San Marco Quilt – Free Pattern

San Marco quilt

San Marco quilt

The San Marco quilt is the result of a quick trip I took to Venice last week.  It’s the most beautiful, inspirational city:  I’ve added a link to my Venice photos at the bottom of the page – together with a short video of a gondolier serenading his passengers.  This quilt is based on a small portion of the incredible floor tile designs that I saw in the San Marco basilica.

The quilt is rectangular, measuring 67″ by 85″, and I have used 3 yards of grey fabric with 1.1/2 yards each of red and black.  I’ve made sixty three blocks, all 9″ square finished size.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Floor tile mosaic

Floor tile mosaic

The combination of a plain square with a diamond in a square is quite common in these floor tiles – you can see it in diagonal lines at the bottom of this photo.  It formed the basis of many of the designs.

The fact that there are plenty of plain grey squares make it a simple and quick quilt to make.  I have added the red part of the quilt design to give it some pop.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the San Marco quilt

9.1/2″ squares:  twenty eight grey

6.7/8″ squares:  sixteen grey, fourteen red

5.3/8″ squares:  sixty black

3.7/8″ squares:  ten red, ten grey

3.1/2″ squares:  twenty grey, five red

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units for the stars

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red 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 produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

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

Star quilt block layout

Star quilt block layout

Make the star quilt blocks

Lay the 3.1/2″ squares and the half square triangles out in a nine patch formation.  There’s a red square in the middle, a grey square in each corner and half square triangles in the remaining spaces.  Check the photo to be sure of getting the triangle placements correct.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You need to make five of these star blocks.

Sew the triangles to the squares

Sew the triangles to the squares

Make the diamond in a square blocks

Cut the 5.3/8″ black squares along one diagonal to create two triangles from each square.  Lay a triangle on each edge of the central 6.7/8″ square.  Sew the top and bottom triangles to the square first.  Then press these open and sew the remaining two triangles in place.

Trim the triangle tips

Trim the triangle tips

You will see that there are triangle tips sticking out in the middle of each edge.  Trim these to reduce bulk when you’re sewing the blocks together.

You need to make sixteen of these blocks in grey on black together with fourteen blocks in red on black.

The other block required is a plain 9.1/2″ grey square.

First three rows

First three rows

Assemble the San Marco quilt

Sew the blocks together in nine rows of seven blocks.  I’ll show you the rows three at a time.  In the first and third rows place the plain grey squares in positions one, three, five and seven.  The second row contains grey squares in positions two, four and six.  Place a red diamond in square in the middle of the first row with two red diamonds diagonally below it in row two.  Continue the diagonal lines with two red diamonds in row three.  Fill the remaining spaces with grey diamonds – two each in rows one and two with just one in the third row.

Rows four to six

Rows four to six

Rows four to six form the central area of the quilt.  Place a star in the middle of rows four and six, with three stars in row five.

There are two plain grey squares in each of these rows, together with two grey diamonds in each row.  The red diamonds appear twice in each of rows four and six but there are none of them in row five.

Rows seven to nine

Rows seven to nine

Finally, rows seven to nine are very similar to rows one to three.

The red diamonds are now forming a V shape to complete the overall diamond shape begun in the top of the quilt.

Sew the blocks together 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 red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 63.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 85.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the San Marco 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:

Venice

Venice

Last week I had a magical few days in Venice.  I had so many photos that I’ve written a separate article about the gorgeous city.  Click here to see my photos and a very short video of a singing gondolier.

 

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  1. How wonderful Rose – just love you sharing all your pics and of course the quilt is just amazing. Thank you so much and have a fabulous weekend. Monica

  2. Trish Tarbuck says:

    HI Rose the photographs of Venice are just delightful.I loved Venice but it is over 30 years ago that I visited there, must be time for another trip.Loved the tile designs and yes you are right the possibilities are endless.Sorry to hear about the Piza cutters what a shame.

    • Hi Trish. You’ll probably find Venice still looking the same – although the food in the restaurants would no doubt be different now. It’s somewhere I could happily return to. The pizza cutters were my own fault – brain not fully engaged when I bought them!

  3. Hi Rose – lovely quilt – happy memories of your Venice trip😝. Great to see your photos too. I’m still in Nerja -(last weekend) – had lots of sunny days 🌞. Did lots of hand sewing – bought material similar to what you have in this quilt! Made a few needle cases😜👌🏼. Happy stitching 😉😁.

    • Hi Dianne. It sounds like you’ve been really busy while in Nerja. Isn’t it amazing how we quilters can always sniff out fabric shops no matter where we are! Enjoy the rest of your stay.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for the tour of Venice. Too bad you lost the gifts for the children. What did they think you were going to do with them. Finished my quilt, but have been under the weather. It is raining all day today and that is just the way I feel Blah!
    Love the quilt will start a new one on Sunday. This one seems to go together very quickly.
    Thank you for all your tours and quilt designs. Have a great weekend Happy Quilting
    Sandra

  5. Beautiful quilt and amazing pictures. Have you ever seen the Canadian Rockies up close and personal? They too are beautiful and amazing. Have a great weekend.

  6. Love this quilt Rose. The colours are gorgeous, as is Venice.

  7. And here it is – your creation inspired by your trip to Venice. You’ve interpreted the floor tile pattern so beautifully and the result is superb – very original for a quilt design.

    • Thanks, June. Glad you like the quilt – although I don’t feel I can do justice to the beauty of Venice. You would make a better job of that than I can!

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