Roman Pavements Quilt Pattern

Roman pavements quilt

Roman pavements quilt

The Roman Pavements quilt pattern arises of course from my recent visit to Rome.  It is not based on designs that I saw there, but rather on two blocks which both have ‘Roman’ in their name.  I’ve used nine blocks which are 18″ square finished size – the Roman Pavements quilt block and the Roman Stripes and Squares block.  The colours used are those of the Italian flag – red, white and green.

The quilt measures 58″ square and I needed 1/4 yard of light green, 1/2 yard of white, 1 yard each of dark green and red with 1.3/4 yards of medium green.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




 

Cutting requirements for the Roman pavements quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  four dark green

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in dark green and white, four each in medium green and white, four each in light green and white

6.1/2″ squares:  eight white

18.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen red, thirty two medium green

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two red, sixteen green

For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of dark green across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.

Place a green square right sides together with a white square.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the white and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Central section of the block

Central section of the block

Make the Roman pavements quilt block

I’m showing this block in sections to make it more easy to check on the correct placement of the triangles.  Place four dark green/white half square triangles in the middle.  Lay them so that the dark green triangles are together, forming a diamond in the middle.

On each edge of this place a pair of light green/white half square triangles.  Lay them so that the light green triangles lie together to form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.

Place a dark green/white half square triangle in each corner with the dark green on the outside, forming the corners of this section.

Roman pavements quilt block layout

Roman pavements quilt block layout

The next frame contains medium green and dark green.  Lay two medium green/white half square triangles on each edge of the central section with a dark green/white half square triangle on either side of them.  Place a dark green square in each corner.  Lay the medium green triangles so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

The dark green square with three dark green triangles together form a shape that looks a bit like an open envelope in each corner.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  It measures 18.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make one only.

Use strip piecing

Use strip piecing

Make the Roman stripes and squares blocks

I’ve adapted this simple block to fit with my ideas for the quilt.  It is much more easy to make if you use strip piecing.  Sew together panels of 2.1/2″ strips of red/green/red and of green/red/green.

Make squares and rectangles

Make squares and rectangles

Cut the red/green/red at 6.1/2″ intervals to make 6.1/2″ squares.

Cut the green/red/green panels at 18.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles 18.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.

Roman stripes and squares layout

Roman stripes and squares layout

Lay these strips out as shown – a green/red/green strip on each side with a central column made using two red/green/red strips and a white square in the middle.

Sew the three squares together down the central column and then sew the three columns to each other.

This block also measures 18.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make eight of them.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the Roman pavements quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Rows one and three are the same as each other, made with three stripes and squares blocks.  Place the first and third blocks with the long stripes running vertically.  Lay the second block with the long stripes running horizontally.

Row two

Row two

Make row two with the Roman pavements quilt block in the middle.  Place a stripes and squares block on each side of it, with the long strips running vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Quilt border

Quilt border

Add the quilt border

I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark green fabric for the quilt border.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Roman pavements quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Roman images

Roman images

Last week I promised you photos of my trip to Rome.  I’ve written them up as a separate article.  Click on Rome images to see the article and photos.

Visiting Rome – Italy – Photos

Rome wasn't built in a day

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Visiting Rome was a real treat.  It’s an enchanting city and I’m very aware that there is much more to it than I managed to see – after all they say that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Visiting Rome

Visiting Rome

Rome was founded in 735 BC.  You must know the legend of Romulus and Remus – twin brothers who were brought up by a wolf and went on to found the city.  There is a square with a huge statue of the twins with the wolf, but I didn’t have time to visit it.  In those days it was an Iron Age hut village, but of course in later centuries the Roman Republic went on to conquer and rule much of Europe and North Africa.

St Peter's basilica

St Peter’s basilica

Vatican City

The Vatican is a city state within Rome, ruled by the Pope.  It was formed in 1929.  My hotel was near the Vatican City so I was able to visit it early in the morning and see it before the crowds had arrived.

First stop was St Peter’s Basilica.  The open square in front of this is the one where you see the crowds waiting for a papal blessing.  The building itself is one of those that overwhelms you completely – so much beauty to see.

Steps to St Peter's tomb

Steps to St Peter’s tomb

It is built over St Peter’s tomb and these are the steps (closed to the public) leading down to his tomb.  As you can see, they are right in front of the altar.

Within the Vatican Museum

Within the Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Next stop was the Vatican Museum, containing the Sistine Chapel.  Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of this room.  No photos allowed but it was absolutely breath taking.

Further on within the museum I came across this lovely sculpture in an open square.  I thought that the design was etched on the ball itself, but it’s actually cut into the ball and the dark bits are the inner ball.  Very clever.

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

From there I made my way into Rome itself.  More by accident than design I found my way to the Trevi Fountains.  My sense of direction is hopeless and even Google Maps had trouble directing me there.  However it was well worth it when I eventually arrived there.  By this time there were loads of people around so I couldn’t get in close to the fountain.  Apparently you should throw three coins in the fountain (over your left shoulder).  The first is to ensure that you return to Rome, the second and third guarantee a romance and marriage.  I was content just to soak up the beauty of the sculptures and fountains.

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

The geographical centre of Rome is the Piazza Venezia.  This is dominated by the Monument of Victor Emmanuel.  It was only completed in 1925 so in Roman terms is relatively modern.  It’s built in white marble.  I thought it was beautiful but apparently it’s known locally as the typewriter building!

It would have been easy to spend a whole day exploring this square but I didn’t have the time.

 

Colosseum

Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum is of course very much part of ancient Rome.  I didn’t take any photos of the outside because there are thousands of those photos all over the internet.  Instead I’ve chosen this photo of the interior to show you.  I was absolutely fascinated by the warren of rooms and corridors which lay underneath the arena.  This was where the gladiators, lions and prisoners were housed before they appeared in the arena.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Visiting Rome is such a treat because wherever you go you keep happening upon wonderful squares of great beauty.  Piazza Navona was one square that Google Maps and I happened on by accident.

It is actually one of the best known squares in Rome with fountains, statues and sculptures all over.  I rather liked this seagull perched on the head of one of the sculptures.  It was easier to get close to him than to the Bernini fountain which dominates the square.

Quilt inspiration

Quilt inspiration

Quilt Inspiration

Obviously visiting Rome provided mountains of ideas for quilts.  This is actually a floor tile design but it would make a gorgeous stained glass quilt – one day!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

I’ve made up a small video of some of the places I visited in Rome:

 

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