Rosemary Quilt Pattern

Rosemary quilt

Rosemary quilt

The Rosemary Quilt Pattern:  how have I managed to spend all these years not knowing there’s a quilt block named after me!  Okay, it’s named after the Rosemary plant but I can always pretend.

I’ve played around with the colours a bit – adding a little yellow to give the quilt some pop even though I know that the Rosemary flower is not yellow.  I’ve used nine 20″ blocks with two borders.

The quilt measures 68″ square, using 1/2 yard of yellow fabric, 3/4 yard each of lilac and white, 1.1/2 yards of purple and 3 yards of green fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Rosemary quilt block

Rosemary quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Rosemary quilt

2.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and forty four purple

2.7/8″ squares:  seventy two each in yellow and white, thirty six each in lilac and white, seventy two each in lilac and green, eighteen each in purple and green

2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  seventy two green

2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six green

2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″:  thirty six green

For the border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of green cut across the width of fabric, seven 2.1/2″ strips of purple cut across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the rosemary quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above.  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.

These are now 2.1/2″ squares and you just need to clip the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.  I know this seems like a lot of half square triangle units, but it’s a big quilt and there are even more squares and rectangles in the design!

Diagonals of the rosemary quilt block

Diagonals of the rosemary quilt block

I found it most simple to lay out the diagonals of the quilt block first and then fill in the rest.  In the middle there are four purple/green half square triangles, placed so that the green triangles form a central diamond.  There are four purple squares following each diagonal leading out from each corner of the central square.

Corner units

Corner units

Next add the squares to form the nine patch corner units.  There are two yellow white half square triangles along the edges on either side of the purple corner square.  These are placed so that the yellow triangles come together to form larger yellow triangles pointing away from the edge of the block.  There are two lilac/white half square triangles filling in the two remaining spaces of this nine patch unit.  They are placed so that the lilac triangles point at each other, forming a butterfly shape.

Add the purple/green half square triangles

Add the purple/green half square triangles

Fill in the rest of the diagonals with lilac/green half square triangle units.  These are always placed so that the lilac triangles continue to form the butterfly shapes around the purple squares.  You’ll end up with a larger green triangle formed by two green triangles between the diagonals at the middle of the block.

Fill in the green top and bottom of the block

Fill in the green top and bottom of the block

The remaining sections are all green.  For the top and bottom sections you’ll need two 8.1/2″ rectangles and one 4.1/2″ rectangle to complete those sections.

Complete rosemary quilt block layout

Complete rosemary quilt block layout

The configuration is slightly different for the sides of the block, but only because I wanted to keep the block simple to sew together.  You’ll need two 4.1/2″ rectangles and two 6.1/2″ rectangles for each side.

You can now sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the rosemary quilt block.

Make nine of these and sew them together in three rows of three.  The block is completely symmetrical so there are no rotations to worry about – it looks the same whichever way you look at it.

Add the quilt borders

Add the quilt borders

Add the rosemary quilt border

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green.  You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

The second border is made with 2.1/2″ purple strips.  You’ll need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the rosemary 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:

Roman blind

Roman blind

I’ve made my first roman blind and as many of you suggested, it wasn’t that difficult to make.  I’m using the peacock quilt on the floor of the bathroom so I made the blind with the same peacock fabric and I’m really pleased with it.  I’m stupid enough that I managed to worry about some parts of the kit that I didn’t use, but they turned out to be spares!



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  1. Francine Lundeen says:

    Love the quilt specially the second surprise pattern. Did I miss how you made the Bath Mat? Is it out of quilters’ cotton? Of course I love it and would like to make one.

  2. Charles Alcantar says:

    Rose, what wonders you discover like this lovely quilt with your name. Many hours go by as each of us journey through life with our interest in either quilting or sewing or crafting. I relish reading your emails and learn so much each week. Thanks again.
    Cecilia Alcantar

  3. Heather Sipe QUILTER3333 says:

    I can’t wait to start this pattern!!! I love all of your tutorials as well…thanks for sharing your talent with us!!!

  4. Another triumph Rosemary! Really unusual and very attractive quilt. Your use of a quilt for a bathmat is such a creative idea and it looks wonderful with your new Roman blind (well done!) – a truly original bathroom which looks stunning.

    • Thanks, June – and thanks for the re assurance that I could make a blind! As you said, it’s simple if you follow the instructions and don’t panic.

  5. Love your Bathroom mat and blind Rose.The mat is a wonderful idea for folk who need smaller sized projects.Thanks so much Rose for all your sharing,I love hearing all your news,xxx

    • Hi Carole. I’ve covered most of my rooms with patchwork of some description or another – it gives me a thrill to see it everywhere.

  6. Rosemary harding says:

    Hi Rose
    Thank you once again for a lovely quilt, I didn’t know there was a quilt named after me.
    Like you said it after a plant, maybe that’s how I got my name.
    I love the bathroom rag I would not of thought of using just material for such a beautiful thing as a rag for the bathroom. And I have made blind for my bedroom some time ago. And for the kitchen. But I used just a rod and the rest I got from the shops,It seemed to work out ok.
    Happy sewing weekend I just don’t know how you manage to do of what you do I just manage to make one quite at a time.
    I love what you do thank you so much
    Rosemary from Kessingland Suffolk.

    • Hi Rosemary. It’s nice to pretend that the block is named after us, isn’t it! I was expecting the blind to be more complicated than it was, but the kit I bought provided all the hanging bits so I only needed to provide the fabric and lining.

  7. Moira Ismay says:

    Hi Rose.
    What a great quilt. I love the colours. The blind is lovely.

  8. Wow, that’s beautiful, but looks a little time consuming. I LOVE your bathroom curtain.

    • Hi Linda. There are more squares than usual because they’re smaller, but against that the block itself is quite large – you could make a decent sized quilt with just four blocks.

  9. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the colours and the pattern looks easy especially the way you explain it. Love your blind and bathmat too. Never thought to use a quilt as a bathmat but now you have my creative juices flowing. Backing it with a towel would work. I’ll think on that. Was cold and rainy here too just wanted to lock myself away.
    Have a great weekend Happy Quilting

    • Hi Sandra. It’s quite nice being able to change your bathmat – although this one will have to last me out as it matches the blind. I’ve also been experimenting with making bed linen, but haven’t had time to write up the projects yet.

  10. Oh Rose, you have done it again. You have chosen my favorite colors. Your quilt is stunning. And I really like your shade and the bathmat. Do you have a pattern for the bathmat? It looks like you’re slowly getting there decorating your home. Time now to give Minnie and your embroidery machine a little attention. Have you had time to do a bit of applique quilting?

    • Hi Claire. Glad you like the colours – I hadn’t realised that those were your colours. For the bathmat I used the peacock quilt and you can find the pattern here: I used a quilt I’d made some time ago so it is backed with normal fabric, but if you’re making a bathmat it’s probably better to use towelling for the backing. You’re right – Minnie and the embroidery machine are crying out for some attention – I just have a few more jobs to do on the house and then I’ll get stuck in with them.

  11. Jane Claber says:

    I really like the quilt, especially as I’m fond of the herb rosemary, for remembrance. And the blind and mat look great too. I made a small patchwork mat for the downstairs loo and bought some cut-upable non-slip backing from Dunelm Mills, which stops the mat slipping, lifts up and peels off easily if need be and doesn’t leave any stickiness on the wooden floor. My handy household tip of the day!
    Have a great weekend Rose.

    • Hi Jane. Thanks for the idea. I was worried that my bathmat might slip but the flooring is non-slip so it hasn’t been a problem. I bought my blind kit from Dunelm and will look out for their non slip backing next time I’m there.

  12. Your blog spot and weekly quilt patterns lift my spirits each week. I love your blogs and you make quilt patterns ‘doable’ for a novis such as I. I only began to quilt, although a life long sewist, this last year after losing both my grown daughter and my 95 yr old Mom. My first quilt is , for me, a memory quilt for my daughter. She had begun to teach herself to quilt just before she died and I am using one of her fabric pieces as the center or ‘heart’ of my quilt. Thank you so much for your lovely projects and often ‘humerous’ anecdotes. I just love your posts and look forward to Friday to see what you’ve been up to.

    • Hi Sandy. Thanks so much for your comments. What a terrible year it has been for you. Quilting is considered to be therapeutic and I hope that you are finding some solace from your quilts. A memory quilt sounds a wonderful way to remember your daughter.

  13. Judie gresham says:

    Do you have a pattern for the roman shade

    • Hi Judie. I didn’t take any photos while I was making the blind because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I used a kit and basically just had to follow their instructions. I intend to make two more blinds and I’ll make sure I take photos and video so that I can post a tutorial of one of them.

  14. Great quilt (as always). Thanks a bunch. I really love your bathroom rug and blind. I will have to try something like that for my bath. Thanks again for great quilts.

    • Thanks, April. Normally I would use towelling for the backing fabric on a bathmat, but in this case it’s just normal backing fabric and it seems to be working okay.

  15. Rose, Never heard of this block. Isn’t it a beauty? Love your roman blind.
    Thank you Rose Happy sewing week-end.

  16. Hi Rose
    What a lovely quilt, I think I might be tempted when I get time. I was very impressed at the peacock on the floor in the bathroom! I’m not so sure I could walk on something so lovely! I just wish I could find more time to sew but I run 4 Knit and Natter groups, 1 sewing group, attend patchwork twice a month and attend a tailoring group once a month and run a book club as well as the gym, walking the dog and general sorting the house out. I could do with another lifetime!

    Than you for the email and keeping us up to date – I just don’t know how you manage it all. I am planning to use a lot of my stash which is small compared to most, to make cushions, bags and a lap quilt. We’ll see….

    Take care


    • Hi Sheila. I feel tired just listening to how much you do! Cushions and bags are great ways of using up stash. I’m busy making Linus quilts at the moment to use up my stash.