The anvil quilt pattern is one of those that shows more features the more you look at it. I am so pleased to be able to bring this pattern to you – I have only just finally had my internet connected, which is such a relief! Still no phone, but at least I can send emails now without having to visit a cafe for their wifi. Many thanks to Virgin Media for coming to my rescue.
The quilt measures 42″ square and I have used 1/4 yard each of green and grey, 1/2 yard of white and 3/4 yard each of cream and red fabrics. You could treat this as a scrappy quilt by using up different colours for the four squares in the middle of the block – just make sure that you have two dark and two light. The anvil quilt uses nine block, each 12″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the anvil quilt pattern
3.1/2″ squares: thirty six cream, eighteen green, eighteen grey – but don’t cut these until you’ve read the pattern as you can use strip piecing to save time.
3.7/8″ squares: eighteen cream, eighteen red, thirty six white
For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric
Making the anvil quilt blocks
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in either red and white or cream and white. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side fo the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
You will need to make these in red and white and also in cream and white.
For the four squares in the middle of the block I have used strip piecing to save some time. Sew together a grey and a green 3.1/2″ strip along the length. Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to give rectangles which are 3.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long – basically a square of grey and a square of green. These can be used for the four squares in the middle of the anvil quilt block.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four.
The grey and green squares form a four patch in the middle of the block. There’s a cream/white half square triangle in each corner and there are a cream square and a red/white half square triangle between each pair of corners. You’ll have to check the photo to be sure of which way to place the half square triangles, but the two white triangles form a larger white triangle which should help with the layout.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You’ll need to make nine of these blocks.
Assembling the anvil quilt pattern
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three blocks. You can see now how the cream and white pinwheels start to form where the rows are sewn together.
Sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the anvil quilt pattern top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
My son Ben and his fiancee Katy are getting married tomorrow in Cambridge, so this is going to be a very exciting weekend. My second son is best man and my daughter is a bridesmaid – we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for good weather!