2 variations – interwoven center (left), and open center (right)
Knight’s Knot offers wonderful design possibilities! However, it does require some care in selecting colors and setting arrangements to highlight the optical illusion of an intricately folded ribbon knot. Don’t overlook those nice squares in the centers of each pieced unit — how about using them for signatures, or fussy-cut prints for an “I Spy” quilt? And of course, a Knight’s Knot block would be a very nice addition to any sampler quilt. Download the Knight’s Knot PDF pattern.
In general, Knight’s Knot blocks are most effective with sashing strips to separate them, as in the blue and black example, left. By alternating highly contrasting blocks (i.e. light/dark values or warm/cool colors), it is possible to effectively set the blocks without sashing (middle image). In the on-point block version (right), the different values of the sashing pieces create a second-level optical illusion of 3-D enclosing walls around each block. The cornerstones are simply half-triangle squares.
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Horizontal setting: with sashing and plain cornerstones
Horizontal setting: light/warm blocks alternated
with dark/cool blocks
On-point setting: with sashing and half-triangle cornerstones
My inspiration for the Knight’s Knot block was painted on a wall in the beautiful 13th century Chateau de Chillon near Montreux, Switzerland, setting of the famous Byron poem, “Prisoner of Chillon.” Sitting right at the water’s edge of Lake Geneva, the castle is well worth a half-day visit if you’re in the area.
The latest work in progress, made with some of my oldest fabric – a miniature quilt of vintage cottons from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s made with my Petite Posies freebie pattern (available here), with an extra row of posies added. The pieced part is 8×10″ (finished size), and there’ll be a narrow 1″ border all around with a self-binding and very minimal quilting. I wanted to share it with you now, because if I wait until it’s totally done, you may never see it!
The rather simple Woven Ribbons paper piecing block makes a quilt which looks deceptively complex, with an effect similar to caned chair seats. You’ll need 8 different colors for the “ribbons”, plus a background fabric which doesn’t compete for attention with the other fabrics. Batiks and hand-dyeds are especially recommended for this design. Continue reading
A companion basket quilt block to the Bow-Tie Kitty in Basket block. Include one in your basket sampler quilt, or make a little girl happy by sewing one block into a simple purse.
The PDF pattern gives block assembly instructions and includes line drawings of the block so you can experiment with your own coloring ideas, using your favorite colored pencils or markers.
Add the face and whisker detailing with embroidery or fabric paint/markers (click here for some tips). Note that the basket bottom (the bottom half-triangle) of this block is interchangeable with the Bow-Tie Kitty’s basket.
Click for the PDF 6” (15.2 cm) MamaCat&BabyInBasket pattern.
Sew a whole hive of sweet honeybees with this free paper piecing quilt block pattern suitable for adventurous beginners. The pattern provides both 3- and 6-inch versions, and the 3-inch Honeybee block is a perfect addition to my Escaping Bugs Bottle Quilt pattern, available in my Etsy shop.
If you like, embroider her antennae with black floss, or use a fabric paint pen instead. Read here for some tips on adding embroidery to paper pieced blocks.
Download the free PDF HoneyBee pattern.
If you’ve visited my site before, you may have noticed it now looks a bit different. I’m gradually transitioning all the pages to WordPress, which will make it much easier to add new content and (eventually) update existing content.
You can find my older free paper piecing patterns by clicking on the Free Patterns tab at the top of this page. New freebies will be posted as posts (or “Articles”) – you’ll find them by clicking on the Free Patterns category in the sidebar at the right. Happy sewing!
My son and I got to singing that old camp favorite “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” (and some of its even sillier variations) while goofing around recently. Later that day, I was trying to come up with some new block design ideas, and inspiration struck — a new kind of bottle quilt! Drafting the bottle pattern was quite easy. Less obvious was how to arrange the bottles to make a reasonably proportioned quilt while still incorporating 99 blocks (3 rows of 33 bottles just isn’t a useful proportion for anything but a looong table runner!). I’m pleased with this layout. The 99th bottle, of course, does not fit on the shelves, and so it sits on the “floor”. I guess that’s the one that got taken down and passed around.
If you want to make your own quilt, click here for the PDF pattern plus the dimensions of the bottles, sashings and borders (but no instructions) to make a quilt about 67 x 76″. The bottle labels are perfect for using large scale and novelty prints — fussy cut them to resemble real beverage bottle labels. You could even add the names of your favorite beverages with fabric markers or embroidery. I chose the same bottle green color for all the bottles, to show up on a black background while not overly competing with the labels, but of course other color schemes could work just as well.
If you make something with this block, be sure to add a photo of it to our Flickr group :-)
EQ7 users can download the EQ7 project file here if you’d like to play around with layout ideas and fabric choices. (I had to zip it so you can download it – hope that’s not a problem for anyone.)