/2″ squares: sixteen red
4.7/8″ squares: six red, six white
4.1/2″ squares: four white
3.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ rectangles: eight white
2.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ rectangles: four red
Making the half square triangles
Use the 2.7/8″ and the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a red 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 to produce two triangles, each with a seam along the base. These will open up to make half square triangles.
Press the seam allowance towards the red and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Making the star corner blocks
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There’s a red 2.1/2″ square in each corner and the rest of the patches are half square triangles. They are placed so that the red forms a diamond in the middle of the block. Along the edges, the red triangles are placed together so that they form larger red triangles pointing towards the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Make four of these corner blocks.
Making the striped blocks for the ribbon square quilt
This bit is easy: sew together a white rectangle, red and then white again.
Note that the white rectangles are wider than the red ones. You will need four of these blocks.
Making the central star block
For the central area of the ribbon star quilt you will need the larger squares and half square triangles. Once again I am using the computer image because it’s so much clearer than my photo.
Make four of the units shown on the left. For each one you will need one 4.1/2″ white square and three of the half square triangles made from 4.7/8″ squares. Sew these together in two pairs, rotating them so that the white square is always in the middle. Sew the two pairs to each other. This will give you one large white square in the middle of the star.
As you can see, the central star has a white square in the middle while the corner stars have red diamonds in the middle.
Alternatively, you can lay the squares out in four rows of four as shown on the left. This was the way that I made it, but I didn’t think that the layout was very clear in the photo.
Assembling the ribbon square quilt
The top row of the quilt is made with a corner star block at each end and a striped block horizontally across the middle. The third row at the bottom is exactly the same.
The middle row is made with the large star block in the middle and a striped block placed vertically on each side.
Sew the blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other. That completes the ribbon square quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
The way that I quilted it was aimed primarily at trying to lighten the white fabric to increase the contrast.
Using a white quilting thread, I quilted lots of small circles across the light fabric only and left the red fabric unquilted. It took me forever to do it and you may prefer just to stitch in the ditch for your quilting.
I spent several days this week confirming to myself that I am totally stupid when it comes to sorting out anything to do with the computer. I hope that I have solved the problem with the website now – you should no longer have problems leaving a comment, or find that you can’t visit the site whenever you want to. On my screen the ‘leave a comment’ button is now at the top of the page but I’ve been told that it is in the usual place at the bottom of page for some of you. I have absolutely no idea why that should be!
I gave my jigsaw puzzle quilt away to be auctioned for a charity for autistic children and I thought that I would do something similar with this week’s ribbon square quilt. If you have a favourite charity that you feel could use the quilt – perhaps they have a stall at a Christmas Fair and could sell it – please leave a comment telling us all something about your charity. I will choose one at random and send you the quilt to give to the charity.
Here’s the video: