Attic Windows Quilt Pattern

Attic windows quilt

Attic windows quilt

I’ve made the attic windows quilt pattern using fabric patterns to represent the view outside the window.  You’ve probably seen the quilts where a picture is built up outside the window, but for this pattern I just wanted to show you the basic technique of creating an attic windows design.  In order to create the three dimensional look of the window frame I have used three different brown:  medium brown for the uprights with light and dark brown for the horizontal sashing strips.

The quilt measures 51″ by 78″ finished size. I used 9.1/2″ strips of the sky, floral and grass fabrics with 3/4 yard of medium brown, 1/2 yard of light brown and 1/4 yard of dark brown.  For the border I used a further 1/2 yard of the red metallic floral fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the attic windows quilt

9.1/2″ squares:  three sky, six floral, three grass.

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen medium brown.

3.7/8″ squares:  eight medium brown.

2.3/4″ squares:  eight light brown, with eight 1.3/4″ squares of dark brown. Read the pattern in full before you cut these as they can be strip pieced.

3.1/2″ squares:  eight medium brown.

9.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips:  twelve light brown, together with 9.1/2″ by 1.1/2″:  twelve dark brown.  Again read the pattern before you cut these as they can be strip pieced.

One 3.1/2″ by 39.1/2″ strip of medium brown.

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

First row

First row

Form the rows

For the first row lay out three blue 9.1/2″ squares with four 9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ medium brown sashing strips.  That’s one sashing strip at each end of the row and one between each pair of rows.  Sew the pieces together across the row.

Rows 2 and 3

Rows 2 and 3

In order to make the next two rows, use six of the floral squares.  Same idea:  three squares and four sashing strips to each row.

Fourth row

Fourth row

Finally for the fourth row place three green squares with four sashing strips between them.  You’ll see that I have cut the grass fabric in different places.  This is just to provide a little more interest to the quilt.

Sew together light and dark

Sew together light and dark

Make the half square triangle units

These units may look complicated, but the technique is quite simple if you take it step by step.  Begin by sewing together 2.3/4″ lengths of light brown and 1.3/4″ lengths of dark brown along the length.  Cut this panel at 3.7/8″ intervals to make 3.7/8″ squares.

Half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

In order to make the half square triangles you need one 3.7/8″ medium brown square with one light/dark 3.7/8″ square (top left of the photo).  Place these right sides together taking care that the dark brown strip runs across the bottom.  Mark a line along the diagonal from bottom right to top left.

Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two triangles each with a seam along the base.  Each one will open up to form a half square triangle as shown on the right of the photo.  As you can see, these are totally different from each other.  The one on the bottom with a dark brown strip across the bottom is the one you need.  Unfortunately the one above it with a corner of dark brown cannot be used in this project.  I have put mine to one side and will probably use them to make a bag of some sort.

Sashing strips

Sashing strips

Make the sashing strips

Sew together the 3.1/2″ and 1.1/2″ strips of light brown and dark brown along the length.  Cut this panel into 9.1/2″ strips.

Each sashing strip contains two half square triangles and three 9.1/2″ light/dark brown strips.  That means the row starts and ends with a strip and there is a half square triangle between each pair of strips.

Add squares at each end

Add squares at each end

Here I have a confession:  I had a brain freeze and completely forgot that I would need a 3.1/2″ medium brown square at each end.  I had already taken the photos so I have no option but to describe these strips as I actually made them.  So now add a 3.1/2″ medium brown square at each end of the strip.

One thing to be careful with:  it is important for the dark brown strip to be even across the width of the quilt.  When sewing the sections together across the row, match the dark brown lines before you sew.  Then if there is a slight mis match in the sizes of the pieces you can trim across the bottom of the row.  Although I am sure that your piecing is far more accurate than mine so you probably won’t need to do any trimming!

You need to make four of these sashing strips.

Add the top sashing

Add the top sashing

Assemble the attic windows quilt

Sew the 39.1/2″ medium brown strip to the top of the first row.

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

Now sew a sashing strip to the bottom of the first row.  Sew the second row of blocks to the bottom of the sashing strip.  Continue down the rows, adding sashing strips between each pair of rows.  Take care to match each half square triangle with the upright medium brown sashing strip above and below it.

Red border for the quilt

Red border for the quilt

Add the attic windows quilt border

I have introduced another fabric altogether for the border.  It’s a red metallic floral fabric which I thought would frame the quilt nicely.  I’ve cut 3.1/2″ strips.  You’ll need two lengths of 39.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 57.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the attic windows 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:

https://youtu.be/NKWPN_P80zQ

Botanical Gardens Tenerife

Botanical Gardens Tenerife

Last week I managed to sort out my photos of the Botanical Gardens in Tenerife.  To see my photos click on botanical gardens or click on the photo.

Rolling star quilt pattern

Rolling star quilt pattern

Two weeks ago I asked for name suggestions for the Rolling Star quilt.  You sent me a wonderful variety of names – all far more imaginative than the name that I had used.  Many, many thanks to everyone who commented on the website or emailed me with suggestions.

The name that I have chosen from these suggestions is CRANBERRY SKY.  Isn’t that a wonderful, evocative name?  Thank you Betty for the suggestion.  I will be emailing you for your postal address so that I can send you a pack of fat quarters.

 

 

Renaissance Attic Windows Quilt

Renaissance attic windows quilt

Renaissance attic windows quilt

I’ve made an attic windows quilt using a lovely new fabric range called Renaissance which has some lovely rich looking fabrics.  I’ve adapted the attic windows block slightly so that I can rotate the blocks to give secondary designs when I sew the blocks together.  The quilt measures 54″ square.  I have used 1/2 yard of the light fabric for the border and cornerstones, with 3/4 yard of each of the remaining four fabrics.  The main square within each block is a floral design – something that you want to showcase – while the first frame around this square is half light and half dark (red and pink in this quilt).  The sashing is a colour (dark) from within the central square and the cornerstones and border are a light colour.




Cutting requirements for the renaissance attic windows quilt

Floral fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ squares

Red script fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares

Pink script fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares

Green sashing fabric:  forty 2.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ rectangles

Light border fabric:  twenty five 2.1/2″ squares for the cornerstones, two lengths 2.1/2″ by 50.1/2″ and two lengths 2.1/2″ by 54.1/2″ for the attic windows quilt border

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the attic windows quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares.  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.  Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Attic windows quilt block layout

Attic windows quilt block layout

Lay the attic windows quilt block with the floral square in the middle and a frame of pink and red.  The 6.1/2″ rectangles are across the top and bottom of the central square with the 8.1/2″ rectangles down the sides.  The half square triangles are placed in the two diagonally opposite corners.

You’ll notice that in the top right hand corner the script in the half square triangle continues the direction of the script in the rectangles either side of it.  In the bottom left hand half square triangle, the direction of the script doesn’t match that on either side of it.  This is mainly because my brain was broadly absent after all the travelling I did this week.  What I should have done is used one diagonal for half of the squares when I made the half square triangles and then used the other diagonal for the remaining squares.

Make three columns of patchwork

Make three columns of patchwork

Completed attic windows quilt block

Completed attic windows quilt block

Sew the patchwork pieces together to make three columns, then sew the three columns together to complete the attic windows quilt block.

You will need to make sixteen of these blocks.  They will be sewn together in four rows of four, but with sashing between each block and between each row of blocks.

Sew a sashing strip between the blocks

Sew a sashing strip between the blocks

Sewing the attic windows quilt blocks together

Place the first block of row one so that the red triangles is bottom right of the block. Place the second block so that the red triangle is bottom left and sew a green sashing strip between them.  Repeat this pairing for the second half of the row.  You should have four blocks with three sashing strips so that there is no sashing at each end of the row.  This placement is the same for rows one and three.

For rows two and four you will need to place the red triangles so that they form a larger red triangle pointing downwards – so the red will be top right and then top left.

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

Add sashing between the rows

In order to sew the rows to each other, make up five strips of sashing – four green sashing strips and three light cornerstones in each strip.

Sew one strip above and below row one.  Sew row two to the sashing below row one and then keep adding the rows with sashing.  You will end up with sashing above and below the rows and between each row.

Add sashing strips to the sides

Add sashing strips to the sides

For the sides of the quilt top, make up two strips with five cornerstones and four green sashing strips.  Sew one of these to each side of the attic windows quilt top.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

I decided that the quilt didn’t look finished at this stage, so I added a 2.1/2″ border strip made from the same fabric as the cornerstones.  You’ll need two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the renaissance attic windows 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.

You might also be interested in an attic windows quilt made showing the view outside the window.

Here’s the video:

Elephant ride

Elephant ride

Many of you have been kind enough to ask about my trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa last week.  You can see some of the photos (I took about 500 altogether!) by clicking here.