Renaissance Attic Windows Quilt

Renaissance attic windows quilt

Renaissance attic windows quilt

I’ve made an attic windows quilt using a lovely new fabric range called Renaissance which has some lovely rich looking fabrics.  I’ve adapted the attic windows block slightly so that I can rotate the blocks to give secondary designs when I sew the blocks together.  The quilt measures 54″ square.  I have used 1/2 yard of the light fabric for the border and cornerstones, with 3/4 yard of each of the remaining four fabrics.  The main square within each block is a floral design – something that you want to showcase – while the first frame around this square is half light and half dark (red and pink in this quilt).  The sashing is a colour (dark) from within the central square and the cornerstones and border are a light colour.

Cutting requirements for the renaissance attic windows quilt

Floral fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ squares

Red script fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares

Pink script fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares

Green sashing fabric:  forty 2.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ rectangles

Light border fabric:  twenty five 2.1/2″ squares for the cornerstones, two lengths 2.1/2″ by 50.1/2″ and two lengths 2.1/2″ by 54.1/2″ for the attic windows quilt border

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the attic windows quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ 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 produces two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Attic windows quilt block layout

Attic windows quilt block layout

Lay the attic windows quilt block with the floral square in the middle and a frame of pink and red.  The 6.1/2″ rectangles are across the top and bottom of the central square with the 8.1/2″ rectangles down the sides.  The half square triangles are placed in the two diagonally opposite corners.

You’ll notice that in the top right hand corner the script in the half square triangle continues the direction of the script in the rectangles either side of it.  In the bottom left hand half square triangle, the direction of the script doesn’t match that on either side of it.  This is mainly because my brain was broadly absent after all the travelling I did this week.  What I should have done is used one diagonal for half of the squares when I made the half square triangles and then used the other diagonal for the remaining squares.

Make three columns of patchwork

Make three columns of patchwork

Completed attic windows quilt block

Completed attic windows quilt block

Sew the patchwork pieces together to make three columns, then sew the three columns together to complete the attic windows quilt block.

You will need to make sixteen of these blocks.  They will be sewn together in four rows of four, but with sashing between each block and between each row of blocks.

Sew a sashing strip between the blocks

Sew a sashing strip between the blocks

Sewing the attic windows quilt blocks together

Place the first block of row one so that the red triangles is bottom right of the block. Place the second block so that the red triangle is bottom left and sew a green sashing strip between them.  Repeat this pairing for the second half of the row.  You should have four blocks with three sashing strips so that there is no sashing at each end of the row.  This placement is the same for rows one and three.

For rows two and four you will need to place the red triangles so that they form a larger red triangle pointing downwards – so the red will be top right and then top left.

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

In order to sew the rows to each other, make up five strips of sashing – four green sashing strips and three light cornerstones in each strip.

Sew one strip above and below row one.  Sew row two to the sashing below row one and then keep adding the rows with sashing.  You will end up with sashing above and below the rows and between each row.

Add sashing strips to the sides

Add sashing strips to the sides

For the sides of the quilt top, make up two strips with five cornerstones and four green sashing strips.  Sew one of these to each side of the attic windows quilt top.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

I decided that the quilt didn’t look finished at this stage, so I added a 2.1/2″ border strip made from the same fabric as the cornerstones.  You’ll need two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the renaissance attic windows 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.

You might also be interested in an attic windows quilt made showing the view outside the window.

Here’s the video:

Elephant ride

Elephant ride

Many of you have been kind enough to ask about my trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa last week.  You can see some of the photos (I took about 500 altogether!) by clicking here.

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  1. Carole Manuel says:

    Hi Rose, Thanks for the latest quilt pattern. I look forward to Fridays as I know I will always be inspired by what you do, though I don’t have as much time for quilting as I would like!
    The holiday sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pics. I do hope the wedding was/will be able to take place eventually.

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Carole. The wedding is now planned to take place with the UK party that had already been planned for December – so we all get to go to another party and Karen gets to wear her wedding dress again!

  2. Linda Slater says:

    I would like to see your pattern for FIRE IN THE HILLS. thanks Linda

    • Hi Linda. Sorry, I don’t think I know that one. If it’s someone else’s pattern I won’t be able to do it for copyright reasons.

  3. Hi Rose, loved this pattern in fact I love all your patterns and how to make them is always very clear. I went and made this block straight away to put with all your others , to keep for future reference. Thank you Rose

  4. Thank you for another of your lovely quilts and sharing your lovely holiday with us ,

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for thinking of us. but you should have taken a week off to catch up on sleep. that was a long trip. Of course I love the quilt and your choice of fabric. You always make it look so easy to do and I can’t wait to start. But.. I have 2 quilts started already. One Christmas and one baby quilt for my cousin who is expecting in October.
    Glad you had a great time even if it was a long flight.
    Take care and rest a little.

    • Thanks, Sandra. Sounds like you are also keeping busy. I must really start to think about Christmas now that my holiday is over.

  6. I couldn’t wait to read your email. I’m so happy that you had a wonderful trip. I love your quilt and the bright colors you chose. Here’s one I know I can make. But first it’s on to making your Christmas table runner. It’s one I really want to tackle.
    Now about your trip. Everything looked so exciting. Beautiful couple, bride, bridesmaids. I got the shudders when I saw the picture of you and Samantha walking with the cheetah. No way would I have ever gone near that big cat.
    Happy that you had a safe trip home and isn’t it great now to be back home?

    • Hi Claire. Good luck with the Christmas table runner – you’re ahead of me as I haven’t had time to think of anything for Christmas yet. Yes, it was a wonderful trip and I feel so privileged to have been able to make the trip and see so much. You’re right, though – it is good to get back to my sewing machine!

  7. Thank you for this pattern. I have some wonderful fabric just waiting to be fondled, cut and pieced!

  8. Lesley Flynn says:

    Hi Rose, I love your patterns. I am not an expert but I love the piecing process, choosing and matching fabrics and sewing shapes together to create wonderful patterns. This latest pattern is just what I am looking for! My 4 year old granddaughter wants me to make her a quilt ‘with roses on’ and I am looking forward to something that doesn’t involve princesses or fairies! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Africa. Best wishes, Lesley

    • Thanks, Lesley. The attic windows quilt sounds ideal for your grand daughter. She’ll keep an interest in roses longer than in princesses.

  9. Carol Tambourine says:

    Love it. This would work so well with Christmas fabric. Thank you.

  10. Nola Strang says:

    Thank you so much for the way you make your quilts easy!! Every time I see your name in my e-mail I go straight to it first. I get so excited! Thank you Rose!

  11. Thank you Rose for sharing the pictures of your fantastic holiday.
    The Tote bag you bought – wouldnt it be wonderful if you could share with us all the delights in making it – once you,ve studied how it,s assembled. Not having any African fabric I would use colourful batiks.

    • Thanks, Irene. Yes, I’m hoping to be able to write a tutorial on the tote bag. As you say, it would look great in batiks.

  12. Johnette Woods says:

    I love all your quilt patterns, Rose! And the videos explain each one so clearly! Thank you!!

    • Thanks, Johnette. I’m glad you find the videos helpful – I always feel so self conscious making them, as if I am talking to myself!