I’ve made the Windows and Doors quilt block on a diagonal setting because it made the construction so much more simple – the alternatives would have been lots of half square triangles or diamond in a square units. It actually then becomes a very simple block – and it makes a great quilt as well. The version that I have made here is about 20.3/4″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the windows and doors quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: fifteen red, twelve white, four blue
3.7/8″ squares: four white
6.7/8″ squares: two white
3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: two red
Making the windows and doors quilt block
Cut the 3.7/8″ and the 6.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square. The smaller ones will be used at the ends of some of the rows, while the larger ones will form the corners of the block.
I’m going to start by showing you the central area of the block without any triangles – this is the really simple part!
There’s a red rectangle at top and bottom with five rows of squares between them. The second and sixth rows are shorter than the middle rows.
Now the triangles are added to either end of the top two and bottom two rows. Note that in the top of the block they are placed with the right angled corner (the square one) at the bottom and the long edge on the outside is sloping towards the middle. In the bottom rows, the right angled corner is placed at the top and the long edges slope towards the red rectangle at the bottom.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. As you can see, the white triangles in the first row are sewn to the red squares below them (not the triangles). The finished shape of this section is octagonal.
Finally add the corner triangles, which come from the 6.7/8″ squares. They are placed against the red rectangles and as you can see they square up the windows and doors quilt block.
In order to give you an idea of how the block looks in a quilt, I have shown sixteen blocks here sewn in four rows of four.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I hope to see you again soon.
Here’s the video: