I know that I have used an uninteresting name for this quilt pattern, but inspiration deserted me. Do please let me know if you can think of a more exiciting name for it. If you look closely you’ll see that it’s made from a few very simple blocks. The colours are very different from my normal choices, but purple and gold do give a wonderfully rich look to a quilt. When I began to design this quilt, I decided that I wanted a pinwheel in the middle with some sort of barn raising type design around it. I laid out the squares and then went away and thought about it. Gradually throughout yesterday I tinkered with the placement of the quilt blocks until I ended up with a completely different design – but one that I like a lot!
The quilt measures 58″ square and I have used 1.3/4 yards of the purple and 2 yards of the gold. I’ve used a lot of strip piecing to speed things up.
6.7/8″ squares: twelve each in purple and gold
6.1/2″ squares: eight each in purple and gold
2.1/2″ strips: twelve strips of both fabrics cut across the width of fabric, plus an additional six strips of gold for the border.
Making the half square triangles
Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares. Place one purple and one gold square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangles. You will need twenty four half square triangle units (made from twelve purple and twelve gold squares).
Making the nine patch units
These units are much quicker to make if you use some strip piecing. Sew together 2.1/2″ strips in one panel of purple, gold, purple and another panel of gold, purple, gold. Press the seam allowances all the same way on each panel – it will make it more easy to nest them when you sew strips together.
Cut at 2.1/2″ intervals so that you have strips 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long.
Each nine patch unit can be made with one strip of gold/purple/gold and two strips of purple/gold/purple. Sew the three strips to each other to complete one nine patch quilt block. You will need twenty eight nine patch blocks so cut fifty six of the purple/gold/purple strips and twenty eight of the gold/purple/gold strips.
Using the light/dark/light panels only, cut at 6.1/2″ intervals to make 6.1/2″ square stripey quilt blocks. You will need twelve of these.
Along with the plain 6.1/2″ squares in both purple and gold, you now have all the blocks made ready to begin making the quilt.
Assembling the royal quilt top
This quilt design is symmetrical in all directions which makes it more easy to put together: once you have laid out all the quilt blocks, you can keep checking one side against the other to make sure that you have everything in the right place and facing in the right direction.
The first row has a purple square at each end and in the middle. On each side of the middle square there are a half square triangle, a stripey block and a nine patch unit.
The second row has a half square triangle at each end and a nine patch block in the middle. On either side of the central square are a plain gold square, a nine patch unit and a half square triangle.
The third row has a stripey square at each end with the stripe placed vertically and a plain gold square in the middle. On either side of the central square are two nine patch units and a half square triangle.
The fourth row is made with a nine patch at each end and a vertical stripe in the middle. One either side are a nine patch unit and two half square triangles. The two half square triangles are placed to form a diamond shape.
Row five is the central row of the quilt. It has a purple square at each end and a nine patch in the middle. On either side there are a nine patch, a plain gold square and a stripey block with the stripe horizontal.
Row six is where the quilt pattern begins to repeat itself, so it is made with the same blocks as row four, but with the triangles placed differently.
Row seven uses the same blocks as row three. Row eight uses the same blocks as those used in row two and the ninth row has the same blocks as the first row. In each case the triangles are angled so that the design draws in towards the middle.
Sew all the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have just used a simple gold 2.1/2″ strip. You will need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides. The royal quilt is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
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