I love quilts that look three dimensional. This one is given depth by the triangles in the corners and I’m really pleased with it. The quilt measures 62″ square. It is made with sixteen 12″ blocks in four rows of four. I have used 1/4 yard each of eight different fabrics, 1 yard each of the focus fabric and white, and 1/2 yard of black fabric. The focus fabric appears in the middle of each box, along the top of each box and in the quilt border. That draws the quilt together.
Cutting requirements for the raised box quilt
three 2.1/2″ wide strips in each of the eight colour fabrics
four 2.1/2″ wide strips of black fabric
fourteen 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric, thirty two 2.1/2″ white squares
ten 2.1/2″ strips of focus fabric
eight 2.7/8″ squares in both black and the focus fabric
Making the raised box quilt blocks
Split the eight colour fabrics into four pairs of colours. Begin with a 2.1/2″ square of focus fabric for the centre of the raised box block. Cut two 2.1/2″ red squares and sew them above and below the central square. Cut two 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles and sew one to either side. The first round is made with one colour of a pair and the second round is made with the other fabric of the pair.
Take the other colour fabric that you have paired with the first fabric and cut two 6.1/2″ strips and two 10.1/2″ strips. Sew the 6.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom and sew the longer strips to the sides. Make another square like this one and make two more squares with the colours reversed – the dark red around the focus square and the light red on the outside.
Repeat with all the other pairs of fabrics, making four squares from each pair of fabrics – two of them with the colours reversed from the first layout. Press the seam allowances away from the central square.
Adding the final frame to the raised box quilt blocks
You should now have sixteen squares. The next steps are the same in all sixteen of them. First make half square triangles using eight 2.7/8″ squares in black and focus fabric. 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 to produce two half square triangle units.
Cut a 10.1/2″ black strip and a 10.1/2″ focus strip for each block and cut two 2.1/2″ white squares for each block. Mark a line along the diagonal on the wrong side of the white squares.
Place the black and focus strips beside the patchwork square with the black strip on the left hand side and the focus strip across the bottom. I think it’s important to line these up as they will appear on the block so that you can be sure of getting the correct diagonal sewn on the white square. The black/blue half square triangle is placed bottom left between the black and the blue rectangles. Place the squares on the ends of the black and focus strips with right sides together and the diagonal going from bottom left to top right.
Sew along the marked line on the white diagonal. Cut 1/4″ away from the seam line – the top left triangle in the photo. Discard the white and black triangles and fold down the remaining white triangle to complete the rectangle. Repeat with the white square on the focus rectangle so that both the rectangles now end in a white triangle.
Sew the focus rectangle to the bottom of the quilt block. Sew the half square triangle to the bottom of the black rectangle. Sew the black rectangle to the left hand side of the block. Repeat with all the blocks.
Sew the raised box quilt blocks together
Cut twelve 12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white rectangles for the sashing to join the blocks together. Sew one white strip between two blocks. Make four rows of four quilt blocks. Each row will have four blocks and three sashing strips, so there is no sashing at either end of the row. I have moved the colours along with each row, so that if red is first in the first row then it will be second in the second row and so on. I have also alternated the colourings, so that the block with dark red on the outside is in the first row, but the block with dark red on the inside is in the second row.
Sew the rows of blocks together with strips of white fabric. You will need five strips 54.1/2″ long so that you have one strip at the top and bottom as well as one strip between each row.
Sew a 58.1/2″ white strip down each side of the quilt so that all the blocks are now completely enclosed in white fabric.
The raised box quilt border
For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the focus fabric – two lengths of 58.1/2″ on the top and bottom and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides. That completes the raised box quilt top which is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of this page: http://ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/beginner-quilting/
Last week I had one of my delightful trips to the Fabric Freedom warehouse: take a look at some of the quilting fabrics I now stock.
Here’s the quilt pattern video:
I have made a very small quilt especially to show how you can use different sized squares to make up one size of quilt block. You may find it useful when you are designing your own quilt pattern. Click on quilt block design to see it.