Our Medieval Walls quilt block lesson continues...
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The corners for our Medieval Walls quilt block are each made with 2 Brave World units (BW), a four-patch (#6/#7) and a 3 patch (#6/#7/#8).
If you've followed the pressing instructions (highlighted in yellow) all the seams in this block will nest or lock together.
That makes matching the seams SO MUCH EASIER.
For this set, we're joining a #6/#7/#8 corner to a BW.
Double check that the SA for the #6/#7/#8 is pressed away from #8 so that it will nest with the BW.
Position the #6/#7/#8 patch with the seam line between #6/#7 and #8 running left to right (red line below). The BW has its #1 in the upper left corner.
With RST stitch the units together, joining the sides with #1/#3 and #7/#8, repeating for a total of four pairs.
Press the SA towards the BW unit.
For this set, we'll stitch a BW to a four patch.
Remember that when we constructed our 4-patches that both SAs were pressed in toward one dark square as shown here.
I've marked that dark #6 square with a red star in the photos so you know where it goes.
If it helps, put a pin or safety pin or something so that you can quickly identify which square it is in your own four patches. It'll make assembly much easier.
Brush up on your pinning techniques if needed here. You'll want a good match between the points and squares (#5 and #6/#7) where they meet.
With RST stitch four of these pairs. These SAs are pressed toward the BWs.
Assemble the corner section
Arrange one of each pair as shown here, dark #6 from the first pair in the upper left, dark #6 with both SA pressed in towards it (red star) in the second pairing in the lower right.
With RST, pin as needed to get a good match.
Press this SA away from the pair containing the four patch.
After stitching it looks like this, though your's won't have a red line and red star on it. :)
To create the Medieval Walls design arrange the four corners and sashing units as shown below.
The light background trapezoid shapes (Patch #4) forms pairs of diagonal bars in the block when everything is laid out correctly.
With RST, join the units in each row together.
I've pinned again to get a good match between the squares and points in the design.
Press SAs in the direction of the arrows.
All that's left is to stitch the rows together. If you've followed the pressing directions all the adjacent seams in each seamline nest to make matching them pretty easy.
Again, pin as needed.
Now that you've discovered just how straight forward it is to make this rather complicated-looking block, there's a question...
Do you want to see some of the design options you have with this block?
5 easy sashing ideas in both straight and diagonal or on-point settings.
Not tired yet?
These are my go-to resources for quilt block ideas.
Can you tell?
It's in color.
It's got a ton of blocks.
What's not to love?
Next on my 'must-have' list is Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
Unlike the Maggie Malone book, the blocks in this volume are hand-drawn and in black and white—no color—personally, I prefer colored drawings to work with.
This book is no longer in print.
If you can come by a copy expect it to be wickedly expensive. Once in awhile you can find it here on Amazon.com.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt, in cooperation with Barbara Brackman has announced they plan to republish the Encyclopedia sometime in 2020.
However, all is not lost if you can't find a hard copy.
BlockBase is the computerized version of the Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
It contains designs for over 4300 blocks—pretty much every block published from the 1830's through the 1970's.
It can be used with Electric Quilt and is a Windows based program.
In fact, there are instructions included so that you can pull up the digital patterns within Electric Quilt (PC version for now) without having to open up BB program.
UPDATE: Electric Quilt has announced that they will be rereleasing the standalone BlockBase software for BOTH PC and MAC in 2020.
This is terrific news.
Finally there's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.
Lots of detail and in color, it is a beautiful volume. That said, I check it out of my local library on a regular basis instead of purchasing it—can you see the library sticker on it's spine. Yep, it's from the Plainfield Public Library.
Simply because I own the previous three references and find this the least user-friendly of the group.
And it does make a fabulous coffee table book!