Patience Corners Quilt Block

Patience corners quilt block

Patience corners quilt block

The patience corners quilt block is one of those delightful blocks that look as if they have been quite difficult to make.  I think it’s because the squares are on different levels – you could be forgiven for thinking that you needed partial seams or some such.  That’s particularly noticeable in a quilt when many of these blocks are sewn together.  It is in fact very simple to make.

I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the patience corners quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  four dark blue

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four light blue

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  four light blue

Patience corners quilt block layout

Patience corners quilt block layout

Making the patience corners quilt block

I’ve laid out the patchwork pieces here so that you can see four distinct quarters.  In each corner there’s a dark blue square with a small and a long light blue rectangle on two sides of each square.  The placement of the squares is determined by which two sides the rectangles are placed.

Sew the small rectangles to the squares

Sew the small rectangles to the squares

First sew each 4.1/2″ rectangle to the square in the same quarter.

As you can see, the 6.1/2″ rectangles can now be sewn to the combined square/rectangle to complete each quarter of the patience corners quilt block.

Sew the quarters together in pairs

Sew the quarters together in pairs

Sew the quarters together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the patience corners quilt block.

First patience corners quilt idea

First patience corners quilt idea

Patience corners quilt ideas

For the first quilt idea I have just placed sixteen blocks in four rows of four with no rotation.  I was very taken with this design because it has such a wonderfully jumbled look to it.

Patience corners quilt with block rotation

Patience corners quilt with block rotation

Then I tried rotating the blocks and I liked this design even more.  I felt that in this one there was heaps more to look at – all sorts of designs appear the more you look at it.  Depending on how I’m concentrating on it, the lines appear to move a little – they definitely don’t always look straight although I know that they are.  There are still just sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four, but the appearance is totally different.

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Rose

 

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Comments

  1. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Hello from very windy and stormy Vancouver Island Canada. Love this quilt pattern. Will use this idea for a Halloween quilt for my Granddaughter. So enjoy your posts. Hope you have a lovely holiday with your daughter. Wedding pics were gorgeous.
    Colleen

    • Hi Colleen. Rainy here, but it sounds like your weather is definitely worse. Love the idea of a Halloween quilt – in fact you could theme it to any special occasion or even make it a photo quilt.

  2. I love the alternative placing for the blocks 🙂
    I made this a while ago & used the first setting, it’s 1 of my favourites because I used a ditsy print for the background so all the seams disappeared, looks like the squares are floating 🙂
    Think I might have to make it again & use your setting!

  3. Dear Rose – Hope your move went smoothly and you are now nicely settled in. Sorry I haven’t been around for a bit and now at last a no-triangles quilt. Thank you,
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny – I’d been wondering how you were. Good to hear from you. You and many others are pleased at the lack of triangles!

  4. hello from Auckland New Zealand, spring time here and we are all freezing cold, daytime 12c and night time 8c so still bundling up! Spring time weather arriving on Monday with the accompanying rains, arghh, roll on November when all settles for a hopefully nice warm summer, we need it! I love your patterns Rose and look forward to my weekly freeby!

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