For the Blockade quilt pattern I have used the basic blockade quilt block as well as a variation that I designed to create some colour and interest in the quilt. I rather like the red diamond shape that appears to lie in the background. The quilt measures 66″ square and it needs twenty five quilt blocks altogether. These are all 12″ square finished size.
I have used 1.1/4 yards of red fabric, 1.1/2 yards of blue and 2.1/2 yards of white. As usual, you can buy all these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the blockade quilt
3.1/2″ squares: ninety six white
3.7/8″ squares: one hundred and twenty five blue, forty five red, one hundred and thirty four white
For the border you will need six 3.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric
Making the basic blockade quilt block
For each block you will need six 3.1/2″ white squares and five 3.7/8″ squares in both blue and white. Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a blue and a white square 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 produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four.
Along each edge there are two blue triangles placed together to form a larger blue triangle pointing towards the middle.
Two blue triangles in the middle combine to form a butterfly shape. There is one white square in rows one and four and two white squares in rows three and two.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the basic blockade quilt block. You will need to make sixteen of these.
Making the alternate blockade quilt block
For each block you will need 3.7/8″ squares only: two each in blue and red, three each in blue and white, three each in red and white. Make half square triangles with all of them in those colour combinations.
This time there are no plain white squares as I have changed sections of the block to red both to emphasise the white diamond frame and to give the eye more to look at within the quilt.
The larger blue triangles on the edges and the blue butterfly in the middle are still there, but in addition there are now larger red triangles formed by two red triangles along each edge and there is a red butterfly shape in the middle along with the blue one.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the alternate blockade quilt block. You will need to make nine of these.
Assembling the blockade quilt
The blocks are sewn together in five rows of five. Rows one and five are the same as each other, with two basic blocks at each end and an alternate block in the middle.
The blocks do change a little with rotation – the butterfly shape in the middle changes direction – but I have chosen to keep them all facing the same way for this quilt design.
Rows two and four are also the same as each other, using alternate blocks of blue, red, blue, red and then blue again. That means that you need three basic blocks and two alternate blocks for these rows.
Row three forms the middle of the quilt. You will need three alternate blockade quilt blocks and two basic blockade quilt blocks, placed as red, blue, red, blue and finishing with red.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. For the top and bottom of the quilt you will need two lengths of 60.1/2″. For the sides you will need two lengths of 66.1/2″.
That completes the blockade quilt 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:
Last Friday I was in Menorca with my daughter Samantha – what a change in temperature compared with this Friday in Birmingham! We had a wonderful, relaxing week. I happened across two fabric shops (honestly I wasn’t really looking). I managed not to buy any fabric, but I did fall for this rather lovely tapestry panel. No, I have never attempted tapestry before – but I’m looking forward to trying it.