Oslo Norwegian Quilt – Free Pattern

Oslo Norwegian quilt

Oslo Norwegian quilt

I made the Oslo Norwegian quilt based on my recent travels.  The block for the central part of the quilt comes from a floor tile design that I saw in Oslo Cathedral.  It measures 76″ square.

Original tile pattern

Original tile pattern

I wanted to brighten up the design and make it fresh and cheerful for the beginning of the New Year so I have surrounded  the central area with diamond frames in blue and red together with lots and lots of white.  It’s a large quilt, but the individual blocks are very easy to make.

I’ve used sixteen blocks which are all 18″ square finished size. In order to make the quilt I needed 1 yard each of dark blue and red, 1.1/2 yards of light blue and 3 yards of white.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Oslo Norwegian quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and thirty six light blue, twenty four white, seventy two red – these can be made with strip piecing, so don’t cut them till you’ve read the pattern

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen dark blue, sixteen red, eight light blue, forty white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  forty white

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four white

12.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four white

For the border you will to cut eight 2.1/2″ dark blue strips across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square with either a dark blue, light blue or red square, right sides together.

Mark a line along one 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 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the coloured fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central area of the Oslo quilt block

Central area of the Oslo quilt block

Make the Oslo quilt block

For the central area of this block, you need to place four light blue/white half square triangles together to make a four patch unit.  Place them so that the blue is always in the middle, creating a blue diamond in a white square.

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

Make the frame around this area using light blue squares in the corners with a pair of red/white half square triangles on each edge of the central area.  Place these so that the white triangles form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

Oslo quilt block layout

Oslo quilt block layout

The outer frame of the Oslo block is very simple.  Place a 6.1/2″ white rectangle on either side of a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles.  This is the same in rows one and six, but note that the blue triangles always point away from the middle.

Down the sides place a white square either side of two dark blue/white half square triangles.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Oslo quilt block.  It now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

Use strip piecing

Use strip piecing

Make the alternate quilt block

For this block I have used strip piecing for speed.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ strip of light blue and red fabrics to make one panel.  Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of light blue, red, light blue to make the second panel.

Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles consisting of either two or three squares.  These are 3.1/2″ wide by either 6.1/2″ or 9.1/2″ long.

Alternate quilt block layout

Alternate quilt block layout

Lay the sections out for the alternate block in six rows.

The first and sixth rows contain a blue/red strip with a 12.1/2″ white strip.  In the first row place the red/blue on the right.  In the sixth row the blue/red is on the left.  Make sure that the red square is always on the diagonal line.

Lines two and five contain one blue/red/blue strip together with a 9.1/2″ white rectangle.  For lines three and four you need one blue/red/blue strip with a white square on one side and a 6.1/2″ white rectangle on the other side.  It’s easy enough to check your placements by making sure that the red continues down the diagonal.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  This block is also 18.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make twelve of them.

First 2 rows of the Oslo Norwegian quilt

First 2 rows of the Oslo Norwegian quilt

Assemble the Oslo Norwegian quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.  Make row one with four alternate blocks.  In the first two blocks the coloured diagonal runs up from bottom left to top right.  For the last two blocks the coloured diagonal runs down from top left to bottom right.

In row two place two Oslo blocks in the middle with an alternate block at each end.  Match the coloured diagonals to the blocks in row one.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

Rows three and four are similar, but forming the bottom of the diamond frames.  In row three place two Oslo blocks in the middle with an alternate block at each end.  Place the alternate blocks so that the coloured diagonals run from the sides towards the middle.

Make row four with four alternate blocks, matching the coloured diagonals to the block above.

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

Border in dark blue

Border in dark blue

Add the quilt border

I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 76.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.

That completes the Oslo Norwegian 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.

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  1. I really like this pattern. May have to try it soon.

  2. Hello,
    Thank you very much for sharing this quilt with us. It would be nice, tellung as to evry quilt the size of the quilt. It would be a help making a decision to make the auilt.

  3. Happy New Year Rose. Another beautiful quilt. I am giving up my post of Chairman of our local amateur dramatic association in February (a time consuming hobby!) and intend to get to grips with my stash of fabrics this year. This pattern is definitely one I’d like to make. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Carole. Are you staying with the association but just giving up being Chairman? It must have taken up a lot of time. Good luck with reducing your fabric stash.

  4. Your quilt brought back wonderful memories of the beautiful Oslo Cathedral. It’s been many years since I was there. Your design is lovely.

  5. Anne Hugill says:

    Hello Rose, What a fantastic quilt this latest one is – I don’t know how you find the time to produce all you do. I too often look at patterns on floor tiles as I am visiting foreign places. I wish you a very happy new year and hopeyoou enjoyed your Christmas. In my part of the country we have had a flurry of snow, lots of rain and some fost. I think the weather is really peculiar these days. Happy quilting!!

    • Hi Anne. I agree that the weather is very strange – I’m certainly glad that I don’t live on the East Coast of America while they have this deep freeze. I’m glad that I’m not the only one going round looking at floor tiles!

  6. Hi Rose, Good job! Your Nordic quilt is simply beautiful! We are in a deep freeze here in USA. I have been cooped up in this house for days only going out to buy groceries and to get mail out of my mailbox.

    Glad that you enjoyed Christmas with your family and that you are back into the swing of things.

    • Hi Claire. I’ve seen dreadful pictures of your deep freeze on the news. At the risk of sounding selfish, I hope that you don’t send your weather over here. We often have your weather a week or so later. I do hope that it warms up for you soon. I find it frustrating when I’m snowed in – even if I’ve got plenty to do at home I don’t like not having the option of going out and about.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Happy New Year. Love the quilt pattern. I have been very lazy over the holidays and have not looked at my quilts. It is so cold right now that all I want to do is read under a quilt or crochet. I will get back to it at some point.
    This pattern looks fast and easy to put together. Still have one on the machine waiting to be quilted. Oh well reading is going very well and I am doing lots of crossword puzzles too.
    Glad one of us is enthused.
    Have a great weekend and stay warm. Happy quilting

    • Hi Sandra. I certainly sympathise with your cold weather – it sounds really bad from what we see on our news over here. I was like you and didn’t touch my sewing machine over the Christmas break. It was good to tuck into a few books for a change. My brother sent me a whole box of books just before Christmas so I had plenty to be going at.

  8. Rose, you definitely have an artistic eye for detail
    This is a real beauty to start of 2018.
    Thank you for this pattern.

  9. Anne Hardman says:

    Love the quilt Rose. What an inspiration.
    Personally the larger font with capital letters on the Tote bags looks good. I like the use of black fabric for contrast.

  10. Carol Tambourine says:

    I like the tote bags with the block printing.

  11. Deborah Bond says:

    Happy new year Rose, love the quilt. How you manage to think all these patterns is amazing. Keep up the great work. It’s on my to do list.

    • Thanks, Deborah. I enjoyed designing this quilt – I was trying for that bright and fresh look that Scandi designs seem to have.

  12. Rose, I really like the quilt pattern. My ancestry on father’s side is Norwegian. Did not realize the quilting world of patterns would draw me in like this one does. Thank you for your instructions, you explain the process so well.

  13. Florence Hayward says:

    Lovely quilt. I love quilt designs that are inspired by places visited. I shall have a go at this one. At present I am quilting one which I designed on the Shetlands where we visit our daughter,
    Thank you

    • Hi Florence. I enjoy having quilts that remind me of places I’ve been. You must get loads of inspiration when visiting the Shetlands – somewhere that I haven’t yet visited.

  14. Ella WILSON says:

    Imust congratulate you on your Oslo quilt it looks nice clean and bright and well done you realy do well the bags are very good well done you! i have nerve pain in my hands and I cant sew cant cut fabriccant do very much realy Ive had it noww for4 months and its driving me mad.I am waiting for hospital appointment for a scan I know its comming from the back of my kneck and going down into my shoulders and then into my arms and hands the pain is terrible if I didnt have my husband with my I dont know were id be,I am desperate to get back to my quilting.anyway im happy for you to have made such lovely item hope 2018 will be your year take care and best wishes to you and yours.xx

    • Oh Ella I am so sorry to hear this. I do hope that you get a hospital appointment soon. It must be so frustrating being unable to sew – especially at this time of year with such awful weather and such short days. I really, really hope that you can get help soon. I’ll be thinking of you.

  15. Debra Young says:

    Oh that is a beautiful pattern! Well done. I must make it. Thank you

  16. Love it, love it, love it!!

  17. Happy New Year Rose – love the pattern- as usual at this time of year I’m trying to finish UFO’s before starting something new! Never seems to work though! Ha! Happy sewing in 2018.

    • Thanks, Dianne. I finished a few quilts over the Christmas break but I would love to be able to keep it up and finish more as the year goes by.

  18. I like the ‘eat, sleep, quilt’ tote bags. Both are nice.

  19. Gwendy Burtz says:

    a very pretty block! Thank you!

  20. Patsy Edwards says:

    Happy New Year. This is a fabulous design. Thank you..

  21. HI Rose, you have outdone yourself, this is a beautiful quilt that looks very easy to make. I think Seminole at first, but it really isn’t. You have designed it to stitch together quickly. My favorite kind. It’s also so refreshingly different, a welcome change. Thank you for this stunning quilt.

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Linda. Yes, I definitely did design it to be quick and easy. I thought that it would be a cheerful quilt to welcome in the new year.

  22. W Whitlock says:

    That’s beautiful and I love how you find inspiration. You certainly have an eye for details. I wish I had that same eye 🙂

    • Thanks, Wanda. I always think that I must look a bit weird going round looking at floors when everyone else is looking at windows and ceilings!