For this quilt pattern I began with the steeple and weathervane quilt block: this is a nine patch block attributed to Nancy Cabot and quite simple but effective. I used purple and gold for part of the block because steeples are usually set on churches, but then the colours reminded me of Cadburys Cream Eggs so I revised the layout to give more of an egg shape. The rich colouring then brought to mind Faberge eggs. I’d like to pretend that I’m terribly organised and plan my quilts in advance, but as you can tell from that my patterns tend to make themselves up as I go along!
The finished quilt measures 52″ by 40″ and I have used 1.1/4 yards each of purple and lilac with 3/4 yard of gold – it’s actually a metallic yellow fabric.
3.1/2″ squares: eight lilac
3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: eight lilac, four gold
3.7/8″ squares: sixty each in purple and lilac, twenty each in purple and gold
For the border: five 2.1/2″ strips of gold fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the steeple and weathervane quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in purple/lilac and in purple/gold. 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 triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the purple fabric and trim the corners to reduce bulk in the seams.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The first two rows represent the weathervane and are made entirely from purple/lilac half square triangles. The next four rows represent the steeple. Row three is made with two lilac rectangles with two half square triangles in the middle.
Row four has a lilac square at each end, two purple/gold half square triangles in the middle and a purple/lilac half square triangle either side of the centre. Row five is made using two purple/lilac and four purple/gold half square triangles. Row six has the gold rectangle in the middle with two purple/gold half square triangles on either side. In each corner the four half square triangles are placed so that they form a shape like an arrow head – I always find that these sort of shapes help me to place the squares correctly.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make four of the steeple and weathervane quilt blocks.
There are a lot of half square triangles in this block which can make the seams quite bulky. In order to help a little with this, I have pressed some of the seams open – that’s why I’ve shown you the back view of the block here.
It’s okay to have a combination of seams that are pressed to one side with seams that have been pressed open.
Assembling the Faberge egg style quilt
Sew the quilt blocks together in pairs with the yellow squares at the bottom of the blocks.
Flip one pair of blocks so that the yellow edge is at the top and sew the pairs of blocks to each other. At this stage you have the two Faberge eggs in the middle with weathervanes along the top and bottom but nothing down the sides.
Make four more weathervanes. That’s the first two rows of the original steeple and weathervane quilt block. Each one is made using twelve purple/lilac half square triangles. Sew these together in pairs. This will give you two strips 6.1/2″ wide by 36.1/2″ long.
Sew one strip to either side of the quilt so that the eggs in the middle of the quilt now have weathervanes all round them.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of gold fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the long edges and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the remaining two edges.
That completes the Faberge egg style quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
Here’s the video:
Guess the name competition
Thank you once again for your participation in the naming the quilt competition – both with providing a huge number of imaginative names and with voting for them afterwards. I counted up the votes last night: there were votes across all the groups, but the group with the most votes was group 3. That was Birds in flight/Lost winds/Blowing in the wind/Catch the wind. All beautiful names.
Which brings us of course to the fabric giveaway. For this I used the names of everyone who had submitted a name suggestion and drew one of the names out of a bowl. The winner is: Patricia Eason. Well done, Patricia. I have emailed you to ask for your postal address. I’ve given you my personal email address as I have had trouble in the past with emails not getting through to the webmail address.
Thanks once again to everyone who participated.