Purple and gold together look very regal, don’t they? I think they are fitting for this quilt block with the lovely name of Queen Charlotte’s Crown. It’s classified as a five patch block and comes to us from Nancy Cabot, a newspaper columnist in the 1930’s. Queen Charlotte was the wife of King George III and was born in 1744. (King George was the one who suffered from insanity). They had an astonishing fifteen children!
I have made it here as a 10″ quilt block
Cutting requirements for Queen Charlotte’s Crown
2.1/2″ squares: two white, two yellow, one purple
2.7/8″ squares: four each yellow and white, two each yellow and purple
4.7/8″ squares: one each white and purple
Making Queen Charlotte’s Crown quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ and 4.7/8″ squares 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 give you two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out as shown for Queen Charlotte’s crown. There’s a white 2.1/2″ square in two diagonally opposite corners and a purple/white 4.1/2″ half square triangle in the other two corners. The purple 2.1/2″ square is in the middle of the block and the two yellow 2.1/2″ squares are placed to complete the diagonal from one white square to the other. Everywhere else is filled with yellow/white half square triangles – you’ll have to check the photo to see which way to place them.
This quilt block cannot be sewn together in rows quite the same as usual. Sew together the first three squares in rows one and two. The middle row can be sewn together all the way across. Sew together the last three squares in rows four and five.
Sew the parts of rows one and two together and the parts of rows four and five together. The patchwork squares are now more or less in three rows so you can sew the purple/white half square triangles to the part rows beside them and then sew all the rows to each other to complete Queen Charlotte’s Crown quilt block.
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