Owen Jones Quilt – Free Pattern

Owen Jones quilt

Owen Jones quilt

The Owen Jones quilt is perhaps wrongly named because I’ve designed this quilt very very loosely on an Owen Jones pattern design.  You can see what Wikipedia says about him:

Owen Jones (15 February 1809 – 19 April 1874) was an English-born Welsh architect. A versatile architect and designer, he was also one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today.

Original Owen Jones design

Original Owen Jones design

The design that I began working from – as you can see the connection between this and the quilt is fairly loose!

Please don’t look at it and think it looks too complicated for you.  I have only used half square triangles, squares and rectangles to design the blocks.

The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used nine 16″ square (finished size) blocks. You need to use 3/4 yard each of dark blue and white with 1 yard of red and 1.1/4 yards of light blue fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Owen Jones quilt

2.7/8″ squares:  nine each in dark blue/light blue, sixty three each in light blue/white, fifty four each in dark blue/white

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six dark blue

2.1/2″ squares:  thirty six light blue

2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles:  eighteen light blue, eighteen red

For the border you need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations 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.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.

You need to make these in light blue/white, dark blue/white and light blue/dark blue.

Make the central area of the block

Layout of the central area

Layout of the central area

I have shown the layout of the central area separately before the full layout for the block.

Place four light blue squares in each corner of this area.  The light blue/dark blue half square triangles are placed at the end of the fourth row and the beginning of the fifth row.  Everywhere else there are light blue/white or dark blue/white half square triangles only.

Rather than trying to list the squares individually, I think it’s best for me to point out the larger shapes within the area which can be used to make sure that the placement is correct.

The most obvious of these are the two dark blue diamonds within white frames and the two crown shaped dark blue shapes in the middle – the left hand one pointing upwards while the right hand one points downwards.  Running down the sides of the central area, there are two larger light blue triangles formed by placing two light blue triangles side by side.

When you are happy with the placement, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Owen Jones quilt block layout

Owen Jones quilt block layout

Complete the Owen Jones quilt block

Now you can add the sides to the block.  On each side add first a red strip and then a light blue strip.  Place a 4.1/2″ dark blue rectangle above and below each pair of strips – so that’s four needed for each block.

Sew the long strips together first

Sew the long strips together first

Begin by sewing the two long strips to each other on each side.  Then you can add the dark blue rectangles above and below.

You should now have three columns.  Sew these to each other to complete the block.  You need to make nine of these.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the Owen Jones quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Some of the blocks are rotated, which is what gives the quilt its deliciously complicated look.

In rows one and three place the blocks at each end with the red strips running from top to bottom, while in the middle block the red strips run from side to side.

Row two

Row two

For row two place the blocks so that the ones at each end have the red strips running horizontally while the block in the middle has the red strips running vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the border

Add the border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Owen Jones 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:

Stitches 2017

Stitches 2017

Last week I went to a trade fair at the NEC.  It’s known as Stitches but covers knitting, papercraft and many other crafts.  There were lots and lots of fabric manufacturers there so it was a wonderful day.

This sheep really took my fancy – his body is made using something similar to puff quilting – isn’t he gorgeous!

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  1. Rita McFayden says:

    Hi Rose, I look forward to the new pattern on Fridays and your “tour” of England. Thank you for sharing. I’ve made copy of last weeks and this Fridays pattern both so pretty even shared with my friend. Have a wonderful week.
    It’s raining pretty steady here in Escondido, California good day to quilt:)

    • Thanks, Rita. Glad you like the quilt patterns. I didn’t think that it ever rained in California – I have this vision of you having permanent golden sunshine over there! Hope you managed plenty of quilting.

  2. Hi Rose lovely pattern – colours are lovely – another one I would like to make – one day hopefully!?. Did you go to Alhambra Palace when you were in Spain? It’s a must – you will get so many ideas with the patterns for your quilting??

    • Hi Dianne. No, we were too far away for the Alhambra Palace, but it’s definitely still on my list of places to visit.

  3. Thanks for the quilt pattern, Rose. Love the sheep!

  4. Thank you for another lovely quilt pattern. It will be a good one for me to practice my HSTs.

  5. Irena Mangone says:

    Love this. Greetings. From Queensland. Im back home with my Adult children and. Grandchildrenso Good to be home

  6. Shirley McCormick says:

    Good morning Rose, this is one quilt I would like to make, I have a file with quite of your lovely quilts you allow the likes of myself to print out and use. Many thanks, from Shirley
    who lives in Western Australia.

  7. Tina WEMYSS says:

    Super cute but I already have a welsh one, I married him, hahahahaha!

  8. Carol Tambourine says:

    Lovely design.

  9. You certainly did an excellent job of designing this quilt. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Have fun tomorrow with your children.

  10. Rose. I absolutely love this quilt. And will definitely make this one. I love it, far nicer than the Owen Jones design if you don’t mind me saying so.
    I know that a lot of quilts look a tad traditional and slightly old fashioned but this one pips it for me. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Trish. That’s very kind of you – his designs are absolutely lovely. The Arts and Crafts Movement must have been such an influence on others.

  11. Francine Lundeen says:

    love the quilt and I hope to read more about Owen Jones. The sheep made my day.

  12. Rose, This pattern is beautiful. It looks so complicated and yet your instructions
    make it very doable. A winner. Thank you. Rose, you should have called it
    after yourself or Holly. That sheep is funny thanks for the picture.
    Enjoy your week-end and your treat.

  13. Beautiful! I love it and can’t wait to try it.

  14. Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of Owen Jones, but this quilt is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much.

    • Ooh thank you so much. I’m glad you like the quilt – I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. I hadn’t heard of Owen Jones either, until I came across some books of his at the V&A museum.

  15. Lola Howard says:

    Have a great week end!

  16. Love this quilt. It will definitely be on my to do list. Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Char Mnquilt says:

    super kewl! Thanks for sharing. I love your quilt