Towers of Camelot Quilt – Free Pattern

Towers of Camelot quilt

Towers of Camelot quilt

The Towers of Camelot quilt block is also known as Air Castles.  It’s the quarter square triangles that form that make you think of turrets and castles.  There are three techniques needed for each block, but once you have made these the quilt block goes together really quickly as a simple nine patch.  Each step is simple – trust me!

I’ve made it as a rectangular quilt as I’ve been told that I make too many square quilts.  It measures 60″ by 78″, using twelve 18″ square finished size blocks.  The quilt used 1.1/4 yards of turquoise, 2 yards of white and 2.3/4 yards of blue fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  If you visit the online shop, you’ll find that all payments are now through Paypal, but you don’t have to have a Paypal account – you can buy as a guest using your card in the normal way.




Cutting requirements for the Towers of Camelot quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

6.7/8″ squares:  twenty turquoise, twenty white, twenty blue

7.1/4″ squares:  ten blue, ten white

4.3/4″ squares: ten white

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty turquoise

13.1/4″ squares:  two blue

9.7/8″ squares:  four white

For the binding you will need to cut eight 3.1/2″ strips of blue across the width of fabric

Make the half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 6.7/8″ squares in turquoise and white only for the half square triangle units.  Place two squares 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 triangles which are now 6.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the turquoise and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

Make the quarter square triangle units

First you need to make half square triangles as above using the 7.1/4″ blue and white squares.  This produces half square triangle units which are 6.7/8″ squares.

Place a blue 6.7/8″ square right sides together with one of the blue/white half square triangles.  Line up the edges and mark a line along the diagonal that crosses the other seam – make sure that your two seams won’t both run along the same diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces a quarter square triangle unit made up of one large blue triangle, one small blue triangle and one small white triangle.  These are now 6.1/2″ squares.

Make the diamond in a square units

Make the diamond in a square

Make the diamond in a square

The central section of the Towers of Camelot quilt block is a white diamond in a turquoise square.  Cut the 3.7/8″ turquoise squares along one diagonal to make two triangles.  Place one triangle on each edge of the 4.3/4″ white square.  I know the square doesn’t look very white in the photo, but it was a dull day when I took the photos.

Sew the top and bottom triangles to the square and then press them open.  Next sew the two triangles to the sides and press them open.  Trim the edges of the resulting square as the fabric from the triangle tips sticks out in the middle of each edge.

For each block you need four half square triangle units, four quarter square triangle units and one diamond in a square.

Towers of Camelot quilt block layout

Towers of Camelot quilt block layout

Make the towers of Camelot quilt block

Lay the sections out in three rows of three.  Place a diamond in a square unit with a quarter square triangle unit on each edge and a half square triangle in each corner.  Sew the sections together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

You need to make ten of these blocks.

Make the alternate block

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

This block is another diamond in a square, but using much larger pieces.

Cut the 9.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make triangles.  Place one triangle on each edge of the blue 13.1/4″ square.  Sew the top and bottom triangles to the square first.  Press these open and then sew the side triangles to the square.  Trim the edges of the block to remove the triangle tips in the middle of each edge.

Make two of the alternate blocks.

Rows 1 and 4

Rows 1 and 4

Assemble the Towers of Camelot quilt

Lay the blocks out in four rows of three blocks.

Rows one and four are made with three towers blocks side by side.

For rows two and three place an alternate block in the middle with a towers block on either side.

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

Add the quilt binding

Add the quilt binding

Add the quilt binding

I have used 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric for the binding.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 78.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Towers of Camelot quilt.  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:

Colour through quilting

Colour through quilting

Yesterday I went to Malvern for the Stitch and Craft show. The quilting section was larger than I had expected, with some gorgeous quilts on display.

This one was a black background with all the colour coming from the quilting – very impressive.

It was lovely bumping into (not literally) quilters who knew me through the website – thanks for saying hello.

Landscape quilts

Landscape quilts

These landscape quilts were incredibly realistic.  The one on the right was amazingly detailed with all the branches interlocking in both the top and in the reflection.

I do so admire the attention to detail shown by these quilters.  It inspired me to take a walk in the Malvern hills afterwards.  I think that I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up on a much longer walk than I had expected.  As it was such a lovely sunny day that wasn’t really a problem.

Judy Niemeyer quilt pattern

Judy Niemeyer quilt pattern

There were several quilts made from Judy Niemeyer patterns.  Her quilts have always impressed me, so it was really exciting to see some of them in the flesh.

I finished with a quick walk around the town of Malvern, sampling the famous spring water from a tap in the street. Altogether a marvellous day out.

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  1. Dear Rose what a lovely way to spend a day. So glad you also managed to get in a walk in the countryside.
    This quilt looks a beauty. Now fancy me saying that. I know I already have a lot to make but I might just have to have a go, especially as I love the myths surrounding Uther, Arthur , Merlin and The Round Table. This illustrates the castle turrets against the blue sea and the white tops of the waves. Thank you.
    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. Like you, I find all the Arthurian legends absolutely fascinating. It was the name of the block that first drew me to it.

  2. Carolyn Meyer says:

    Dear Rose, I very much enjoy your patterns and newsletter, thank you very much.

  3. Wow thank you again Rose for this lovely quilt – have a great weekend. I always love your photo’s. Thank you Monica

    • Thanks, Monica. I would have loved to show you a photo of the Malvern Priory, but I forgot to take my camera when we walked through the town. How stupid am I!

  4. Hi Rose 🌹- lovely pattern & colours are perfect – would like to try making this one 👌🏼. Am in Spain 🇪🇸 on holiday & can’t help but seeing tile patterns which gives me so many ideas for quilts 😝. You would love it 👍😛.

    • Hi Dianne. I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Spain getting inspiration for quilts. I love the country. Which part are you staying in?

    • Hi Rose we are in Nerja – lovely place – sunny and very relaxing – sitting on the balcony doing a bit of hand stitching – heaven 😛. Plus a light refreshment!🍷

      • Hi Dianne. Sounds like you’re having a lovely holiday. Light refreshment has to be part of a good holiday!

  5. Debra (Canada) says:

    Rose – I haven’t commented in some time but wanted to say that I hope you continue to do more rectangular quilts. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Debra. Good to hear from you. I always intend to do more rectangular quilts, but then I forget by the time I come to design the next quilt. It’s my age!

  6. Heather Dickerson says:

    Dear Rose,
    Reading that you were in Malvern, made me a little homesick. Here I am in Ft. Worth, Texas and my hometown is Ledbury in Herefordshire, which is just a few miles up the road from Malvern. I went there frequently and still visit Malvern when I return home for a visit. The Malvern Hills are beautiful and bring back so many memories.
    I enjoy your weekly newsletter and beautiful photos and quilt patterns.
    Thankyou for the memories.
    Heather

    • Hi Heather. I used to go through Ledbury to get to Malvern from Ludlow. Such a pretty town. You certainly have chosen a very different climate by moving to Texas! We were so lucky with the weather yesterday – it was just right for a good long walk – although my leg muscles are protesting a bit today.

  7. Sharon Lowe says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely photos of the very fine quilting. You live in a very inspiring district. Really like your new quilt and will have to have a go. Take care and enjoy your weekend. Bye for now Sharon

  8. Hi Rose – another wonderful quilt.

  9. Deborah A Herold says:

    I look forward to your quilt posts, and the patterns are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a great day!

  10. Rose, I concur with the others a lovely pattern. I’m so glad you had
    such an enjoyable day yesterday. Thank you for posting the photos.
    I really like landscape quilts. Enjoy the week-end.

    • Thanks, Mary. Like you, I find landscape quilts really interesting. There was such a lot of amazing detail in the ones at the show.

  11. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    When I first saw the picture the quiltr looked purple, but then I read that it was blue. Still might do it in purple. Have not been sewing yet too many things going on.
    Love taking a walk with you on your adventures. I feel as though I am doing it with you. Love the places you go Thanks for the tours. WE had snow this morning and the weather is suppose to be brutal for the parade tomorrow. Hope your weather will be better.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope your team wins. Happy quilting
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Even though I have a new camera, the colours don’t always come out true. It definitely is a blue fabric, but I agree that it came out looking purple. Of course, the quilt would make up well in purple. Our weather is forecast rain for the parade tomorrow, but I’m hoping that it won’t be heavy rain.

  12. Linda Beyea says:

    I do like the quilt pattern but I enjoyed your day more . What a lovely way to spend a day , quilt show and a walk around the country side . I so do like your sharing your talent and your life with us . Thank you so much , have a wonderful week-end .

    Cheers
    Linda Beyea

    • Thanks, Linda. I was so lucky with the weather – it was a gorgeous sunny day so the whole day was immense fun – even walking far further than I had intended in the Malvern Hills.

  13. Beautiful quilt pattern. Enjoyed learning and seeing lots of photos of Malvern Priory after Googling their website. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Claire – and thanks for the information on the Priory. (Claire managed to find reference to a panel of medieval tiles in the church which I had totally missed). I’m looking forward to a return visit to Malvern to see them.

  14. Why would it matter whether you do square quilts? I suppose it depends what you want to use it for. Although this is fairly complex, with three different techniques for each block, sometimes it’s enjoyable to tackle something that is more of a challenge.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences in Malvern – good to know you’re famous in the quilting world.

    • Hi June. A rectangular quilt matches the shape of a bed, so they are in demand. A square quilt makes a good throw but doesn’t look quite so good on a bed. Ooh I don’t know about famous – just that people have seen my videos so I look familiar to them.

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