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Attic Windows Quilt Block Without Y Seams

Updated on January 24, 2016

Small Quilted Table Runner

attic windows table topper
attic windows table topper | Source

Choosing Your Fabrics

For this project you will need 3 different fabrics. 1 light colored, 1 dark colored, and 1 medium colored. For your first time making this block, choose fabrics that do not have a one-way design, as they have to be cut differently.

Cut all three fabrics into 4-1/2 inch squares. Cut all your squares on the diagonal to get half square triangles. The top part of the photo shows all the half square triangles, and the bottom part shows you what block will look like when finished.

Can you see the illusion? It does not have represent a window. I can be anything you want, such as walking down a hallway to a door or a picture.

Joining The Triangles Together

Take one of the light triangles and place it face up. Take one of the medium triangles. fold it in half, wrong sides together and then place it on top of the light triangle, matching the top edges and the point on the right hand side. The medium fabric can be placed on either the left or the right, just make sure you do the same for as many as you make. You can place every other one on the opposite of the first, but that is for another capsule. Sew across the top edges with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make 8 of these units or more if want your table runner longer.


Forming The Window And Pressing

When you open it up, you will have the folded triangle freely moving from side to side. Take the point where it is folded and spread it out and match that point to the corner, thus forming a square in the corner. Pin in place. Turn over and press the seam allowances open. Turn piece over and make sure the square in the corner is perfectly lined up in the corner. Press again if necessary. Using a 4 inch square ruler, it should be perfect except for the little dog ears, which you will trim off.

As soon as I decide what to use for a backing, the finished project should measure 7 inches by 28 inches.


Different Ways Of Arranging The Squares

There are many ways to arrange your finished squares. In the next set of photos I will show you different layouts you can choose. I am using 8 units. You can get more layouts if you make 12 units. For example, you could make a pinwheel configuration with 4 units for the middle, then make 2 layouts which are the same and place them on both sides of the middle layout.


Placing Folded Triangles On Left and Right Side

As I stated earlier, when placing the folded triangle, which forms the window, you can place every other one on the left side instead of all of them on either the right or left side.

I have included photos which show you that you will get a different look to your design. I have used different fabrics, as I only had limited fabric for the first block I made.


Using Fabric With A One-Way Design

Stripes can work well for your project The first photo will show stripes that have to be matched slightly when you when you place the 3 pieces together, so you only have to allow a little extra fabric for matching. I cut all the triangles 6-1/2 inches and I ended up with a 5-1/2 inch finished square after timming

To use a one-way pattern, you have to cut the top and bottom pieces in opposite directions on the diagonal. See photos. The window fabric can be cut either way.

After you cut the fabric diagonally on the left, both pieces can be placed together in a pile, as they are both the same. The same for the fabric on the right.

When matching up the stripes as seen with the orange fabric, place your window fabric on the right side or left side if you can work better from that direction. Pin it place. Start matching your stripes from the opposite end. You only have to match up to the folded triangle.

I made 4 blocks and have shown 2 different layouts. If look closely, one of the windows ended up being a little smaller than the other 3. I must of squared it up from the wrong end.

Using Striped Fabric

attic windows with striped fabric
attic windows with striped fabric | Source
attic windows block using stripes.
attic windows block using stripes. | Source

Both Fabrics With One-Way Designs

In my next set of photos I have shown you how to cut your fabric when you are using a one-way design for the sides, and a one-way design for the window. This way of doing your block obviously takes more time, but the result can be interesting. The fabric I chose for the sides will take no effort in matching them up as the stripes are so close together and the colors are random. No extra fabric was needed when cutting the side pieces. Your window pieces will also have cut be cut in 2 different directions.

When put your block together, you take one fabric from the left pile, placing it face up. Take your window fabric, fold it wrong sides together, placing on top on right hand side. Your top fabric comes from the right hand pile, and placed faced down on the other 2.

attic windows with 2-way design fabrics
attic windows with 2-way design fabrics | Source

Being Creative With Your Newly Made Blocks

One way to be creative is to make 16 blocks in total, therefore, being able to make a grid of 4 by 4 square table topper. Even only making 12 will give you many more possibilities.

I used some of the same fabric with different fabric for the windows, but I made 9 blocks and ended up with a 9 patch with sashing between the blocks.

Did you notice that once you finished your blocks and examined the square in the corner that you had a little pocket. If you were giving the quilt as a gift, you could hide coins in those pockets. Having those little hiding spaces is therefore not a waste of fabric, as some people have suggested.

Some of the layouts I showed you may not be to your liking, as there will be extra bulk in the seams. If you don't see a layout that you like, about being adventurous by placing your pieces in no particular order, and by doing that, you will come up with something no one else has.

Add Sashing between your blocks

attic windows with sashing.
attic windows with sashing. | Source

Helpful Hints For Your Quilt Block

1. To make sure you get the correct size of your finished square, cut your side and bottom squares a tad on the generous side. The reason for this is that you are sewing an extra piece of fabric that is folded in half between the 2 triangles, and that requires a little more fabric

2. It is easier to match up larger pieces of fabric. My next project will include 6-1/2 inch squares, as larger blocks will enable you to make a larger project in less time.

3. If you want to make this block using the traditional method with y-seams, then you should definitely use larger squares.

4. If you want a smaller window in your pattern, you have to cut the squares for your window fabric a little smaller than the other 2 fabrics.I would start at least with 1/2 inch smaller. Likewise, if you want a bigger window, than cut those squares bigger. When doing either of these, don't worry if the bottom points match, just make sure the top edges are matched.

5.If you want more of a windowsill effect,rather than a hallway effect, cut your window fabric 1-1/2 inches larger than the other pieces. I am now in the process of experimenting with this size.

6. I used the terms, light, medium, and dark fabrics loosely just to indicate that you need 3 different colors or fabrics . Using a dark fabric for the window piece makes it recede more. I am in the process of making a few with dark windows.

7. When placing your folded triangle on top of the first piece, make sure it is matched up evenly, pinning if necessary.

8. If you want specific images for your windows, then do not cut squares, but rather just cut triangles featuring the object you want. Make sure the object is in the middle of the triangle, cutting a bigger triangle if necessary.

9. Your color choices make a difference in different layouts, as seen with the blue and orange with the muti-colored window.

Window Sill Effect

This is my new project. In the photo below, the top row, left to right shows my 6-1/2 inch square and the 3 window pieces.

The second row shows the 5 inch square, 3 pinned pieces with the window fabric placed on the right.

The third row shows my partially pinned pieces with the window pieces placed on the left.

Yes, I did follow my own advice and cut the bottom and side fabrics a little on the generous side about 1/8 inch. To get my 4-1/2 inch square, I had to trim a little.

The second set of photos shows 4 different layouts using 6 finished squares. I plan to make at least 10 more.


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      3 years ago

      I love some of the beautiful designs you work with.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I don't quilt, but my friend does and she would love this hub. Thanks!

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      4 years ago

      You've laid out the fabrics in so many different ways! The images you included will surely help those interested in quilting. I haven't tried quilting. I do cross stitching instead.

    • notsuperstitious1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Hello Scott. I am quite sure your aunt will enjoy this tutorial.

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      Scott A McCray 

      4 years ago

      I'm not a quilter - but this is very interesting! I need to share it with my aunt...

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Sorry I couldn't answer your poll, but I don't know much about any of the methods. I have seen this on video, but haven't tried it. Your demo and instructions are good so maybe I'll be able to do it after all. Thanks.

    • notsuperstitious1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Glad you found my tutorial useful enough to give quilting a try.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never done any quilting. You have explained it so well and I have plenty of material I could use, I think I will have a go at making one.

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      What an awesome idea!

    • notsuperstitious1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. I can do y-seams, but I am not very good at them, so I made this tutorial. Glad you found it useful.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I have never attempted any y-seams, so never made a quilt that uses them. This very quick way of making the block encourages me to try it. I love the visual effect.

    • notsuperstitious1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Glad you found my tutorial useful.

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      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is very clever. I hate y-seams so this is very helpful.


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