Anvil Quilt Pattern


Anvil quilt

Anvil quilt

The anvil quilt pattern is one of those that shows more features the more you look at it.  I am so pleased to be able to bring this pattern to you – I have only just finally had my internet connected, which is such a relief!  Still no phone, but at least I can send emails now without having to visit a cafe for their wifi.  Many thanks to Virgin Media for coming to my rescue.

The quilt measures 42″ square and I have used 1/4 yard each of green and grey, 1/2 yard of white and 3/4 yard each of cream and red fabrics.  You could treat this as a scrappy quilt by using up different colours for the four squares in the middle of the block – just make sure that you have two dark and two light.  The anvil quilt uses nine block, each 12″ square finished size.

Completed anvil quilt block

Completed anvil quilt block

Cutting requirements for the anvil quilt pattern

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six cream, eighteen green, eighteen grey – but don’t cut these until you’ve read the pattern as you can use strip piecing to save time.

3.7/8″ squares:  eighteen cream, eighteen red, thirty six white

For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the anvil quilt blocks

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in either red and white or cream and white.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side fo the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

You will need to make these in red and white and also in cream and white.

Use strip piecing

Use strip piecing

For the four squares in the middle of the block I have used strip piecing to save some time.  Sew together a grey and a green 3.1/2″ strip along the length.  Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to give rectangles which are 3.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long – basically a square of grey and a square of green.  These can be used for the four squares in the middle of the anvil quilt block.

Anvil quilt block layout

Anvil quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

The grey and green squares form a four patch in the middle of the block.  There’s a cream/white half square triangle in each corner and there are a cream square and a red/white half square triangle between each pair of corners.  You’ll have to check the photo to be sure of which way to place the half square triangles, but the two white triangles form a larger white triangle which should help with the layout.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make nine of these blocks.

Sew the blocks in three rows of three

Sew the blocks in three rows of three

Assembling the anvil quilt pattern

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three blocks.  You can see now how the cream and white pinwheels start to form where the rows are sewn together.

Sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the anvil quilt pattern top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

My son Ben and his fiancee Katy are getting married tomorrow in Cambridge, so this is going to be a very exciting weekend.  My second son is best man and my daughter is a bridesmaid – we’re all keeping our fingers crossed for good weather!

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  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    So sorry I am late looking at this beautiful pattern. Time is just getting away from me. Was busy watching the granddaughters.
    Hope you had good weather for Ben and Katy’s wedding. Hope also they you enjoyed yourself with family and friends. Thank you for all your great patterns.

    • Thanks, Sandra – don’t worry, I would expect your grand daughters to take first place! Yes, it was a lovely sunny day – obviously we’d organised that!

  2. barbara pearson says:

    i know what it is like not to have a working computer as mine is hit and miss so I have now got my daughter Vanda hocked on your site she can not get enough of your patterns we both hope you had a FAB time at the wedding

    • Thanks, Barbara. The wedding was amazing – the bride looked radiant, weather wonderful – I just couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

  3. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    I like the pinwheel effect as the anvil takes shape. I will definitely give this a try and will let you know how I progress. Thanks for including us in the excitement in your household during Ben & Kathy’s wedding tomorrow. This quilt is a sort of Red flag waving cheer on this happy occasion. Cheers Rose!!!:) Cecilia Alcantar

  4. Love the quilt, colours are really great together . Snap, our youngest daughter marries tomorrow so hope the sun shines on both the happy couples. Enjoy the day.

  5. So pleased your internet is now fixed,love the quilt it has so many different patterns appear when you look into it.Have a wonderful weekend with your family,and I’m sure the wedding will be beautiful,[weather forecast is good].Look forward to seeing some pics,Love carole

  6. Beautiful quilt pattern. Hope to try this one out. Hope you have a wonderful wedding with all the family members and friends. Love looking back at daughters pictures from last May.

  7. Rose, in the midst of all the preparations and waiting for internet you made
    a beautiful quilt. Thank you. What is your secret for having so much energy?

    Rose, have a really lovely day at the wedding. It’s great that your family is flying
    in for the occasion.
    Looking forward to seeing the photos.

    • Thanks, Mary. Don’t forget that sewing is the part of my life that calms me down! I’m definitely hoping to take lots of photos.

  8. What a lovely time you’ll have, especially with relatives attending from all corners of the world. It’s our daughters 1st wedding anniversary today and we have many happy memories of their wedding day as I’m sure you will have of your sons wedding.
    I hope all goes well and the weather plays nicely.

    • Thanks so much, Barbara. I just saw Katy in the beautician’s and she’s looking radiant. Weather forecast is good.

  9. Olive Procyshyn says:

    The weather forecast is good. I am 60 miles from Cambridge Rose and today it is very hot. Hope all goes well tomorrow and you have a lovely day at the wedding. Trust also you are getting used to your new home.

    • Thanks, Olive. You’re right – it’s very warm over here. I’ve left the unpacking behind with great glee.

  10. Sheila Lymn says:

    Hi Rose have a lovely lovely weekend with all your family ,my fingers are crossed you have some good weather love and hugs ,Sheila xxx

  11. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Congratulations Rose on yet again another great quilt top. I can picture this in Christmas colours and used as a table topper. Have a wonderful celebration at Ben and Katy’s wedding, no wonder you were so keen to get the house settlement completed, you didn’t want a hasty move to distract you from the important things in life – FAMILY. Enjoy the celebrations.
    Cheers Marilyn
    PS don’t think I want to talk about cricket for the time being.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I agree – Christmas colours would be great for this pattern. Yes, I didn’t want to be in the middle of moving knowing that this weekend was coming up. Can’t think what you mean about the cricket! A great result!

  12. patricia winne says:

    Thank you for all these lovely patterns. I really enjoy exploring all the possibilities they offer.

  13. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Really like this quilt Rose quite quirky,well done to you for getting it online.Hope you have a fabulous time at the wedding, wishing Ben and his bride to be all the very best.Hope you have gorgeous weather and look forward to seeing the pictures.

  14. Kathy Leonard says:

    Enjoy this special weekend with your family! I hope you’ll share a photo or two. 😀

  15. Christine says:

    What a lovely quilt Rose, thank you for sharing. Makes me think of children dancing.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family & enjoy the wedding.

    • Thanks, Christine. What a lovely thought – children dancing. Katy has two tiny flower girls, so we may see them dancing tomorrow.

  16. Such a striking block and gorgeous pattern Rose – love it. I do hope the weather is kind for your wedding tomorrow and all enjoy a lovely day!

  17. Lucy McGinty says:

    I love the look of this quilt, cannot wait to make it

  18. This looks dificult and requires a clear head – but the finished version is so SO very pretty.

    Pleased you now have your internet connection.

    • Hi June. It’s been a real pain having no internet. Spending so much time in Starbucks or Café Nero led to a bit of a caffeine overload!

  19. Jeannie Acton says:

    Thank you Rose for another great pattern. I hope you enjoyed your day at FoQ. I am the person who spoke to you on the walk from the car park. ?

    • Hi Jeannie. Lovely to meet you yesterday. Yes, I thought the quilts were stunning – what a lot of people though!

  20. It’s beautiful and you have the red in it love it will you be selling kits for it .

    • Hi Irena. I thought you’d like the red. I’ll sort out an anvil quilt kit when I get home on Sunday – I rather ran out of time this morning.