Flying Dutchman Quilt Block

Flying dutchman quilt block

Flying dutchman quilt block

The flying dutchman quilt block is an easy four patch block that has just enough going on to make it interesting to look at.  The colours don’t show up as well as I would have liked – I think that I would have been better choosing a plain yellow rather than the butterfly fabric.  I have made it here as a 12″ block.

Cutting requirements for the flying dutchman quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in yellow and white, two each in yellow and brown

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the flying dutchman quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.  Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Flying dutchman quilt block layout

Flying dutchman quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows of four.  There is one white square in each row – in second, first, fourth and third positions respectively.  The four brown/yellow half square triangles are all used in the central block.  I apologise for them not being as clear as I would like, but I think you can just see enough of the brown to see which way to place them.  The yellow/white half square triangles in the corners all have the white on the outside.

Sew the squares in rows

Sew the squares in rows

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the flying dutchman quilt block.

This is actually quite a good example of choosing colours as light, medium and dark rather than by instinct.  I automatically thought that the brown would be darker than the yellow, but as you can see they are both medium in relation to each other.

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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.

You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer quilt kit.

Cutting requirements for the 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.

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