Attic Windows Quilt Block - the easy way

Making Attic Windows Blocks using Half Square Triangle
6", 9" and 12" block directions

Attic Windows blocks can be great fun for interesting visual effects in a quilt. With the proper shading of colors a 3-D effect can be obtained. The large square area of the block can be used for conversation prints or novelty children's prints to make story quilts and theme quilts. Or, use the center square for friends and family to sign for a Memory Quilt or a Signature Quilt.

Making Attic Windows quilts the traditional way means sewing inset seams on each block. But, if you don't mind a small change in the construction you can make an Attic Windows block that looks almost like the traditional one with much easier sewing techniques. Using a Half-Square Triangle (HST) block in the corner eliminates the need for sewing those tedious inset seams.

See the diagram just below. The traditional block is on the left and the HST block is on the right.

I'll show you three sizes of Attic Windows blocks here with measurements for rotary cutting the pieces: 6", 9" and 12" blocks.

You can use various quick sewing methods for the Half Square Triangle blocks if you will be making a quilt with many blocks at the link #3 below.

There is also a link below to show you some different ways to lay out the Attic Windows blocks in sample quilt tops.

[All images and layouts were prepared using Electric Quilt 5.0]

Continue to these pages for more information:

1. Diagrams for sizes of pieces to rotary cut for 6", 9" or 12" blocks

2. Six Sample quilt top layouts in color

3. Easy sewing method for making multiple HST units


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