The Budapest quilt design is based on floor tiles that I saw on my recent visit to Hungary. You can find a link to the photos from that trip at the bottom of the page. The quilt measures 67″ square, using nine 15″ blocks with three borders.

For the borders I have used blue strips for borders 1 and 3, with a smaller version of the central block for border 2.

I have used 2.1/2 yards of cream fabric, 1.3/4 yards of red and 1.1/2 yards of blue.

There were so many wonderful buildings from which to choose a design that it was difficult to choose one, but the quilt is loosely based on the tiles in this photo.

### Cutting requirements for the Budapest quilt

Central block: one 11.1/8″ red square, two 8.3/8″ cream squares

Cross block: sixteen 6.1/2″ cream squares, sixteen 3.1/2″ cream squares, twenty 3.1/2″ red squares

Third block: sixteen 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ cream rectangles, sixteen 3.1/2″ cream squares, eight 3.1/2″ red squares, eight 9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ red rectangles, four 14.1/2″ by 3..1/2″ red rectangles

For borders 1 and 3 you will need to cut twelve 2.1/2″ blue strips across the width of fabric

For border 2 you will need thirty two 5.1/2″ red squares and sixty four 4.3/8″ cream squares.

### Make the central block

I have made a simple diamond in a square block for the middle of the Budapest quilt. Cut the 8.3/8″ cream squares along one diagonal to create two triangles from each square. Place one cream triangle on each edge of the 11.1/8″ red square.

Sew two opposite triangles on to the square, press them open and then add the remaining two triangles.

Trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out. The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you just need to make one.

### Make the cross block

The layout for this block is very simple. Place a 6.1/2″ cream square in each corner. Between the top two corners place a cream and then a red 3.1/2″ square. For the bottom two corners place a red and then a cream 3.1/2″ square. Make the middle row with a 9.1/2″ red strip in the middle and a 3.1/2″ cream square at each end.

Sew the red and cream squares together first and then you’ll be able to sew all the pieces together in three distinct rows. Sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

The cross quilt block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

### Make the third block

In the third block I have tried to use rectangles rather than individual squares as much as possible in order to save time sewing the block.

Make rows one and five with a red square in the middle and a 6.1/2″ red rectangle on either side.

Rows two and four contain a 9.1/2″ red rectangle with a cream square at each end.

For row 3 you just need one 15.1/2″ red rectangle. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. It now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

### Assemble the Budapest quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. Rows one and three are the same as each other, with a cross block in the middle and a third block on either side.

For row two place the diamond in a square block in the middle with a cross block on either side of it.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. At this stage the Budapest quilt top measures 45.1/2″ square.

### Add the first quilt border

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ blue strips to separate the main quilt from the borders. You will need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

### Add the second border

In the second border I have used a reduced version of the central diamond in a square block. This time I used 5.1/2″ red squares surrounded by triangles made by cutting 4.3/8″ cream squares along one diagonal. Don’t forget to trim the edges of the block where the triangle tips stick out. Each block now measures 7.1/2″ square and you need to make thirty two of them.

Sew the blocks together in two rows of seven blocks and two rows of nine blocks. I have pressed the seam allowances open along these strips as the middle of the seam can be quite bulky.

Sew one row of seven blocks to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom.

Sew one row of nine blocks to each side of the quilt.

### Third quilt border

Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric. You need two lengths of 63.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt with two lengths of 67.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Budapest quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

As I mentioned at the start of the page, this quilt was inspired by my trip to Budapest in Hungary. To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

The weather seems to be doing strange things all across the world and I hope that you can stay safe and warm over the weekend.