When I was asked for a Chinese lantern quilt pattern, I hadn’t realised quite how many variations there are for the Chinese lantern quilt block. I have used two different designs in this quilt, both of them easy to make. I’ve used the sashing to make a small star floating in the middle. Again this is very easy to piece.
Cutting requirements for the Chinese lantern quilt
2.1/2″ squares: thirty six blue, thirty six pink, thirty three white, eight black
2.7/8″ squares: nine each in pink and white, nine each in blue and white
1/1/2″ white strips: eight at 12.1/2″, eight at 4.1/2″
2.1/2″ white strips: eight at 16.1/2″ long, four at 14.1/2″ long
1.1/2″ black strips: four at 4.1/2″ long
2.1/2″ strips cut across the width for the border: four blue and four pink
Making half square triangles
Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a white square with either a blue or a pink 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 allowance towards the blue or pink and trim the corners.
How to make the blue chinese lantern quilt block
Lay the squares out as shown. This is another block where I find it more simple to set up the outer frame first and then just infill the middle with blue squares. I have used 2.1/2″ blue squares so that you could choose to make it a multi coloured block, but if you wanted to use all one fabric, as I have done, you could always replace two squares with a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle or you could use a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle instead of three squares within a row.
There is a 12.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white strip at top and bottom and a 16.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white strip on each side.
Inside this frame, there are two 2.1/2″ black squares at top and bottom and three white squares placed around each corner. Once the outline of the lantern has been made using the half square triangles, it is simple enough to place 2.1/2″ blue squares pretty much everywhere else.
Sew the squares together across each row, sew the rows to each other and then add the white strips on the sides. You will need two of these blue chinese lantern blocks.
How to make the pink chinese lantern quilt blocks
The pink block is similar to the blue one, but with the addition of the 1.1/2″ black strips to cut the lantern into segments. These are 12.1/2″ long.
In order to keep both blocks the same size as each other, I have reduced the black at the top and bottom of the lantern to 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips. They then need 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white strips on each side of the black. Apart from that, the layout is broadly the same as for the blue chinese lanterns.
Sew the squares together across each row, sew the rows to each other and then add the side strips. You will need two of these. The colour seems to have changed in this photo and I’m not sure why – it’s actually the same pink as the photo above!
Sashing for the chinese lantern quilt
I wanted to place a star floating in the middle of the quilt and I have done this within the sashing.
Place the blocks in two pairs so that the blue and pink lanterns are diagonally opposite each other. Cut four 14.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips. Sew a blue/white half square triangle to two of them and a pink/white half square triangle to the other two. Check the photo to be sure which way to place the triangles.
Place one of these sashing strips between each pair of lantern quilt blocks with a white 2.1/2″ square in the middle. Sew one sashing strip between each pair of blocks and sew the sashing strips for the middle of the quilt together in one long row. Sew the three rows to each other and you will see the star form in the centre of the quilt.
Borders for the chinese lantern quilt
I have used pink 2.1/2″ strips for the first border. Sew two lengths of 34.1/2″ to the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 38.1/2″ to the sides.
For the second border of blue fabric you will need two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the chinese lantern quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
I was rather taken with the number of different ways that you can make really pretty lanterns in quilt blocks. I have made a few different ones and you can see them at lantern quilt blocks.
Here’s the video for the chinese lantern quilt: