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Attic Ribbons - An Attic Windows Quilt Pattern with Applique

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Cut Components for the Attic Windows Quilt Blocks
Attic Windows Quilt Pattern

Cut pieces for the Attic Ribbons quilt and mark seam allowance intersections on window sill patches.

Janet Wickell

Cut Components for the Attic Windows Quilt Blocks

Begin by cutting only enough fabric for a test block -- one center, one side sill and one bottom sill.

The attic windows quilt on page one is made from 35 quilt blocks. Eleven of the blocks have an applique motif within their square windows and 24 do not. You can choose to use the same number of motifs, vary the number, or omit them entirely. Your choices affect the cutting instructions for the quilt.

  • For each window that will have no applique motif, cut a 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" square of your warmish neutral fabric
  • For each window that will have an applique motif, cut a 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" square of warmish neutral fabric; fold each square in half vertically, horizontally and along both diagonals, finger pressing each fold to reveal the square's center and evenly divided quadrants.

Window Sills

Side and bottom window sills are mirror images of each other. To make an attic windows block in the traditional way, you'll cut one end of each at a 45-degree angle and mark the inner seam intersections to make setting-in the pieces a breeze.

Cut 4-1/2" x 12-7/8" bars of each sill:

  • (24) Light green (used only on bottom sills)
  • (19) Darker green (used only on side sills)
  • (27) Black (used on sides and bottoms)

Design Your Layout

  1. Determine which strips will be used as side sills and bottom sills. I recommend you use a design wall (flannel tacked to a wall works well) to make a mock-up of the quilt, five blocks across and seven down (include the squares and overlap seam allowances as necessary to get a good preview of the layout).

  2. Move sills around until you are happy with the layout (determine where applique blocks will be positioned, since right now their squares are oversize).

  3. Work systematically so that your layout remains intact, removing a pair of sills at a time -- it will take a bit longer to prepare strips, but will be worth the effort. Use your rotary equipment to cut a 45-degree angle at the left end of a side sill, aligning the ruler's 45-degree line along the long edge of the (right side up) strip as shown in the black strip at the top of the illustration, with the angle of the ruler exactly at the strip's end.

    The cut will look very much like the cut you make when you cut a right triangle -- except for the extra fabric left along the opposite end of the sill.

    Again, be sure to cut side sill angles as shown in the illustration, right side of fabric up.

  4. Turn the sill over and use a ruler to draw two lines near the shorter edge as shown -- each one 1/4" inward. The intersection of the lines is where you will stop sewing when patches are set-in to the square.

  5. Now cut a diagonal line along the end of your bottom sill, fabric right side up, taking care to create the mirror image angle shown in the green sill drawing. Mark seam intersections on the reverse.

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