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Windowpane quilts

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If your quilt looks like one of these, it may be a windowpane quilt. That means that the pieces between the blocks (sashing, as in window sash) is not part of the block itself.

Windowpane quilt with appliqué Windowpane quilt with appliqué blocks and corner-square sashing
To find the block name, you need to look only at the large squares.
Windowpane quilts

A windowpane setting is traditional for sampler quilts—quilts with a different design in each block. Windowpane settings are also used for memory quilts (with photographs printed on fabric) and friendship quilts (with signatures).

Blocks with built-in sashing are a different animal.

The mockup at right is made of Hour Glass blocks. You can tell it isn't a windowpane quilt because the space between blocks is made up of two different colors:

Hour Glass
You can tell that sashing is added if the quilt's blocks have no frame in the block itself — Economy, for example. It's almost identical to Hour Glass.

Hour Glass
includes a frame

has no frame
.... .... .... ....

Bleeding Heart

Blocks with frames that have corner squares, such as Bleeding Heart, go together with a 4-piece square between each center square.

We've alternated these two blocks in the mockup at right to show what we mean:

     Duck & Ducklings blocks
A block with a small center square can also look as though it has sashing. Check out the mockup of Duck & Ducklings:

If the mockup had a sash-like border as well, you'd know that it was made of Duck & Ducklings blocks because of the seams in the middle of the smallest on-point square—where the block corners meet—and that the ouside "sashing" encircles a half block.

Children's Delight

With offset-square blocks, however, you can't tell where the block ends and the sashing begins. In the mockup of Children's Delight, you get a hint from the missing sashing on the left and bottom edges: Children's Delight

...but a finished quilt will have a sashing-like border all the way around, and you may mistake the block for a Nine Patch. Only the difference in proportions tells you otherwise: Children's Delight is on a 6x6 grid and Nine Patch on a 4x4. Nine Patch*

A few notes: The butterfly pictured on our windowpane examples is based on June Butterfly, which is not a windowpane block, but part of a block in our section on Objects. Click here to see it: June Butterfly Block

A block that makes diagonal lines when it's set in a group is called a lattice block on this site. For lattice blocks, click here:

*It's called a Nine Patch, but this block is actually a 4-patch. Click on the block for more information