Lady of the Lake Block

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block

The poetic name of this beautiful block goes back to the Arthurian legend where several different characters assume the name 'Lady of the Lake'. They play different roles including raising Lancelot after the death of his father. The legend inspired several important works in poetry and music. A poem written by Sir Walter Scott and published in 1810 became inspiration for the opera 'La Donna del Lago' by Gioachino Rossini and to a series of Lieder by Franz Schubert. According to 'The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns' by Jinny Beyer,this particular 10 by 10 grid version of the Lady of the Lake block was first published in the Nashville Banner in 1933. Not surprisingly there are several different versions for this block. It can also change dramatically depending on the individual colour placement.

Finished size of the block

20" (50 cm)

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing Diagram

Cutting

For 2 blocks

  • Triangle A: Cut twenty 4 3/8" (11,4 cm) squares from the light fabrics. Cut the squares diagonally into two half-square triangles, making 40 light triangles.
  • Triangle B: Cut twenty 4 3/8" (11,4 cm) squares from the dark fabrics. Cut the squares diagonally into two half-square triangles, making 40 dark  triangles.
  • Triangle A': Cut two 6 1/4" (16,2 cm) squares from the light fabrics. Cut the squares twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles, making 8 light triangles.
  • Triangle B': Cut two 6 1/4" (16,2 cm) squares from the dark fabrics. Cut the squares twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles, making 8 dark triangles.
  • Triangle C: Cut one 11 1/4" (28,9 cm) squares from the light fabric. Cut the square twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles, making 4 light triangles.
  • Triangle D: Cut one 11 1/4" (28,9 cm) squares from the medium fabric. Cut the square twice diagonally into four quarter-square triangles, making 4 medium triangles.

Note:

If you only want to sew one block for the time being, only cut 10 squares for triangles A, B, A', and B'. For triangle C and D, you still have to cut one square, but you need to discard two C and two D triangles as they won't be used for a single block.

Sewing

For 1 block

  • Sew one dark triangle B and one light triangle A together to make a 4" or 10,4 cm square (3,5" or 8,9 cm finished size).

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  •  Make 20 AB squares.

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Join one B' triangle and two AB squares EXACTLY as shown in the picture below:

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Join three AB squares and one B' triangle EXACTLY as shown on the picture below.

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Join one section B'-AB-AB with one triangle C. Then sew C-B'-AB-AB to the AB-AB-AB-B' section.

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Make two quarter Lady of the Lake block sections as shown in the picture below.

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Repeat the process as described above with the following placement of light and dark triangles. Make sure that you follow exactly the placement of light and dark triangles as shown in the following pictures!

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Make two quarter Lady of the Lake block sections as shown in the picture below.

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Arrange the four block sections as shown in the picture below:

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

  • Sew together adjoining block sections, then join the two remaining half blocks to finish your Lady of the Lake block:

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing

Finally: the finished Lady of the Lake block!

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block Piecing