I’ve made an attic windows quilt using a lovely new fabric range called Renaissance which has some lovely rich looking fabrics. I’ve adapted the attic windows block slightly so that I can rotate the blocks to give secondary designs when I sew the blocks together. The quilt measures 54″ square. I have used 1/2 yard of the light fabric for the border and cornerstones, with 3/4 yard of each of the remaining four fabrics. The main square within each block is a floral design – something that you want to showcase – while the first frame around this square is half light and half dark (red and pink in this quilt). The sashing is a colour (dark) from within the central square and the cornerstones and border are a light colour.
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Cutting requirements for the attic windows quilt
Floral fabric: sixteen 6.1/2″ squares
Red script fabric: sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares
Pink script fabric: sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares
Green sashing fabric: forty 2.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ rectangles
Light border fabric: twenty five 2.1/2″ squares for the cornerstones, two lengths 2.1/2″ by 50.1/2″ and two lengths 2.1/2″ by 54.1/2″ for the attic windows quilt border
Making the attic windows quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. 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 produces two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the attic windows quilt block with the floral square in the middle and a frame of pink and red. The 6.1/2″ rectangles are across the top and bottom of the central square with the 8.1/2″ rectangles down the sides. The half square triangles are placed in the two diagonally opposite corners.
You’ll notice that in the top right hand corner the script in the half square triangle continues the direction of the script in the rectangles either side of it. In the bottom left hand half square triangle, the direction of the script doesn’t match that on either side of it. This is mainly because my brain was broadly absent after all the travelling I did this week. What I should have done is used one diagonal for half of the squares when I made the half square triangles and then used the other diagonal for the remaining squares.
Sew the patchwork pieces together to make three columns, then sew the three columns together to complete the attic windows quilt block.
You will need to make sixteen of these blocks. They will be sewn together in four rows of four, but with sashing between each block and between each row of blocks.
Sewing the attic windows quilt blocks together
Place the first block of row one so that the red triangles is bottom right of the block. Place the second block so that the red triangle is bottom left and sew a green sashing strip between them. Repeat this pairing for the second half of the row. You should have four blocks with three sashing strips so that there is no sashing at each end of the row. This placement is the same for rows one and three.
For rows two and four you will need to place the red triangles so that they form a larger red triangle pointing downwards – so the red will be top right and then top left.
Add sashing between the rows
In order to sew the rows to each other, make up five strips of sashing – four green sashing strips and three light cornerstones in each strip.
Sew one strip above and below row one. Sew row two to the sashing below row one and then keep adding the rows with sashing. You will end up with sashing above and below the rows and between each row.
For the sides of the quilt top, make up two strips with five cornerstones and four green sashing strips. Sew one of these to each side of the attic windows quilt top.
I decided that the quilt didn’t look finished at this stage, so I added a 2.1/2″ border strip made from the same fabric as the cornerstones. You’ll need two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the renaissance attic windows quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
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Many of you have been kind enough to ask about my trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa last week. You can see some of the photos (I took about 500 altogether!) by clicking here.