Temple Court Quilt – Free Pattern

Temple court quilt

Temple court quilt

For the Temple Court quilt I have used a very simple alternate block in the middle of the quilt and I think it has made a quilt that has a medallion look to it.  Although the Temple Court block is a stunner, it can be made with only squares and half square triangles.  Altogether I have used nine blocks which are all 16″ square finished size.

The quilt measures 52″ square, using 1.1/4 yard of light purple, 3/4 yards of dark purple with 1.3/4 yards of white.  The two purples that I have used are rather lovely dragonfly fabrics by Inprint Makower.  As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the temple court quilt

8.7/8″ squares:  two purple, two white

4.1/2″ squares:  thirty two lilac, eight white

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  sixty four white

3.3/8″ squares:  thirty two lilac

2.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in lilac and white, with a further sixty four in white only

2.1/2″ squares:  thirty two lilac

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

You need to make half square triangles using both the 2.7/8″ squares and the 8.7/8″ squares.  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 give you two half square triangle units which are now either 2.1/2″ or 8.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.  Incidentally, in case you’re wondering – the seam allowances are pressed towards the darker fabric purely because then there’s less chance of the seam allowance showing through on the top of the quilt.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Make the alternate block

This is really so simple.  Place the four large half square triangles in two pairs with the purple always towards the middle, forming a diamond shape.

Sew the squares together within each pair and then sew the pairs to each other.  That’s it – the central block is complete.  It measures 16.1/2″ square and you need to make just the one block.

Make the diamond in a square sections

Diamond in a square sections

Diamond in a square sections

The diamond in a square sections can be made with four half square triangle units if you prefer, but I prefer to make them by sewing triangles to the edges of a square.

Cut the remaining 2.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal to give two triangles per square.  Begin with a 3.3/8″ lilac square and place a triangle on each edge.  Sew these to the square in pairs – first sew the triangles to the sides of the square.

Add the remaining triangles

Add the remaining triangles

Press the triangles open and then sew the remaining two triangles to the top and bottom.

Trim the triangle tips that stick out in the middle of each edge.  These units are now 4.1/2″ square and you need to make thirty two of them.  If you did want to use half square triangles, you would need four hst’s made from 2.7/8″ squares for each unit.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Make the temple court quilt block

Finally we can lay out all the pieces to make the block.  Place a 4.1/2″ white square in the middle with a pair of half square triangles on each edge and a 2.1/2″ lilac square in each corner.  Note that the lilac triangles together form larger lilac triangles pointing away from the middle.

Temple court quilt block layout

Temple court quilt block layout

The outer frame of the block is now very simple.  Place a 4.1/2″ lilac square in each corner.  Between each pair of corners place a diamond in a square unit with a white rectangle on either side of it.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the pieces togethe across  the top and bottom rows.  In the central row you need to sew together the pieces vertically first – into columns.  On each edge sew the rectangles to either side of the diamond in a square.  In the middle sew each pair of half square triangles together and then sew them to the central square.  Outside of this, sew the two squares and two half square triangles together to make a column either side of the central column.

Now you can sew the pieces together across this central section.  Sew the three rows to each other to complete the temple mount quilt block.  This is now a 16.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of them.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

Make rows one and three with three temple mount blocks sewn together in a row.

Row two

Row two

In row two place the alternate block in the middle with a temple block on either side of it.  Sew the blocks together across the row.

Finally 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 purple fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the temple mount 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:

Winter sunshine

Winter sunshine

Last week I was very slow to reply to emails and comments – my apologies for that.  I was in Spain grabbing a few days of winter sunshine and my internet access was very limited.

I love walking along the beach – even in the winter I’m happy to walk ankle deep in the water.  I’m afraid I’m far too much of a wimp to actually swim in the sea at this time of year.

Bird of Paradise flowers

Bird of Paradise flowers

These Bird of Paradise flowers were a welcome surprise.  I hadn’t expected to see them so early in the year.

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