Quilting 101 – King’s Crown Quilting Block Tutorial

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 This quilting block measures 25cm (10″) when sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance, (after trimming back to a true square when completed).

Use a plain background and two fabrics to make the crown, as in the sketch below, or reverse it, using a patterned background and white/solid colours for the crown itself.

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Mix and match these styles to form a really interesting quilt, with or without sashing between the blocks.

Getting Started
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Print or trace the attached templates onto card and cut out. Now trace the pieces onto your fabrics and cut out (the number of pieces required and fabric suggestions are shown on each of the templates).

 

Laying Out

Lay out your pieces in line with the pattern.  Don’t be alarmed that all the pieces don’t line up – this is due to the seam allowances on various pieces, it will work in the end!

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We strongly recommend spraying all your pieces with starch and ironing them once more BEFORE sewing.  Spray starch is used by all sorts of sewers, but for quilters it is a total must.  The fabric will stiffen, helping to stop it stretching and making it MUCH easier to sew.

NOTE: You can buy specialist spray starch for quilting, but we find the one from the supermarket works fine 🙂

Piecing Together

Start by sewing the bottom left triangle onto the long strip of fabric that forms the bottom of the crown.  Because the two sides you are sewing together are different sizes lining up the pieces can be tricky.  We have tried many different methods for lining up pieces which are different sizes and this is the one we recommend.

Fold the two pieces you are sewing together in half to find the mid point of each of the sides you are sewing along.  Lightly press the fold in and open up.

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Place one piece on top of the other, with the raw edges of the sides you want to sew together lined up, right sides of the fabric facing each other, making sure the two creases you just made are also lined up.  Sew together and iron the seam flat.

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Place these pieces to one side.

Now piece together the main part of the crown by sewing together the small squares and triangles in the middle of the block.  Start by sewing in rows, then sew the rows together.

NOTE:  Where you have a triangle being sewn to a square (when doing the rows) the sides won’t be the same size, line the triangle up so that the side at a right angle to the sew line, lines up with the same edge on the square, in the example below, we have lined the top of the triangles up with tops of the squares.

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Now lay your block out again.

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The next step is to attach the white strips to the top and right sides of the triangle you just finished making.

Place the top strip on top of the block, right sides facing, with the raw edges along the top lined up.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that the strip extends 1/4″ over the end on the right (see image below), the left edge will not line up – this is fine.  Sew into place.

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Repeat on the right side, making sure 1/4″ of the border extends over the top edge.  Start sewing at the outside edge, working towards the point where the strips meet, stop where the strips meet (this will be before the end of the strip you are sewing).

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You now need to sew the white strips together at the corner.  Fold your block in half so that the two strips are on top of each other, making sure the edges of the main crown section are lined up under the strips.  The raw edges of the strips should be sticking out past the fold line.  Imagine the fold line is your sew line, and starting at the end of the fold, continue the sew line along the strips.  Iron the seam flat.

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The next step is to add the remaining small triangles to the raw ends of each of the white strips, before doing this you might need to square the strips off, the ends of the strips should line up with corners of the triangles you have already sewn into the block.   Pin your triangle pieces into place, making sure they are lined up with both outside edges of each white strip.  Sew into place and press the seams flat.

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Your block is now made up of two pieces.  Sew the two pieces together.  If they don’t line up, use the same technique you used earlier to find the mid point of each block, and pin out from there.  Press the sew seam flat.

The final step is to square off the block.  The easiest way to do this is to fold your block into four and iron the creases in lightly.  When you open up the block you will have the mid point of each side marked with a crease.

Place your square on your cutting board with the vertical crease lined up with the 10″ line on the cutting mat, making sure it is in line at the top and bottom of the block.  Now place your ruler over the block so that it runs along the 5″ line to the left of your crease, cut along this line.  Now line your ruler up with the 15″ line to the right of your crease, and cut along this line.  Turn your block 90 degrees and repeat the process.

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Don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished blocks/quilts, via the blog, Facebook or by tagging us in on Instagram #printstopolkadots. We love seeing your makes!

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Fabrics used in our examples: Riley Blake’s Bloom and Bliss (click to view instore) and Kona’s White (click to buy).

Click here to download the templates and short instructions.


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