The Providence quilt block is a real stunner and is another of those that look more complicated than they are. Just break it down into small steps. I have made it here as a 15″ square.
Cutting requirements for the providence quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four cream, one brown, four red, four pink
3.7/8″ squares: four each in cream and brown
4.1/4″ squares: one red, one cream, two pink
Making the providence quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a cream and a brown square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Put these away now so that they don’t get mixed up with the quarter square triangles.
These are made with the 4.1/4″ squares. Place one pink square with one cream square, one pink square with a red square and make half square triangles as above. Now place a red/pink half square triangle and a cream/pink half square triangle with right sides together. Note that these are placed so that the seams on the half square triangles are in line with each other and the pink triangles are not opposite each other.
Mark a line along the diagonal running at right angles to the seams and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line and you will have two quarter square triangles. These will have the two pink triangles opposite each other and the red and cream triangles opposite each other.
That’s the most difficult part of the block done – now it’s just a case of laying the squares out and sewing them together.
The squares are laid out in five rows of five. There’s a cream square in each corner with a pink square diagonally in from each corner. One red square appears in the middle of each edge and the brown square is in the middle. The half square triangles are placed each side of the corner squares with the brown triangles pointing towards each other in a butterfly sort of placement. The quarter square triangles are placed around the central square with the cream triangle running along the edge of the brown square. This gives you that lovely cream diamond around the central square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the providence quilt block.
Here’s the video:
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