Navajo Style Quilt Pattern

Navajo style quilt

Navajo style quilt

The original rug

The original rug

The Navajo style quilt pattern this week is my adaptation of the design on an image of a rug sent to me by Claire.  Many thanks for the idea, Claire. The quilt measures 43″ square, suitable for a lap quilt or a wall hanging and I have used 1.1/4 yards  of red fabric with 3/4 yard each of white and black.  These are always striking colours, I find.  I’ve made four 15″ square blocks with sashing and a triple border.

I like to think that the black triangles give a bit of a stained glass effect to the quilt.

As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the Navajo style quilt

Completed Navajo style quilt block

Completed Navajo style quilt block

4.1/4″ squares:  four black with four red,  twelve black with six red and six white

3.1/2″ squares:  seventeen white, sixteen red

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen red (or you could use two 3.1/2″ squares)

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  four red, four white (or you could use three 3.1/2″ squares for each rectangle)

For the borders you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of black, four 1.1/2″ strips of white, four 2.1/2″ strips of red.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Navajo style quilt blocks

For this block you will need quarter square triangles made in two different colour combinations.  Please don’t worry about these – they are just half square triangles made twice.

So begin by laying a black and a red 4.1/4″ square with 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 triangles each with a seam along the base.  These will open up to form two black/red half square triangle units which are now 3.7/8″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the black and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make black/red quarter square triangles

Make black/red quarter square triangles

Now take two of these half square triangle units and lay them right sides together with the seams in line with each other but the colours opposite each other – so the black and red triangles lie against each other rather than black with black and red with red.

Mark a line along the diagonal that crosses the seam rather than in line with the seam.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two quarter square triangle units which have two black triangles and two red triangles.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.  You need to make these with four black and four red squares altogether.

Make black/red/white quarter square triangles

Make black/red/white quarter square triangles

In addition to these, you also need to make quarter square triangles that have two black triangles with one red and one white triangle.  The method is exactly the same, but using both black/red and black/white squares to begin with.

So make half square triangles using six black and six red squares, and also using six black and six white squares.  Place a black/red half square triangle right sides together with a black/white half square triangle.  Once again you need to place them so that the seams are in line with each other, with the black and red against each other and the black and white against each other.  Carry on as before, marking a line along the diagonal, sewing a 1/4″ seam either side of the line and cutting along the line.  This will produce quarter square triangles made of two black triangles with one red and one white.

Navajo style quilt block layout

Navajo style quilt block layout

Now you can relax – the rest of the Navajo style quilt block is simplicity itself!  To speed up the piecing I have used rectangles where possible, but you may prefer to use 3.1/2″ squares.

Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown in the photo.  The first and fifth rows are made using two 6.1/2″ red rectangles with a black/red quarter square triangle between them.  This is placed so that the black triangles are top and bottom with the red triangles on either side.

The second and fourth rows are made with a white 3.1/2″ square in the middle, a red/white/black quarter square triangle on either side and a 3.1/2″ red square at each end.

The third (middle) row is made with a 9.1/2″ white rectangle and a red/black/white quarter square triangle on each end.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Navajo style quilt block.  You will need to make four of these.

Assembling the Navajo style quilt

Make sashing strips

Make sashing strips

Sew the blocks in pairs

Sew the blocks in pairs

Make four strips from  a 9.1/2″ red rectangle with a white square at each end.  These will form sashing strips to join all the blocks together.  Sew the blocks together in pairs, with a sashing strip between the two blocks.

Join the two pairs of blocks

Join the two pairs of blocks

Sew the two remaining sashing strips together with a white square between them, making one long strip that has three white squares in the middle of it with a red rectangle on either side and a white square at each end.

Sew the two pairs of blocks together with the long sashing strip between them.

I’ve used the same three fabrics for the Navajo style quilt borders.  The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric:  you’ll need two lengths of 33.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 37.1/2″ for the sides.

Add the quilt borders

Add the quilt borders

The second border uses 1.1/2″ strips of white fabric:  two lengths of 37.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 39.1/2″ for the sides.

Finally for the third border you’ll need 2.1/2″ strips of red:  two lengths of 39.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 43.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Navajo style 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:

Birmingham Chinese quarter

Birmingham Chinese quarter

One of the pleasures of living in Birmingham is being so close to the theatre.  I’m particularly fond of the Hippodrome which is home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Whenever I go I treat myself to lunch somewhere in the area and a glass of wine in the interval – that’s become my ritual!  The surrounding area is actually the Chinese quarter and it is a lovely, vibrant area – plenty of exploring for me there!

I seem to have mislaid my photos of this area (how can I be so disorganised!), so I’m using a photo courtesy of visitbirmingham.com.

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  1. Oddly enough Rose, I was looking this morning for Navajo patterns here on computer you must be a mindreader Fantastic,thanks

    • hi Irene. I think they call it synchronicity, don’t they. Claire sent me photos of a couple more rugs, so there may be more quilts to come in the same vein.

  2. Lovely colours Rose👌. Red is always a feeling of the Christmas Season — which is not fair away 😝. Am getting into a bit of Christmas sewing now 😃. Sounds like you are really enjoying discovering Birmingham. Have a great weekend 👌🏼.

    • Hi Dianne. You’re right – Christmas is getting ominously close now. I really must sit down and decide what I still have to make before then.

  3. Debra (Canada) says:

    Rose – I really like this pattern! I always like the red/white/black (or grey) combination in a quilt. It will be added to my list of “to do soon” rather than just “sometime”.

  4. Breda Flood says:

    A delight when I c your name on e.mail as I know ,(while I may never finish any quilt)I sit down, eat ice cream or other goodies and read c your designs-and its beautiful and relaxing. So Thank You for making me smile again and again.
    Breda

  5. This is very nice. I think I will make it in the Chippewa colors for my husband, who is 1/4.

  6. Hi Rose,
    I couldn’t wait to see your modified version of the Ganado Navajo rug. I don’t know how you figured out how to make the block but you did it and it came out looking very much like the weaved pattern on the rug. I’ve had the rug for over 50 years and it’s still in pristine condition.
    Thanks for using it. I will print this pattern.

  7. Debra (Canada) says:

    It would be lovely to see the photo of the original inspiration for this quilt. Can you share it?

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt My husband likes all things Native American so this will definitely be on my list for the future. Went to the Birmingham Site, wish I was there to take part in some of the activities .Have a great weekend. Happy quilting
    Sandra

  9. Rose, Another lovely quilt. Thank you!
    It’s great that you see the positive things in the new place in which
    you have chosen to live.
    Hope you don’t have too many trick or treaters.
    Have a lovely week-end!

    • Thanks, Mary. I’m not sure how many trick and treaters to expect here – at Ludlow I knew roughly how many I’d get, but I just hope that I have enough chocolate.

  10. Nice explanation.Thanks . Rose.

  11. Debra (Canada) says:

    Thanks for doing that, Rose. I like the extra stripes so will keep that in mind when I make this pattern.

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