This simple quilt block pattern goes by the enticing name of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul. It’s quite easy to see where the name springs from: the squares look as though you have stolen the corners of the dark squares and added them to the light squares and done the same to the corners of the light squares to add to the dark squares. In fact, of course, it is much simpler to cut small squares and use them to create the corners of the larger squares. I have made it here as an 8″ block.
Dark fabric: one 4.1/2″ square, two 2.1/2″ squares
Light fabric: one 4.1/2″ square, two 2.1/2″ squares
Making the Rob Peter to pay Paul quilt block
Turn the small squares over so that the wrong side is facing up and mark a line along one diagonal of each square. Lay one small light square in the corner of a dark large square and one small dark square in the corner of a large light square. Place them so that the marked line cuts across the corner and sew along that line. Repeat with all the squares.
Place the remaining small squares in the diagonally opposite corners of the large squares and sew along the marked lines again. Trim the two layers of excess fabric across the corners of the large squares, about 1/4″ from the seam line. This means that when you flip the part of the small square that faces the centre towards the corner you will have only one layer of fabric.
Repeat with all four large squares. Lay these out with the two light squares diagonally opposite each other and the two dark squares diagonally opposite each other. Sew these squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to complete the Rob Peter to Pay Paul quilt block. It needs to be made with fabrics that contrast strongly to make a really eyecatching block.
My work in progress is finishing the Christmas tablecloth that I began a few weeks ago. I have echo quilted the stars and now I want to make a holly wreath of some sort to go in the middle of each star.
I’m also working on a tumbling blocks quilt for the newsletter – this is one that I have been asked for many, many times.
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