Church Tile Quilt – Free Pattern

Church Tile Quilt

Church Tile Quilt

My design for the Church Tile quilt is based on a panel behind the altar in a church that I visited last weekend.  It’s an incredibly quick quilt to make, using mostly squares only.  I don’t have a photo of the panel itself – I didn’t take my phone with me in case it went off during the service and then of course when I saw the tiling I wished that I had it with me.

The quilt measures 46″ by 55″, using 1.1/4 yards of purple, 1/2 yard of green and 3/4 yard each of lilac and gold fabrics.  I’ve used a diagonal setting to create the effect that I wanted and there are very few triangles in the quilt – just round the edges.  The beauty of a diagonal setting is that you can create a design that looks like diamonds but use only squares – nice and easy to sew together.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the church tile quilt

6.1/2″ squares:  four gold, thirty four purple, four lilac, eight green

6.7/8″ squares:  nine lilac

7.1/4″ squares:  one lilac

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

Cut the triangles

Cut the triangles

Cut the triangles

To make the corner triangles, cut the 7.1/4″ square along both diagonals.  Make the edge triangles by cutting the 6.7/8″ squares along one diagonal only – two from each square.  These are the only triangles used within the pattern – the rest of the quilt is made using squares only.

Assemble the quilt – top half

Begin the layout in the top lefthand corner of the quilt with one corner triangle – cut from the 7.1/4″ lilac square.

First three rows

First three rows

Beneath that for the second row place an edge triangle on either side of a purple square.  Place the edge triangles (cut from 6.7/8″ squares) so that the right angled corner (the square corner) lies against the square between them.  So it’s bottom right in the first triangle and bottom left in the other one at the end of the row.  The longest edge of the triangle lies on the outside, forming the edge of the quilt.

In the third row place an edge triangle at each end of the row, with a purple, gold and purple square between them.  Place the edge triangles in the same way as those in the row above.  As you can see, the rows are increasing in length.  Each row has two more squares than the row above it.

Rows four and five

Rows four and five

I find it easiest to sew the patches across each row and sew the rows together as I go along – I’m less likely to get in a muddle that way.

In rows four and five place an edge triangle at each end of the rows.  The fourth row contains purple and green alternating squares, beginning and ending with purple.

The fifth row contains five purple squares followed by one green and then another purple square.

Assemble the quilt – middle section

Rows six and seven

Rows six and seven

By now I hope you can see the design of the quilt starting to take shape.  The lilac triangles are forming the left hand and the top edges of the quilt.  Rows six and seven use the same squares as each other, but placed in the opposite order to each other.

Bottom left corner of the quilt

Bottom left corner of the quilt

For row six you need them in this order:  purple, green, purple, lilac, green, two purple, gold, purple.  Place an edge triangle at the beginning of this row and a corner triangle at the end of the row.

This will form the top right hand corner of the quilt.

Other end of rows six and seven

Other end of rows six and seven

In row seven begin with a corner triangle.  Following this place the squares in the reverse order from row six:  purple, gold, two purple, green, lilac, purple, green, purple.  Finish this row with an edge triangle.

As this row begins to form the right hand edge of the quilt, you need to place the final edge triangle in a different way from all the previous rows.  In this case the square corner of the triangle must be placed at the top rather than the bottom of the square next to it.  You can see from the photo that this begins to form a straight line down the side of the quilt.  From now on all the edge triangles will be placed in this way as we work towards the bottom right hand corner of the quilt.

Assemble the quilt – bottom section

The rows now begin to reduce in length.  From row one the number of squares increased by two squares in each row.  Rows six and seven had the same number of squares as each other but from row eight the rows begin to decrease with two squares less in each row.

Bottom right hand corner

Bottom right hand corner

In row eight place an edge triangle at each end of the row.  Between them lay a purple, green and five purple squares.  This is the same as row five but with the squares in reverse order.

For row nine place an edge triangle at each end with purple and green squares alternating between them – purple, green, purple, green, purple.

Row ten contains only three squares between the edge triangles – purple, gold, purple.

Now you can form the bottom right hand corner of the quilt – for row eleven place just one purple square between two edge triangles.  For row twelve use the final corner triangle.  That completes the layout of the rows – continue sewing them to each other as you go along.

Use gold for the border

Use gold for the border

Add the quilt border

As all the edges of this quilt are cut on the bias, having been cut from the diagonals of the squares, it’s a good idea to get the border on as quickly as you can.  This will help prevent the fabric from stretching.  Use 2.1/2″ strips of gold fabric – two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.

Trim the edges

Trim the edges

Before you sew the border on, trim the edges of the quilt where the triangle tips stick out.

That completes the Church Tile 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:

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

Last week I mentioned that I was going to Wiltshire for the weekend.  To see my photos of the area, click here or click on the photo.

Over the years I have accumulated vast quantities of part finished quilts, never having time to complete them.  My cupboards are filled with PHD’s (project half done).

After a lot of thought I have decided that it’s time to give myself time to start completing these quilts.  So from now on I am only going to send out one new pattern every other Friday rather than every Friday.  That means that the next pattern will come to you on Friday 6th July rather than next Friday – and I hope I’ll be able to bring you some news of finished quilts then!

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  1. Hi Rose,
    I’m betting that you are going to put Minnie to work now that you have decided to finish all your unfinished quilts. That’s one thing I always wished I could do. And to think that in the old days quilts were stitched this way by hand. Well, I love this pattern and the beautiful regal colors you chose. Will miss next week but will look forward to the following week.

    • Hi Claire. You’re right about Minnie. She will be working hard over the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of practice in my free motion quilting – lots of designs I want to try out. As you say, I wouldn’t have been able to quilt a fraction of the number if I was hand quilting them all.

  2. Your suggestions will be all the more special if we have to wait a bit longer.
    Keep us posted on your successes!

    • Thanks, Judy. Yes, I am hoping that I will be able to proudly show you several completed quilts in a fortnight.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt idea. Never have I done one this way before but you make it look easy and most of it is only squares.
    We all have unfinished projects that we would like to just snap our fingers and they would be done. Doesn’t work that way. You take all the time you need to finish a few of them. I am amazed at how much you get done in a week.
    Still working on my fourth of July quilt but not too far along. Next year it will make its debut.
    The pictures of Bath and the church where your future daughter-in-law will get married are so awesome. Loved the tour and the quilts Did you get any other ideas from the quilts you saw??
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. yes, it is an easy way to make a quilt that’s slightly different. You just need to get your head around the fact that the rows increase and decrease in length rather than all being the same length as they are with a horizontal quilt.
      It must be frustrating to be so close to July 4th without quite finishing your quilt. We’ll all look forward to hearing about it next July.
      yes, I still have several quilt designs in my head from my recent travels.

  4. Arleen Salmon says:

    Thank you, Rose, for all the work that goes in to creating and making ideas to share with us. I, too, am devoting this year to finishing my PHDs. I have about 20 undone and slowily getting them quilted, bound and giving them away to young newly weds/50th Anniversary friends, etc.

    • Hi Arleen. I think we all probably have secret stashes of UFO’s – it’s just that mine has grown to a large mountain! Good luck with finishing your quilts this year.

  5. Ann Cook says:

    Hi Rose, thanks for another colourful project. I understand your problem and look forward to receiving projects whenever you send them. Best wishes Ann Cook

  6. I love it that you have lots of ufo’s Rose – because I too have a few! It is an achievement to finally stitch on a label when completed ?. Looking forward to hearing how many you join together ?.

  7. Rose,.
    I can understand only too well about the PHDs.
    Even though I’ve only been quilt making a few years I’ve quiet
    a few quilts that needs finishing.
    Rose, you’ve been more than generous with your patterns
    and excellent tutorials and today’s is no exception.
    Thank you.
    Your photos are lovely.
    Enjoy your week-end.

    • Thanks so much, Mary. I think that’s perhaps the problem with quilting – we are all so excited at the thought of the next project that we tend to rush into it without always finishing the one before.

  8. Lou alley says:

    You always amaze me, your a quilting whirlwind, I honestly don’t,t know how you do it all and manage to travel. But I can definitely identify with you, I fall for pattern after pattern, and before I,m done one my mind is on to something else. Sewing for family and doing what I love most is a tight squeeze. My grandson told me recently I,LL need a hundred years to do everything I want in sewing. As much as I appreciate your tutorials , I understand taking time for yourself to complete what you love to do in life, the satisfaction in finishing a project. Have fun! Thank you very much for giving one and all your time and efforts to make us better at what we love most. Cheers Rose !

    • Hi Lou. Thanks for your kind comments. As you say, there are always so many lovely quilts to make – or in my case to finish. I think that I will feel great satisfaction seeing my UFO pile reduce slowly.

  9. Christine Southgate says:

    Love the colours you’ve chosen for this quilt. I can understand the PHD problem – it always amazes me that you find the time to create & share a new project each week. You are one busy lady.

    • Hi Christine. My piles of UFO’s have become alarming large and I feel I really must do something about them.

  10. Daun Breault says:

    I am sure everyone can relate to those half finished projects.

    • Hi Daun. You’re so right. The silly thing is that I find it immensely satisfying to complete a quilt – I just don’t manage it very often.

  11. Hi rose, thanks for another great quilt. Love the colours and style. Another one to add to my ” must do ” list.
    I look forward every week to see what ideas you come up with. Have a great weekend.

  12. Cynthia Ash says:

    I love this, it looks so easy to make.

    • Hi Cynthia. It definitely is easy to make. I also find that because you sew the rows together as you go along it seems to be no time at all before the top is nearly completed!

      • Love this Rose. I have an ‘emergency’ quilt for the rare occassion everything else is finished. Needless to say, it is still unfinished?

        • Hi Judi. It may not be finished, but it’s a great idea. I tend to try and have a couple of projects at different stages waiting for me. That way I can choose to do hand or machine sewing depending on how I feel.