The King Richard Quilt is named for King Richard III who has been in the news a lot this week. For those of you who live outside the UK, he was King of England in the 15th Century and died in battle in 1485. He was buried in an umnarked grave at the scene of the battle and his remains were found and identified under a car park in Leicester a few years ago. Yesterday his remains were laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral with great pomp and ceremony.
So the quilt this week is dedicated to him and I have used the Kings Crown quilt block with the purple and gold that I tend to think of as regal colours. The quilt measures 62″ square and I have used 1 yard each of gold, purple and green with 1.1/4 yards of white. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount on this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the King Richard quilt
9.7/8″ squares: eight gold, eight green
6.7/8″ squares: ten purple, ten green
3.7/8″ squares: forty white, forty gold
3.1/2″ squares: twenty white
For the sashing you will need twelve 2.1/2″ by 18.1/2″ rectangles with four 2.1/2″ purple squares for the cornerstones
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of purple – two at 58.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 62.1/2″ long for the sides.
Making the pinwheel quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 9.7/8″ squares. Place a green and a gold square with right squares 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 and you need four of them for each pinwheel block. Sew the squares together in pairs, taking care with the placements so that they form that pinwheel shape. Sew the pairs to each other to complete the pinwheel quilt block. You will need to make four of these.
Making the Kings Crown quilt block
Make more (lots more!) half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ in purple and green and the 3.7/8″ squares in gold and white.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The large half square triangles are all placed in the middle with the purple forming a diamond in the centre of the block. There’s a white square in each corner and the small half square triangles are placed along each edge of the block. Along each edge there are two gold triangles facing one way and two facing the other way, so that in the middle of the edge you get that larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle of the block.
Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows. For the middle of the block you will have to sew two small triangles together vertically first, to make them the same size as the large half square triangles. Then you’ll be able to sew them together across the rows.
Sew the rows to each other to complete the kings crown quilt block. You will need to make five of these for the King Richard quilt.
Assembling the King Richard quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. Rows 1 and 3 are the same as each other – one kings crown block at each end with a pinwheel block in the middle. Sew a sashing strip between each pair of blocks, so you will need two sashing strips for each row of three blocks.
Row 2 is the reverse, with a pinwheel block at each end and a kings crown block in the middle (and two sashing strips). Sew the blocks together across each row.
In order to join the rows to each other, make up two sashing strips using three of the 18.1/2″ sashing strips with a 2.1/2″ purple square between them – so that’s two purple squares for each three sashing strips. Sew one of these long sashing strips between rows 1 and 2, and another between rows 2 and 3.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the King Richard quilt top. It can now be layered, quilted and bound. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I have a busy weekend ahead decorating the kitchen. We have accepted an offer on my father’s house and so now I am getting my own house ready to put on the market. I want to have the painting finished and out of the way before my daughter comes home for Easter.