The road to Jerusalem quilt block is a very simple one. I chose it for this quilt both because it is such a pretty block and because I wanted to use a simple block so that I could concentrate on the sashing – I have made a star in the cornerstones and wanted you to see how easy it is to do this.
The quilt measures 46″ square and contains nine blocks which are all 12″ square finished size. I have used 1/4 yard of yellow, 1/2 yard each of brown and blue, 3/4 yard of white and 1 yard of purple. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the road to Jerusalem quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: eighteen each in brown and blue, eighteen each in brown and white, eighteen each in blue and white
3.1/2″ squares: thirty six white
For the cornerstones: four 2.1/2″ yellow squares and sixteen 2.7/8″ squares
For the sashing: twelve 2.1/2″ strips of purple 12.1/2″ long
For the border: five 3.1/2″ strips of purple cut across the width of fabric
Making the road to Jerusalem quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. 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 to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the dark fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
You’ll need to make these in blue/white, brown/white and brown/blue.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There’s a brown/white half square triangle in each corner, with the white forming the corner. There are four blue/white half square triangles in the middle placed so that the white forms a central diamond shape. There’s one white square and one blue/brown half square triangle in each row – but in a different position in each row.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the road to Jerusalem quilt block. You need to make nine of these.
Making the sashing
The sashing strips are the purple rectangles, but they need to have yellow triangles in order to make the stars in the cornerstones. These are made using 2.7/8″ squares. Lay a yellow square at the right hand end of a purple strip, right sides together. Because the squares are larger than the strip, you will have a small overhang of yellow above and below the purple (the top strip in the photo). Sew a seam across the diagonal running from bottom left to top right. Cut along a line about 1/4″ from the seam and discard the yellow and purple triangles (the second and third strips in the photo). Flip the yellow triangle down to complete the rectangle and press in place (the fourth strip in the photo). Do this to all twelve of the purple strips.
With four of the strips, you will need to add a yellow triangle at the other end as well. Sew the diagonal from bottom left to top right as shown in the photo, so that the resulting yellow triangle is at the top of the purple strip (the left hand end of the strip), while the first triangle (on the right hand end) was at the bottom of the purple strip.
Assembling the road to Jerusalem quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three with sashing strips between the rows. For the first row you will need three blocks and two sashing strips. Place the sashing strips so that the yellow triangles are at the bottom of the strip. Sew the blocks and sashing together across the row.
For the second row you will again need three blocks and two sashing strips, but this time use the sashing strips which have two triangles.
Sew the blocks and sashing strips together across the row.
In the third row you will need three blocks and two sashing strips with one triangle only.
Place the sashing strips so that the triangles are at the top. Sew the blocks and sashing together across the row.
You now need to make two long strips of sashing to go across the width of the road to Jerusalem quilt in order to sew the rows of blocks to each other.
These are made using a sashing strip with one triangle on its right hand end, a yellow square, a sashing strip with two triangles, a yellow square and finally a sashing strip with one triangle at its left hand end. Sew these together across the row – make two of them.
Sew one of the sashing strips to the bottom of row one and the other one to the bottom of row two.
You can now sew all the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
Finally, for the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of purple fabric – just plain, with no stars. You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the road to Jerusalem 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.
Here’s the video:
The biggest shopping centre in the middle of Birmingham is known as the Bull Ring. This guy guards the entrance. I had to wait ages to take this photo of him on his own because children love climbing all over him. He’s taller than me so I would think he stands about 6 or 7 feet tall. He’s very impressive, isn’t he!