Geometric Quilt – Free Pattern

Geometric quilt

Geometric quilt

The geometric  quilt is completely different from my norm – both the design and the colour choices.  A long time ago I saw a modern quilt in black, grey and yellow and I thought then how well those colours went together.  For this quilt I needed a fourth colour so I added red as one that would go well with the other three fabrics.  I can see this quilt being a great choice for a student – or a man.

The quilt measures 58″ square, using nine 18″ square quilt blocks.  I have used 1/2 yard of yellow fabric, 3/4 yard each of red and black with 2 yards of grey fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the geometric quilt

Completed geometric quilt block

Completed geometric quilt block

1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ strips:  seventy two red, one hundred and forty four grey – but see below for how these can be strip pieced

2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ strips:  thirty six yellow, seventy two grey – these can also be strip pieced

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six red, thirty six grey

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty seven black, eighteen grey

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen black, eighteen grey

For the border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a black and a grey 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the larger striped unit

Make the larger striped unit

Make the striped units

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of grey, yellow, grey to make one long panel which is 6.1/2″ wide.  Press and cut this panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You need thirty six of these.

Make the small striped units

Make the small striped units

Sew together 1.1/2″ strips of grey, red, grey to make one long panel which is 3.1/2″ wide.  Press and cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You need seventy two of these.

Lay out the geometric quilt block

Layout for the central area

Layout for the central area

The central area of this block is a nine patch unit made using three black squares, two grey squares and four half square triangle units.  The black squares follow one diagonal, with the two grey squares in the remaining two corners.  The half square triangles fill the rest of the spaces, placed so that the black triangles form the large black diagonal.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Place the large striped units

Place the large striped units

On each edge of this central square place a large striped unit.  Note that two of these are placed with the stripes horizontal while in the other two the stripes are vertical.  Overall, the yellow strips form a partial square around the central square.

Geometric quilt block layout

Geometric quilt block layout

Now add the corner units.  Two of these are made with two red 3.1/2″ squares and two small striped units.  The other two corners are made with two grey squares and two small striped units.  The red squares follow the top left to bottom right diagonal while the grey squares follow the bottom left to top right diagonal.  The small striped units are placed with one horizontal and one vertical in each corner, so that the red stripes appear to surround the corner square.

Complete the quilt block

Sew the corner units first

Sew the corner units first

Sew together the units within each corner unit first: sew the pieces together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  When the corner units are complete, you’ll see that the patches are now all the same size (6.1/2″ square) and can be sewn together in three rows of three.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make nine of these.

Assemble the geometric quilt

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

The blocks are sewn together in three rows of three.

Rows 1 and 3 are the same as each other.  The easiest way to see how to rotate the blocks is to concentrate on the black shapes in the middle of the block.  These are rotated to form a zigzag, with the black beginning in the top left in the first block, then going up to the top right and then back down to bottom right in the third block.

In row 2 the zigzag is in the opposite direction, beginning at bottom left and going up to top right, then down to bottom right and finally up to top right in the third block.

Sew the blocks to each other across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border  I have used 2.1/2″ strips of black.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.

That completes the geometric 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:

Barber Institute of Fine Art

Barber Institute of Fine Art

Have you ever driven by somewhere frequently and thought ‘I must visit that some time’?  I was like that with the Barber Institute of Fine Art and I finally got round to visiting it last week.  It’s part of the University so it’s not in the city centre, but it really was a delight to visit.  Definitely somewhere to return to when it’s raining and I want to be indoors rather than outdoors.




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Comments

  1. Rose
    What a beautiful design, you make so is to understand. Now I want to make one. Thanks for your lovely tutorials 😀

  2. Mary Jane Angelotti says:

    I love this quilt design, very modern. Great project for beginners, I think!

  3. esther karadavid says:

    Hi, this pattern is beautiful and different from what you usually do. I have only one comment:

    In the central block I would use a black strip, add two light triangles and then square it up to the desired size. Why work hard using a nine patch?

    Etti Karadavid from Israel

  4. Faith Taylor says:

    Hi, Rose! We’re in Kansas City with our 5th wheel. Saw the old train station yesterday – a wonderful old building with beautiful architecture and a great food court.

  5. Hi Rose, nice design, just not my colors. Haha that’s ok, challenges us in the use of different color combinations. I swear your tutorials are the best ever!! So great for new quilters. I’m still working on White House steps enlarged t queen. Not sure if I will do 5 or 6 across and 6 or 7 down. With 1 in. frame. Have to do some measuring. The deep mattresses they have now can be tricky. Because it is for a guy I don’t want to use a dust ruffle. Love the red, white and blue. Love the pattern too.

    • Hi Bonnie. They’re not really my colours either, but I was interested to try that colour combination. Good luck with your white house steps quilt.

  6. Rose I couldn’t believe that the central area was made using hsts.
    It is a very interesting design. Thank you.
    Good luck with the rep calling. Rose you are a very energetic lady long may that
    continue. I’m subject to insomnia and have a very bad bout at present. I started
    knitting a very complicated cardigan, big mistake. I discovered I made a mess
    of it due to lack of sleep. Afraid to touch my sewing machine in case I do
    something stupid.

    • Hi Mary. So sorry to hear that you’re suffering with insomnia. It must be a problem feeling so tired all the time. Hope that you feel better soon. I can understand your reluctance to sew – it’s very demoralising having to unpick something that you’ve made, isn’t it.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt and yes I do love the colours. Still making my disappearing 9 patch quilt. I think it is disappearing on me as I am working and getting no where. Only a few more blocks to go. then I think I will put a skinny and a wide border on it . Going to be a present for my aunt who just went into a assisted living home.
    You certainly are busy. Good luck with the rep. You will do fine. Stay calm and carrying on.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. You must be relieved to be nearing the finish of the disappearing 9 patch – I admire your perseverance. I felt that I was quite restrained with my fabric purchases – I bought quite a few solids and blenders which are always useful.

  8. This pattern and the colours remind me of 60’s pop-art – very cool and will always look ‘modern’.

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