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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.