The queens crown quilt block dates back to the 1930’s and it’s a huge block – well, it is as I made it. It could be made a lot smaller with tiny patchwork squares but I try to keep my quilt patterns as easy to make as possible. Quite apart from it being appropriate in this Jubilee year, I also like the way it looks a bit like a mosaic tile pattern. This quilt pattern uses 3/4 yard each of the main fabrics and 1/2 yard of the red border fabric. This is just for the quilt top so you would need more for the binding and backing. The finished quilt is 40″ square.
Making the quilt
The overall quilt design is made using several simple blocks and two of these are made using panels made of three strips of fabric. Make one panel by sewing together a strip each of light, dark and light fabric and another panel by sewing together a strip each of dark, light, dark fabric.
From the light, dark, light panel cut nine strips 2.1/2″ wide and from the dark, light, dark panel cut eighteen strips 2.1/2″ wide. These are for the nine patch units.
For the nine patch units sew together one strip of light, dark, light with two strips of dark, light, dark fabric as shown on the left.
For the other block from these panels, cut four strips at 6.1/2″ from the light, dark, light fabric.
The last blocks needed are half square triangle units. These are made by placing a 6.7/8″ square of light and dark fabric 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 triangles. You will need eight of these. Cut four 6.1/2″ squares in the dark fabric and you can now assemble the lap quilt top.
Making the quilt
Lay the blocks out as shown. I know the bottom row doesn’t show up but it is the same as the top row. This lap quilt is symmetrical in all directions.
Sew the quilt blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows together.
I used three quilt borders to frame this lap quilt. The first border was a 1.1/2″ strip of light fabric. Cut two lengths at 30.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 32.1/2″ for the sides.
Sew the quilt blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.
The second border is made using 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Cut two lengths at 32.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths at 38.1/2″ for the sides. The third and final border is anothe 1.1/2″ strip of light fabric. Cut two at 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two at 40.1/2″ for the sides.
The queens crown lap quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.
Here’s the video: