RAISED BOX QUILT PATTERN


Raised box quilt

Raised box quilt

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

Focus square surrounded by red fabric

Focus square surrounded by red fabric

Sew the red strips to the sides

Sew the red strips to the sides

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.

 

 

 

Add a dark red frame

Add a dark red frame

Press the seam allowances away from the middle

Press the seam allowances away from the middle

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Raised box quilt block layout

Raised box quilt block layout

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.

 

Mark the diagonal on the white square

Mark the diagonal on the white square

The focus strip across the bottom

The focus strip across the bottom

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 diagonal

Sew along the marked diagonal

Fold the white triangle down

Fold the white triangle down

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 blue rectangle to the block

Sew the blue rectangle to the block

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

Sew white sashing between the blocks

Sew white sashing between the blocks

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.

 

 

Join the rows with sashing

Join the rows with sashing

Sew a white strip down each side

Sew a white strip down each side

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

Focus fabric for the quilt border

Focus fabric for the 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:

Quilt block size options

Quilt block size options

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.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Wow, I love this quilt. I do love 3D effects and this block isn’t hard to do. Another one on my list 😀
    Thanks a lot for the pattern and instructions.

  2. Joan Howard says:

    Go chill at the quilt show – the U.F.O’s will still be there when you get back all calm and refreshed ready to take on the pile!
    Love Joan
    PS We fly on Friday 3rd. May and I give up this infernal contraption on 30th April. Look forward to contacting you again when we get settled in the UK
    Love Joan, South Africa

    • Hi Joan. You’re right – the quilt show will do me good. Not long now till you arrive here. I won’t depress you by telling you about the foul weather that we are having ……

  3. Love it!!!!
    You are such a great inspiration.

  4. Thank you very much for the Tutorial! The quilt is beautiful and original!
    With regard to your question… I would go to the show that will not be repeated tomorrow… quilting can be done tomorrow and the next day!
    Have a beautiful day!

  5. pat volk says:

    Dear Rose, I don’t know much about quilting but homeschooled for many years. As far as your teaching abilities go, you have “mad skills”! Thanks so much for your website.

  6. What a dilemma. A quilt show or catching up.
    I know which I’d do. Catching up can be done anytime but the show?
    Get in your car and enjoy the show. You can tell us all about it. Maybe even some photos,
    Great Tutorial

  7. Ellen harper says:

    In regards to your dilemma as whether to go to the quilt show or finish quilt tops, I have a small story from my own life. I live in a beautiful place with many fruit trees all around me. One spring an apple tree just below the house was in spectacular bloom. Really so beautiful it was enchanting. I thought to my self that I should go down to the field and enjoy the beauty of that tree, but I was busy with many things todo and so I let the moment slip by me. After all the tree would be there next year, but my landlord decided for some reason to cut the tree down shortly after the last blossom dropped . Why does not matter, what mattered was I lost that opportunity to revel in the beauty of the tree that spring. I think of this when ever I see the spot the tree had been.
    All this is a long winded way of saying, go to the quilt show, the unfinished tops will still be there when you go back. There might be an opportunity that will never come again. Never be too busy to enjoy a moment of beauty.
    If you go to the show, please post pictures so we can share in your experience.
    Also I wanted you to know I do enjoy all your posts and quilts.
    Thanks, Ellen

    • Thanks, Ellen. What a thought provoking story. Someone said ‘never regret what you have done, only what you have not done’ so I think that I will definitely head off to the quilt show.

  8. Hi quilt looks good you clever.
    Go to the show enjoy yourself theres always going to be work to do.Im going to quilting uk at showground at malvern 19th may looking forward to it.thanks again for interesting emails.

    • Thanks, Shirley. Yes, I’m convinced – I’ll definitely go to Uttoxeter. I’m also hoping to get to the Malvern show next month. It’s such a pretty area and not far from Ludlow.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my that is so neat,I love the idea and so easy. Can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Everything was clear and easy to understand. Really like the 3D image and video showed quite well how to put it all together.

  10. I can’t say enough about all your quilts. You keep coming up with the most beautiful designs and the Raised Box quilt is another winner. I am a newbie quilter and have chosen to make in a larger size the Quilt Block Size Option quilt. I started with 5″ charm squares and foolishly washed them after they were cut. The 5″ and all the smaller sizes will now be saved and Your quilt block size option quilt will also have saved the day. Thank you.

  11. DizzyDonna says:

    This will be an excellent pattern to use up my scraps and make charity Project Linus quilts. I so enjoy your videos and no-nonsense pattern instructions. Thank you.

  12. Hi Rose,
    No contest, go to the quilt show, i used live in Boylestone and uttoxeter market was one of our days out, would love to be able to hope on a bus and visit. we have just had a small affair here at
    Valencia(spain) , show us some photos. Marion

    • Hi Marion. Yes, I think I will go to Uttoxeter tomorrow. My brother lives in Teruel, not so far from Valencia. When I was there they took me to a lovely quilting shop in Beceite.

  13. Hi Rose
    This is an amazing tutorial. I am trying to finish my jewel box quilt (your pattern) and then I will try this one…its an awesome pattern. Have fun at the show!
    Regards
    Maria

  14. Thank U for making such nice tuts to follow. Especially for some of us that can’t get out.
    U make my day when I see ur e-mails in my box!!

  15. Thank you so much Rose for giving us these pattern instructions. I,ve always had a penchant for this block, now I,ve no excuse. I,m hoping to get to Malvern on the first day (Thursday). Here,s hoping the weather is good.
    Regards
    Irene

  16. Mary Ellen says:

    I love your tutorials! I am saving them in a special folder for use as I tackle my bucket list. I do hope you enjoy the quilt show. You will be refreshed and inspired. I wish you would do a tutorial on how to make the 3D tumbling blocks without the y-seams. I’ve seen it done but don’t even know what it is called or how to even begin. Is it on your “to do” list? Thanks again for your great lessons with your super newsletter.

    • Thanks, Mary Ellen. Glad you like the tutorials. You’re not the first to ask for a tumbling blocks, so I really must try and do one soon.

  17. Hi Rose, I have only recently found you and i am so glad i have, i love your tutorials and patterns. Am a bit of a novice so find your videos a real help you make it look so easy. Love the box quilt, thanks so much and enjoy the quilt show. ( dont spend too much!!)
    Marilyn

  18. Dear Rose,
    You are so clever always such lovely patterns,I really love it, just another to add to my list.
    Rhoda

  19. Another beautiful quilt which looks horrendously
    difficult but you break it down and make it easy thank
    you Rose

  20. Rose, thank you again for a wonderful pattern and tutorial. You have truly been a blessing to me. Please keep them coming.

  21. Thank you Rose I like it you always give us
    very good tutorial.

  22. Another winner rose! Just one more to put on my to do list! Keep them coming!. Brilliant!

  23. Rose – You have once again taken something that looks complicated and made it seem easy. I love this one and am going to add it to my Ludlow patterns.

  24. Marta Alfaro says:

    Gracia por compartir tus conocimientos. Siempre me lleno de alegria cuando me llega tu información. Yo soy de Costa Rica y quiero decirte que mi casa es la tuya para cuando quieras visitarme. HASTA PRONTO

    • Google’s translation: Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’m always overjoyed when I get your information. I’m from Costa Rica and want to tell you that my house is yours when you want to visit. SOON

      Thank you, Marta. You are very kind.

  25. Thank you Rose I love this quilt . You are soooo kind sharing your knowledge with us . I shall enjoy making this
    Happy sewing have a great day out welsh mary in yorks x

  26. Each pattern you share, I always think ” oh, this is my favorite!” Please enjoy the quilt show!! And thank you for sharing your patterns. My grandmother was an avid quilter. She recently passed and I have several of her quilts to finish. I will be starting this one when I finish with . Again, thank you so much!

  27. I subscribe to a number of sites and spend way too much time on the internet looking at possibilties for quilting, etc. but I just need to tell you, you have some of the best stuff out there!! AND all your instructions/tutorial/patterns are easy to follow and understand. I thought it was time for a “that a girl” pat on the back. Thanks for all you do and sharing it with us:-)
    Appreciative in MN/USA

  28. olá…. lindos projetos , estou muito feliz de receber todos aprendizado de patchwork estou maravilhada…. parabéns…. BRASIL

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