Sometimes you have just a little piece of special fabric but want to make a quilt out of it. This design only uses a small amount (1/2 yard) of focus fabric and adds a lot of coordinating 1-1/2″ strips. Use scraps or a honeybun or dig into your stash.
WINDOW BOX QUILT
37″ x 37″
1/2 yard focus fabric
3/4 yard background fabric (here, white)
A LOT of 1-1/2″ strips. It is about 1 yard worth, or 530 inches. I used three colors here–green, pink and gold
Because this quilt has three different block styles, I will give cutting and contruction directions for each block style and then we’ll assemble the whole thing. Ready?
Block 1: Solid
1. From the focus fabric cut 12 squares 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Whew! That’s all there is to it!
Block 2: Square
1. From the focus fabric cut 6 squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
2. Turn to your pile of 1-1/2″ strips. For each “Square” block you will need 1 1-1/2″x 3-1/2″ strip, 2 1-1/2″x 4-1/2″ strips and 1 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strip. I cut two sets in each of my three colors. Total of six sets for six blocks.
3. To construct the blocks take sew the 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ strip to the top of a focus fabric square. Press. Then attach one 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip to the right side. Press. Third, the second 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip to the bottom (press again) and the 1-1/2 x 5-1/2″ strip to the left side. One final press.
4. That makes one Square block. Now, back to step 2 and make five more. Total of six.
Block 3: Pieced
1. For each “Pieced block” you will need three different colors. I tried to mix them about evenly in the quilt.
For each pieced block you will need 1 1-1/2″ square for the center. For the next layer out, you will need 1 1-1/2″x 1-1/2″ piece, 2 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ pieces and one piece 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. These should all be the same color. For the final layer you will need 1 1-1/2″x 3-1/2″ strip, 2 1-1/2″x 4-1/2″ strips and 1 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strip. You will make 18 sets for your 18 pieced blocks.
2. Here is my original idea diagram. Perhaps that will help with assembly.
Just be patient and go one layer at a time. Lots of pressing. It will be truly square if you do.
3. Once you are done with your first one, just keep going and make 17 more. Total of 18 pieced blocks.
1. Lay out your blocks in a manner to please you. I used pieced blocks alternating with a combination of solid and square blocks. Six by six.
2. From the background fabric cut 60 strips 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and 25 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. Also, 2 strips 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ and 2 strips 1-1/2″ x 37-1/2″ for outer border.
3. Sew your rows together, alternating blocks with 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ sashing. Six blocks and five sashing per row.
4. Create sashing to go between the rows. Six 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strips alternating with 1-1/2″ squares. These cornerstone squares keep your columns lining up during assembly.
5. Sew rows of blocks and sashing together.
6. Add the shorter border strips to the sides andthe longer ones to the top and bottom.
7. Ta-dah! A Window Box Quilt of your very own! It makes a great baby quilt or table topper. Enjoy!
WINDOW BOX GALLERY
…your beautiful creation HERE!