The box quilt pattern is made with a Nancy Page block called, unsurprisingly, the box quilt block. To me, it’s one of those blocks that look like a box or a star depending on how you look at it. The quilt measures 68″ square and I have used sixteen blocks which are each 16″ finished size.
To make the box quilt pattern I have used two colour pairings – a light and a dark blue together with a red and pink – with white for the background. I have used 3/4 yard each of dark blue and light blue, 1 yard each of pink and red and 1.1/2 yards of white fabric. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the box quilt pattern
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: thirty two dark blue, thirty two light blue, thirty two red, thirty two pink
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: thirty two dark blue, thirty two light blue, thirty two red, thirty two pink
4.1/2″ squares: sixty four white
2.7/8″ squares: thirty two pink, thirty two red, sixty four white
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric – two 64.1/2″ long and two 68.1/2″ long
Making the box quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with either a red or a pink square, 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. These are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out as shown. Basically the layout is the same in each quarter of the box quilt block. In two of them the central white square is surrounded by dark blue and pink while in the other two the central square is surrounded by light blue and red.
The half square triangle units are placed half way along each edge of the block so that they extend the pink or red rectangles. You can check that you have them placed correctly by seeing that the white triangles form larger white triangles pointing in towards the middle of the block.
Originally I had planned to sew the patchwork pieces together within each quarter and then sew the quarters together, but as I was looking at it I realised that it would be far more simple just to sew the pieces together down each column. You will have six columns which are not the same width as each other, but that doesn’t matter because the pieces are all the same width within each column.
Sew the columns to each other to complete the block. You will need to make sixteen of these for the box quilt pattern. They are 16.1/2″ square at this stage.
Assembling the box quilt pattern
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four. Every alternate block is rotated to create the quilt design.
I’ll identify the blocks by which colour is in the top left corner of the block. So, for rows 1 and 3, the first block has light blue in the top left, the next one has dark blue, then light blue again and finally dark blue.
Rows 2 and 4 are the same as each other and the placement for them is dark blue, light blue, dark blue, light blue.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Box quilt pattern border
I have made a simple border using 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the box quilt pattern. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Just for interest, here’s an image of the box quilt block with no rotation, just sashing to separate the blocks.
Here’s the video:
Last weekend I went to Nantes in France for a quilt show – and also to enjoy the sights of the city itself. It was a wonderful weekend and you can see some of my experiences here.