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
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.
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 and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the patience corners quilt block.
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.
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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