Quilt Lessons in Mitering Your Attic Windows

March 12, 2014

Attic Window BlockHow many of you shy away from mitered corners, whether it is in an Attic Window block (as shown in this sample) or a border?  Your quilt lessons for today will cover the “challenge” of creating a mitered corner.  Quite often a Quilter will create the mitered look by sewing half-square triangle blocks for these corners - which I believe takes longer than sewing a true mitered corner.  There can be many quilt lessons found in any single project.  Just be aware of each step you are taking, and you may end up with more quilt lessons than you thought possible in creating one item.   Attic Window TemplateAttic Window Template - 1To make a quilt with the size blocks shown in the sample, you will need to create a template (purple in the photo).  As you can see in the drawing, you will need to measure it to 2 ½” wide with 4” on one side and 6 ½” on the other side, then cut it at a 45 degree angle. Fussy cut 4” squares for the “focus” center, then cut 2 ½” wide strips x WOF of each a dark and light fabric - layer the 2 ½” light fabric on top with right sides together.  Using the template and your rotary cutter, these strips of fabrics for quilting can be cut into many pieces in a short time.  If you want your bottom window “sill” to be light, use your template as shown in the photo. Attic Window Block layoutThis photo shows the layout of your block.  Each block will be sewn in the same order: (1) sew the focus square to the light bottom window “sill”; (2) sew the dark “side” to the focus square; and (3) connect the window “sill” and “side” into a mitered corner. 1-4 in. dot - Sewing StartPerfect Binding MitreHere are your true quilt lessons for the day.  The pencil photo shows a ¼” dot indicating the start/stop areas for sewing the “sill” and “side” of the Attic Window block.  The photo with the gloves, shows another method to find your ¼” start/stop area using a little tool called a “perfect binding miter” - no need to mark it with a pencil, simply find the ¼” corner seam and lower your needle - pull away the tool and set your stitches. Join window sill & sideNow your quilt lessons are almost complete for block construction once you have joined the window “sill” and the window “side”.  Line up your two window piece edges and start sewing where you left off and make sure you sew a straight seam.  You may find that you are creating a ½” seam - not to worry because you probably will have to trim your sewn block into a square. Press Seams Away From CenterTrim block to SquarePress the focus fabric seams away from the center, and press open the seam connecting the two window fabrics.  Then trim your block to a square.  Mine happened to come out to 5 ¾” after trimming, which is fine with me - the main thing is that they are all equal in size. I hope these quilt lessons on mitering your Attic Windows has helped you out.  If you have never mitered corners before using this method, give it a try - you might just like it. Thanks for visiting us at QuiltAddict.com where quilting is……………..A Great Habit. We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Comment" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) At bottom of  "Comment" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File".  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files.  3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or  "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet.  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment.