Ornament Quilt – Free Pattern

Ornament quilt

Ornament quilt

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.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

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.

First block layout

First block layout

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 half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Sew a triangle to each edge of the square

Sew a triangle to each edge of the square

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.

Sew the triangles on 2 at a time

Sew the triangles on 2 at a time

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.

Central area of second block

Central area of second block

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.

Second block layout

Second block layout

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.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

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.

Rows 2 and 4

Rows 2 and 4

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.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

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:

Nantes mechanical elephant

Nantes mechanical elephant

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!

Old Fashioned Quilt Block Pattern

Old Fashioned quilt block

Old Fashioned quilt block

The Old Fashioned Quilt Block may seem an odd title as you could be forgiven for thinking that most quilt blocks are old fashioned, but that really is its name.  It’s a five patch block and I have made it here as a 14″ square finished size.  The block has a lovely flowery feel to it.

Cutting requirements for the old fashioned quilt block

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and white, four each in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  eight red, nine blue, four white

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a red or a blue square.  Mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red or blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Layout for one corner

Layout for one corner

Make a corner of the block

Make the four corners of the block and then join these together with the white rectangles.

Each corner has a simple nine patch placement.  In the bottom right there is a four patch unit of red and blue squares with the blue squares following the diagonal from bottom right to top left.  The final square along that diagonal is a white square.  Place a blue/white half square triangle on either side of the white corner with the two blue triangles forming a butterfly shape across the corner.

In the remaining two spaces place red/white half square triangle units.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make four of these corner blocks.

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Old fashioned quilt block layout

Assemble the old fashioned quilt block

Lay the corners out with a white rectangle between each pair of corners and a blue square in the middle.

You have three distinct rows now.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic quilt idea

Basic quilt idea

Quilt Ideas

For a basic quilt idea I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  This gives a very different quilt from what the individual blocks might suggest.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

In order to showcase the blocks better, I then tried using an alternate block made using red and blue half square triangles sewn using 7.7/8″ squares.  I felt that this preserved the design of the quilt block a bit better.

In this case I have used just nine blocks total – five of the old fashioned quilt block and four of the alternate block.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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Nine Patch Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Nine patch jelly roll quilt

Nine patch jelly roll quilt

For this nine patch jelly roll quilt I wanted to make the entire quilt using just one jelly roll.  I nearly succeeded, only needing to add two strips of fabric from stash for the final border.  However, I know that jelly rolls do vary in the number of strips of fabric, so you may be able to complete this quilt with just the jelly roll.

There are lots of jelly roll quilt patterns, but I find that very often they require a jelly roll plus a lot of extra fabric.  The target that I set myself here was to use one jelly roll only.




Computer image to show the quilt design

Computer image to show the quilt design

If you haven’t come across jelly rolls before, they are rolls of fabric cut to 2.1/2″ wide and the strips all come from one fabric manufacturer so they usually all go together well.  It’s a great way of getting a wide variety of fabric without having to buy individual quantities of each fabric.  Although the strips are always the same width, the number of strips within a jelly roll can vary.

Because the fabrics vary so much, I have included a computer image of the quilt here using just a few colours so that you can see the quilt design more clearly.

Sort the fabric strips

Sort the fabric strips

Preparing the fabric

I began by sorting the strips into broadly dark, medium and light strips.  In fact I used the medium strips as either dark or light depending on what I needed and I also used them for the borders.

Make the stripey block

Make the stripey block

Make the stripey block

Sew together three strips of fabric in dark, light, dark colours.  This made a panel 6.1/2″ wide by the length of the strips.  Cut this at 6.1/2″ intervals to make a simple 6.1/2″ square.  This is the stripey block.  You should get six of these from each panel.  I found that I could also cut one 2.1/2″ strip from each panel.

Make the nine patch quilt block

Make the nine patch quilt block

Making the nine patch quilt block

For this block I needed panels of dark, light, dark fabric as above, but also some light, dark, light panels of fabric.  Cut these at 2.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles of fabric 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long.

Place two dark, light, dark strips of fabric with a light, dark, light strip between them as shown in the top right of the photo.  Sew these three strips together to make the nine patch jelly roll quilt block.

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

The completed blocks

Both these quilt blocks are 6.1/2″ square at this stage.  You need to make twenty four of the stripey blocks and thirty nine of the nine patch jelly roll quilt blocks.

In order to do this, I needed to make nine panels of dark, light, dark fabric together with three panels of light, dark, light fabrics.

First three rows of the nine patch jelly roll quilt

Sew the blocks together in nine rows of seven blocks.

First three rows

First three rows

The first row is made with a stripey block at each end and five nine patch blocks between them.  Note that the left hand stripey block is placed with the stripes horizontal while the other stripey block has the stripes vertical.

In the second row the blocks are reversed, with a nine patch block at each end and five stripey blocks between them.  Note that the stripey blocks alternate between horizontal and vertical placements.

For the third row place a three nine patch blocks in the middle with a vertical stripey block either side of them and a nine patch block at each end.

Central area

Central area

Central area of the quilt

The next four rows are very similar to each other.  Each row has three nine patch blocks in the middle and a nine patch block at each end.  Place the stripey blocks in the second and sixth places of each row.

The stripey blocks alternate down the column, beginning with a horizontal block, then vertical beneath it and so on.  This is the only difference between the rows.

Last two rows

Last two rows

Final two rows of the nine patch jelly roll quilt

The last two rows are similar to the first two rows.  For row eight place a nine patch block at each end with five stripey blocks between them.  In row nine place a stripey block at each end with five nine patch blocks between them.  Check whether the stripey blocks are horizontal or vertical.  My intention with the corner blocks was to have them form a sort of circle around the quilt – that’s why they are placed both horizontally and vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.  At this stage the quilt top measures 42.1/2″ by 54.1/2″.

Leftover fabric

Leftover fabric

Make the top and bottom quilt borders

Now my target was to use up the remainder of the jelly roll strips for the borders.  I had six complete strips of fabric and some 6.1/2″ strips left.  Note that you may have a different amount left over as jelly rolls do vary.

Top and bottom borders

Top and bottom borders

I decided to make three borders for the top and bottom of the quilt.

For the first border I used a strip of light fabric.  In the second border I used seven of the 6.1/2″ strips – that’s twenty one squares altogether.

I made the third border with a strip of medium fabric.  Sew the three strips together and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.

Add the side borders

Add the side borders

Make the side borders

By now I was really running short of fabric strips!  I had one light strip left which I didn’t want to use for these borders.  I cut two medium 2.1/2″ strips from my stash and used them with the remaining medium strip and a few individual squares of medium fabric to make two 66.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

That completes the nine patch jelly roll 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:

Peckforton Castle

Pckforton Castle

My travels last week took me into Staffordshire to somewhere called Peckforton Castle.  What a treat that was!  It’s a genuine castle, although not as old as many of our castles.  It was built in the mid 19th century by a railway magnate for his family.  Outside it looks centuries old but inside there are all mod cons – and two lovely restaurants.

 

California Chimney Quilt Block Pattern

California chimney quilt block

California chimney quilt block

The California Chimney quilt block is a delight – easy to make and using three different shades of blue with white.  It is classified as a five patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the California chimney quilt block

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four white, two medium blue

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in light blue and white, two each in light blue and dark blue, four each in light blue and medium blue




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  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 triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the central section

Central section

Central section

I’m showing the central area first.  This is a more simple way of seeing the layout and all the half square triangles are used up in this section.

Place the four dark blue/light blue half square triangles in the middle.  Make sure that the dark blue triangles form a diamond in the middle of the block.

On each edge of this central area place two medium blue/light blue half square triangles.  Make sure that the medium blue triangles form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.  In each corner of this section place a light blue/white half square triangle with the white on the outside, forming the corner of the section.

Full layout

Full layout

California chimney quilt block full layout

For the full layout you now need to add just one more frame.  The top and bottom rows are made with a 6.1/2″ medium blue rectangle in the middle and a white rectangle on either side.

For the sides, place two medium blue squares in the middle of each edge with a white square on either side.

I have chosen to use rectangles in the top and bottom rows but pairs of squares down the sides purely to simplify the sewing.  This way it is straightforward now to sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic California chimney quilt

Basic California chimney quilt

California chimney quilt ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

With added green

With added green

As an alternate design I have simply added one green square in one corner of each block.  I was quite surprised at how much difference this made to the overall look of the quilt.

Here’s the video:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Friendship Quilt – Free Pattern

Friendship quilt

Friendship quilt

The Friendship quilt block has always been one of my favourites.  I have changed the colours slightly to use it in this quilt and teamed it with a large half square triangle for the alternate block.

The quilt measures 58″ square and I have used nine blocks which are 18″ square finished size.  I have used 1/2 yard of white, 3/4 yard of yellow, 1.1/4 yards of red and 2.1/4 yards of black fabric.  The black is rather a pretty Ebor fabric with vibrant coloured pins so I have used bright fabrics to match that colouring.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the friendship quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  twenty black, twenty yellow, forty white

3.7/8″ squares:  forty black, forty yellow

6.1/2″ squares:  five red

18.7/8″ squares:  two black, two red

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a black and a yellow 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 3.12″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central area

Central area

Make the friendship quilt block

The central area of this block is very simple.  Begin with a 6.1/2″ red square.  On each edge of this square place two half square triangles.  Place each pair so that the two black triangles together form a larger black triangle pointing towards the red square.  Now add a yellow square in each corner.

Friendship quilt block layout

Friendship quilt block layout

Lay out the outer frame next.  Outside each pair of half square triangles place another pair of half square triangles.  This time place them so that the two yellow triangles together form a larger yellow triangle pointing towards the red square.  You can see that the black now forms a V shape on each edge of the square.  Place a white square on either side of the half square triangles.  Add a black square in each corner.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sewing the friendship quilt block

The top two and bottom two rows are simple to sew together:  just sew the squares across the rows.

For the middle section you need to sew the half square triangles together vertically first.  Then you can sew the pairs together to form a four patch unit either side of the red square.  Now you can sew the pieces together across this middle section.

Sew the rows together to complete the block.  You need to make five of these.

Sew the triangles together

Sew the triangles together

Alternate quilt block

Fold the 18.7/8″ squares in half along one diagonal.  Press to create a fold line and then cut along the line to make two triangles from each square.

Sew a black and a red triangle together along the longest edge to make a large half square triangle block.  Make four of these.

Assemble the Friendship quilt

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

Lay the blocks out for rows one and three with a friendship block in the middle and a half square triangle on each side of it.  Note that the half square triangle is placed so that the black is beside the friendship block, with the red triangle on the outside, forming the corner of the quilt.

For row two simply sew together three friendship quilt blocks in a row.

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 black fabric to frame the quilt.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Friendship 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:

 

Winners' enclosure

Winners’ enclosure

Last week I visited the British Stitch and Quilt show at Uttoxeter Racecourse.  I just had to show you this delightful topiary horse and jockey in the Winners’ Enclosure.  Isn’t it clever!  (It’s on the right towards the back of the photo).

Best in show

Best in show

The quilts were of course as gorgeous as ever.  This beauty was judged best in show, and deservedly so.

Teapot quilt

Teapot quilt

This one took my fancy because I drink tea by the gallon so the sight of all these different teapots made me chuckle.

It’s always great seeing the work of other quilters, isn’t it?

Oklahoma Twister Quilt Block Pattern

Oklahoma Twister quilt block

Oklahoma Twister quilt block

I have made the Oklahoma Twister quilt block before, but I managed to place one of the half square triangles wrong, so I am writing the pattern again.  This time with the triangles all correct, I hope!

In order to save time, I have also used white rectangles equivalent to either two or three white squares.  The block as I’ve made it is an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Oklahoma Twister quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  six white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four white

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

3.7/8″ squares:  eight red, eight white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

The half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the half square triangle units.  Place a red and a white 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 and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the Oklahoma Twister quilt block

Oklahoma Twister quilt block layout

Oklahoma Twister quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in six rows.  It may look like a maze of half square triangles, but just take it slowly and look at small sections.

First of all, in the middle is a red/white pinwheel formed by four half square triangles.  From each blade of this pinwheel extends a white rosebud shape formed by a square and two triangles.  In the top left the rosebud is to the left of the pinwheel triangle while in the top right the pinwheel is above the pinwheel triangle.

Place the white rosebud to the right of the bottom right pinwheel triangle and beneath the bottom left corner of the pinwheel.

The 9.1/2″ white rectangles are placed in the top and bottom rows, while each of the other rows contains a 6.1/2″ white rectangle.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic Oklahoma Twister quilt image

Basic Oklahoma Twister quilt image

Oklahoma Twister quilt ideas

For the basic quilt design, I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  This gives quite a pleasant swirly look to the quilt.

Using blue in each block

Using blue in each block

For an alternate idea, I changed the white rosebud shapes to light blue and this changes the look to a distinctly floral effect.

Here’s the video:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Oh Susannah Quilt Pattern

Oh Susannah quilt

Oh Susannah quilt

The Oh Susannah quilt block is a simple block that comes in several different versions.  I began with a basic version and then played around with the colours a little to add to the design. I wanted to add a little extra interest to the quilt.

You may be pleased to hear that there aren’t many half square triangles in this quilt.

The quilt measures 52″ square, using sixteen 12″ square finished size blocks.  I needed 1/2 yard of green, 3/4 yard of white, 1 yard of orange and 1.1/4 yards of blue fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

I am holding a spring sale this week giving a 15% discount on all orders over £6 – full details at the bottom of the page.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Oh Susannah quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  fifty six white, forty green, sixty four blue

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two blue, thirty two orange

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen blue

For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ orange strips across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a blue and an orange 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.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Oh Susannah quilt block layout

Oh Susannah quilt block layout

Make the basic Oh Susannah quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

Place four half square triangles in the middle with the orange triangles together forming a diamond shape.  Lay white squares in three of the corners with a green square in the fourth corner.  Place a blue rectangle above and below the central diamond, with two blue squares on each side of it.

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

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Alternate Oh Susannah quilt block

In this version of the block I have added even more green squares.  Lay the squares out once again in four rows of four.  The central area is the same as in the block above, but there is a green square on each edge of the block.

If you follow the outer frame round clockwise from the top left hand corner, you’ll see that the squares follow the sequence white, blue, green on each edge.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  Make eight of these.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the Oh Susannah quilt

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  For rows one and three alternate the blocks across the row, beginning with the basic block.

Rows two and four

Rows two and four

For rows two and four alternate the blocks again, this time beginning with the alternate block.

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

Use 2.1/2″ strips of orange fabric for the quilt border.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Oh Susannah 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:

Spring blossom

Spring blossom

We’ve been enjoying wonderful weather here in Birmingham this week – lots of lovely sunshine to bring out gorgeous displays of spring blossom.

I decided that it’s a good time to hold my spring sale, so there’s a 15% discount on everything in the shop.  No coupon code required – the discount will be applied automatically at checkout on all orders over £6.  To take a look at some of the lovely fabrics, click here.

 

Lincolns Platform Quilt Block

Lincolns Platform quilt block

Lincolns Platform quilt block

The Lincolns Platform quilt block is usually made in red and white, but I’ve chosen to make it here in red and yellow.  I’ve made it as a 14″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Lincolns Platform quilt block

4.7/8″ squares:  two red, two yellow

2.1/2″ squares:  thirteen yellow, eight red

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four red




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red and a yellow 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 to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the corners of the block

Make the corners separately

Make the corners separately

Sew the four corners of the block first – this is by far the most simple way to make the block.

Place a half square triangle with the yellow triangle on the bottom right.  Across the top place a red and a yellow square.  Down the left hand side place three squares:  yellow, red, yellow.

Make two columns

Make two columns

Sew the two top squares to each other and then sew them to the top of the half square triangle.

Join the three squares down the side to make a column.  Sew the two columns to each other.  This forms one corner of the block so you need to make four of these altogether.

Lincolns platform quilt block layout

Lincolns platform quilt block layout

Assemble the Lincolns Platform quilt block

Lay the corners out as shown.  Note that the corners are rotated so that the yellow triangle is always nearest the middle and there is always a yellow square in the corner.

Place a red rectangle between each pair of corners and a yellow square in the middle of the block.

Sew the pieces together across each of the three rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Lincolns Platform quilt block.

Basic Lincolns Platform quilt image

Basic Lincolns Platform quilt image

Quilt design ideas

For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  Quite interesting the way you get a shoofly type design appearing where the blocks join together.

Using an alternate block

Using an alternate block

For an alternative design idea, I have made four alternate blocks of a diamond in a square and placed these in the corners.  This is also quite an interesting design, I think.

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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.

 

Chisholm Trail Quilt Block Pattern

Chisholm Trail quilt block

Chisholm Trail quilt block

The Chisholm Trail quilt block is a really simple block that makes up nicely in red, blue and white.  It’s classified as a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Chisholm Trail quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  seven red, seven white

3.1/2″ squares:  two blue




Make the half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red and a white 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.  They are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make the Chisholm Trail quilt block

Chisholm Trail quilt block layout

Chisholm Trail quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  Make a four patch unit in the middle with two blue squares and two red/white half square triangle units.  Place these so that the red triangles form a butterfly shape in the middle of the block.

In each corner of the block place a half square triangle with the red on the outside.  Between each pair of corners place a pair of half square triangles, laying them so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

Basic Chisholm Trail quilt idea

Basic Chisholm Trail quilt idea

Chisholm Trail quilt ideas

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  The red seems to form grid lines along the diagonals which is quite attractive.

Same quilt with some rotations

Same quilt with some rotations

In the second idea, there may not seem to be much of a change, but there are a lot more secondary designs showing up.  All I have changed is the rotation of the blocks.  If you concentrate on the direction of the blue squares, you’ll see that I have rotated half the blocks.  This gives an impression of diamonds rather than the grid lines in the first quilt which I found far more pleasing.

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Rose

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