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Chinese Windows Bed Quilt

By: Patricia Bravo for liveartgalleryfabrics.com

The Chinese Windows Bed Quilt incorporates muted tones into a simple pattern that gives the effect of diamond-patterned stained glass windows. This pattern is for bed quilts, so use it for a bedroom or guest room. Alternately, this pattern would look great as a throw quilt, too. Stitch your eastern-inspired fabrics into a series of triangles and quilt block patterns that create a cascading look once they're all put together. The color scheme of the border gives this quilt the illusion of being woven. This zen quilt pattern is guaranteed to bring good feng shui into your home.

Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
This image courtesy of artgalleryfabrics.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Quilt Size: 62 inches wide x 76 inches long

Time to complete: A week or two

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Easy

Note: This quilt was designed using fabrics from the Oriental collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. Fabrics are coded in materials list.


MATERIALS:

  • Fabric A (Oriental Tabac): 1 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric B (Oriental Sand): 1/2 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric C (Oriental Olive): 1/2 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric D (Oriental Lime): 3/8 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric E (Oriental Red): 1/2 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric F (Oriental Black): 2 yds
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric G (Oriental Mustard): 1/2 yard
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  • Fabric H (Oriental Teal): 1/2 yds
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  • Batting, backing, and binding


INSTRUCTIONS:

Cutting Directions:

For each block cut:

  • Fabric A: 18 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric B: 18 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric E: 18 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric C: 16 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric D: 8 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric F: 8 squares 8-1/4”. Cut them twice diagonally.
  • Fabric G: 16 squares 5-1/2”
  • Fabric H: 16 squares 5-1/2”

For the top and bottom borders cut:

  • Fabric F: 8 strips 12-7/8” by 3-1/2” and 16 strips 3-5/8” by 3-1/2”
  • Fabric A: 16 strips 3-5/8” by 3-1/2”

For the sides borders cut:

  • Fabric F: 8 strips 16-3/8” by 3-1/2” and 16 strips 4-1/2” by 3-1/2”
  • Fabric A: 16 strips 4-1/2” by 3-1/2”

For the corner unit borders cut:

  • Fabric F: 8 strips 6-7/8” by 3-1/2”
  • Fabric H: 4 squares 3-1/2”


Block Assembly:

Note: Stitch right sides together and press open after every seam. 

  1. For the first corner, stitch two of the triangles of fabric F together (as shown).
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  2. For the next row, stitch one of the triangles from fabric F with one square from fabric A. Add one square from fabric H. Add another triangle at the end (as shown).
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  3. For the next rows, keep adding squares in the sequence show on the Quilt Diagram.
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt


Quilt Top Assembly:

Following the quilt diagram above, start piecing the first row to the second row. Go ahead with the third row and all the remaining rows until you complete all the top. Be careful to match the seams.


Border Assembly:

For the top and bottom borders:

  1. From the fabrics cut for the top and bottom borders, sew consecutively one rectangle from fabric F, one from A, one from F, and another one from A (as shown below).
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt
     
  2. Add one strip from fabric F on top (as shown below). Make 8 units.
    Chinese Windows Bed Quilt


For the side borders:

  1. Proceed in the same way as the other border units. Make 8 units.


For the corner unit borders:

  1. Sew two strips from fabric F to the square from fabric H. Miter the corners. Make 4 units.


Finally, layer, baste, quilt and bind as desired.

 

 

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Have been trying to find the quilt diagram. Is it the photo of the quilt?

I increased it to queen size, added a piano border, used a 'satiny' sheet from Goodwill for backing, and enveloped it for a lighter-weight summer bed cover.

I made a very similar quilt a couple of months ago.

Working on this beautiful quilt. Need to work on border now. I would do it again with brighter colors from what I originally picked. One correction "D" should read cut 16, not 8 as it reads. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful patterns!

Do you have this pattern for a king size quilt?

Hi there, Wright37! You'd have to get in touch with the designer to ask; we only have what you see here. Good luck!

Really nice quilts. pm

I am having difficulty with the corners and the outer strips. I cut the pieces according to the directions, but the pieces I have do not match your picture.

are all wonderful, I would like to get them all

Looking forward to making this for a dear friend

My great-great grandmother gave me a quilt top made with this pattern, but it is made from silk that came from my grandmother's dresses. My grandmother passed in 1929 so the quilt top is over 80 years old. Although the material is beginning to fray, it is a treasure to me.

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