The idea for the Ornament quilt came from one of Owen Jones designs – but it looks very different now from the original design. I have designed two different quilt blocks and alternated them across the rows.
The blocks are both very simple, with hardly any half square triangles to make.
The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen blocks which are all 15″ square finished size. I needed 1.3/4 yards of white with 1.1/2 yards each of red and blue fabrics. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the ornament quilt
4.3/4″ squares: eight blue
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen red, eight each in blue and white
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen blue
6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles: sixteen blue
9.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles: sixteen blue
9,1.2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: thirty two white
5″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen white, sixteen blue
9.1/2″ by 5″ rectangles: sixteen red
3.1/2″ by 8″ rectangles: sixteen blue, sixteen white
For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric.
Make the first block
Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows as shown. Place a red 5.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangle in the top and bottom rows, with a 3.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ blue or white rectangle on either side. In the top row the white is on the left while in the bottom row the white is on the right.
Make the two middle rows with 3.1/2″ by 8″ blue and white rectangles side by side. In the second row place the white on the left but in the third row place the white on the right.
Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the block. It now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of these.
Make the half square triangle units
You just need two half square triangles for each of the second blocks.
Place a 3.7/8″ blue and white 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 half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the diamond in a square
The central area of this block is a diamond in a square. Cut the 3.7/8″ red squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square. Place one triangle on each edge of the blue 4.3/4″ square.
Sew the top and bottom triangles to the square and then press them open with the seam allowances towards the red triangle.
Now you can sew the triangles to the sides of the blue square. Press these open and you will have a blue diamond in a red square.
Note the triangle tips sticking out in the middle of each edge – trim these to reduce bulk in the seams.
Make the second block
Place the diamond in a square in the middle of the second block. Sew a 2″ by 6.1/2″ blue rectangle to the top and bottom and sew 2″ by 9.1/2″ blue rectangle to either side.
For the next frame, sew a 3.1/2″ by 8″ white rectangle to the top and bottom of the block. Make a column on the left with a 3.1/2″ blue square, another 3.1/2″ by 8″ white rectangle and a blue/white half square triangle at the bottom of the column.
On the right hand side, make a similar column but with the triangle at the top and the square at the bottom of the column.
Sew the three columns to each other to complete the block. This now measures 15.1/2″ squares and you need to make eight of these.
Assemble the ornament quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four, alternating them across each row.
In rows one and three, begin with a diamond in a square block and then alternate across the rows. Note that the diamond in a square blocks are placed with a blue square on top left of the block, while the stripey blocks are placed with the red rectangles vertical.
For rows two and four begin with a stripey block and then alternate the blocks across the rows.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Ornament quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the ornament 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:
Last weekend I visited Nantes in France for their quilt show. What a wonderful weekend that was! I have written about both the quilt show and the amazing mechanical elephant in a separate article. You can read all about them here.
I’ve also included a short video of the elephant in action – he’s so realistic that he even blinks his eyes!