Ornament Quilt – Free Pattern

Ornament quilt

Ornament quilt

The idea for the Ornament quilt came from one of Owen Jones designs – but it looks very different now from the original design.  I have designed two different quilt blocks and alternated them across the rows.

The blocks are both very simple, with hardly any half square triangles to make.

The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.  I needed 1.3/4 yards of white with 1.1/2 yards each of red and blue fabrics.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the ornament quilt

4.3/4″ squares:  eight blue

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen red, eight each in blue and white

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen blue

6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  sixteen blue

9.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  sixteen blue

9,1.2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two white

5″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen white, sixteen blue

9.1/2″ by 5″ rectangles:  sixteen red

3.1/2″ by 8″ rectangles:  sixteen blue, sixteen white

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

First block layout

First block layout

Make the first block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows as shown.  Place a red 5.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangle in the top and bottom rows, with a 3.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ blue or white rectangle on either side.  In the top row the white is on the left while in the bottom row the white is on the right.

Make the two middle rows with 3.1/2″ by 8″ blue and white rectangles side by side.  In the second row place the white on the left but in the third row place the white on the right.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the block.  It now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of these.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

You just need two half square triangles for each of the second blocks.

Place a 3.7/8″ blue and white square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Sew a triangle to each edge of the square

Sew a triangle to each edge of the square

Make the diamond in a square

The central area of this block is a diamond in a square.  Cut the 3.7/8″ red squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square.  Place one triangle on each edge of the blue 4.3/4″ square.

Sew the top and bottom triangles to the square and then press them open with the seam allowances towards the red triangle.

Sew the triangles on 2 at a time

Sew the triangles on 2 at a time

Now you can sew the triangles to the sides of the blue square.  Press these open and you will have a blue diamond in a red square.

Note the triangle tips sticking out in the middle of each edge – trim these to reduce bulk in the seams.

Central area of second block

Central area of second block

Make the second block

Place the diamond in a square in the middle of the second block.  Sew a 2″ by 6.1/2″ blue rectangle to the top and bottom and sew 2″ by 9.1/2″ blue rectangle to either side.

Second block layout

Second block layout

For the next frame, sew a 3.1/2″ by 8″ white rectangle to the top and bottom of the block.  Make a column on the left with a 3.1/2″ blue square, another 3.1/2″ by 8″ white rectangle and a blue/white half square triangle at the bottom of the column.

On the right hand side, make a similar column but with the triangle at the top and the square at the bottom of the column.

Sew the three columns to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 15.1/2″ squares and you need to make eight of these.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Assemble the ornament quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four, alternating them across each row.

In rows one and three, begin with a diamond in a square block and then alternate across the rows.  Note that the diamond in a square blocks are placed with a blue square on top left of the block, while the stripey blocks are placed with the red rectangles vertical.

Rows 2 and 4

Rows 2 and 4

For rows two and four begin with a stripey block and then alternate the blocks across the rows.

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

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Ornament quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the ornament 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:

Nantes mechanical elephant

Nantes mechanical elephant

Last weekend I visited Nantes in France for their quilt show.  What a wonderful weekend that was!  I have written about both the quilt show and the amazing mechanical elephant in a separate article.  You can read all about them here.

I’ve also included a short video of the elephant in action – he’s so realistic that he even blinks his eyes!

Nantes Quilt Show 2017 – Quilts and Elephants

Nantes quilt show 2017

Nantes quilt show 2017

The Nantes quilt show 2017 was just as delightful as the previous one that I visited in 2015.  It’s called Pour l’Amour du Fil, meaning For the Love of Thread and it covers a wide range of needle craft.  All the quilts and the trade stalls are completely different from those at UK shows, so it’s a real treat to go there.

The centrepiece at the entrance to the show was these two elephants, dressed out in lovely rich fabrics.  Nantes is famous for its mechanical animals – more about them at the end of this article.

The quilts in the exhibition

Quilts on show

Quilts on show

The quilts on display were of course beautiful.  I love these quilts made using both patchwork and applique.  Once again I wished I had the time to do far more applique than I do now.  Ah well, when I retire ….!

Jen Jones Welsh quilt

Jen Jones Welsh quilt

The smaller displays

The Nantes quilt show 2017 was run as usual by Quiltmania.  This means that in addition to the open display of quilts there were also many small galleries showcasing the work of quilters who have had books published by Quiltmania.  I was delighted to find a whole section of vintage Welsh quilts brought over by Jen Jones from Lampeter in Wales.  It was ironic to think that it probably took me less time to fly from Birmingham to Nantes than it would have taken me to drive from Birmingham to Lampeter!

Passacaglia quilts

Passacaglia quilts

Passacaglia quilts

You may well have heard of these, but this was the first time that I had come across Passacaglia quilts.  There was a whole section devoted to them and they were beyond beautiful.  The pattern comes from the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein and it’s definitely not a quick or an easy quilt to make – I have nothing but admiration for the quilters who had made quilts for this section.

I did look for the book, but it’s not on Amazon.  There was one available on Etsy, but that was £45.

Quilted jacket

Quilted jacket

Trade Stalls at the Nantes quilt show 2017

The trade stalls were fascinating, featuring mainly French traders.  I fell in love with this jacket.  The pattern for it was on sale but when I tried the jacket on it was much too small so there wouldn’t have been any point in buying the pattern.

Apocalypse tapestry

Apocalypse tapestry

Travelling further afield

I took a train to Angers for a day trip.  I happened across a lovely chateau which was fascinating – it dated back to Neolithic times.  However the cream of the visit for me was the Apocalypse Tapestry.  This is actually a series of tapestries telling the tale of the Apocalypse according to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament.  Lots of dragons and monsters being slain.  It really is an extraordinary piece of work, about 100 metres long altogether – the oldest surviving set of tapestries of this size.  They were commisioned in 1375 (!) by Louis I.  I felt really privileged to have been able to see such a wonderful work.

And finally – the elephant

In the middle of Nantes lies a park of machines where they have some weird and wonderful mechanised animals and insects.  The most intriguing is the elephant.  He wonders around the park, carrying quite a few people, and trumpets and shoots water at the people around him.  As you can imagine, the children think it’s wonderful and scream with delight when he sprays them with water.

Here’s a short video of him:

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