With 2012 being the year of the Queen’s diamond jubilee I thought that it would be appropriate to show you this Jubilee quilt block. The last diamond jubilee celebration was in 1897 for Queen Victoria so this year should be quite a celebration. The Jubilee quilt block is a lovely block using four shades of colour fading from dark in the middle to very light towards the edges. I have used blue because I had plenty of shades of colour in blue, but I suspect that golds and yellows would be more appropriate. I have made a 16″ quilt block.
white fabric: thirteen 2.1/2″ squares, twenty four 2.7/8″ squares,
in the lightest and darkest blues: five 2.7/8″ squares
in the other two blue fabrics: seven 2.7/8″ squares
Making the Jubilee quilt block
This quilt block is made almost entirely from half square triangle units. Make these by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and then cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Make all the half square triangle units by placing a white 2.7/8″ square with a blue 2.7/8″ square as above. Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight. The left hand side of the first two rows is shown on the left and the right hand side of the same two rows is shown on the right.
Once you have the first two rows in place it is relatively easy to buil up the remaining rows of patchwork squares. The photos show the progression with four rows and then six rows in place.
When all the rows are in place, begin to sew them together in pairs as shown on the right. It’s then fairly simple to sew these pairs of squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.