Philadelphia Pavement Quilt Block

Philadelphia pavement quilt block

Philadelphia pavement quilt block

The Philadelphia Pavement quilt block is a very simple five patch block, but gives quite a fresh looking quilt.  I have made it here as a 15″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Philadelphia pavement quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  nine white

3.7/8″ squares:  two purple, two white

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  four pink

Making the Philadelphia pavement quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a purple and a white 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 will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances toward the purple and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

The block is made by creating a nine patch unit in the middle and then adding the pink and white frame outside this.

Philadelphia pavement quilt block layout

Philadelphia pavement quilt block layout

The nine patch unit is made with five white squares and the four half square triangles made above.  The half square triangles are placed in the corners of the nine patch, with the white squares everywhere else.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

The outer frame is made with a white square in each corner and a pink rectangle along each edge of the central nine patch unit.

Sew the squares of the nine patch unit together first, then sew the pink rectangles to the top and bottom of this.  Sew the white squares and pink rectangles of the sides together to make two columns.  Now you can sew the three columns together to complete the Philadelphia pavement quilt block.

Philadelphia pavement quilt idea

Philadelphia pavement quilt idea

For this quilt idea I have just shown nine blocks sewn togethr in three rows of three.  This makes quite a pretty quilt.

To make this quilt you would need 1.1/4 yards of white and 1 yard each of purple and pink.

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  1. Very pretty indeed.

  2. Hello Rose, Very pretty. I’m new to quilting and found your you tube page. Can you tell me how to figure out how much material is needed to make a quilt for a full size bed with this block. I think I need about 30 blocks if I did that correctly but how I’m not sure about figuring out how much material I would need for each color?

  3. HI Rose, love the simplicity of this block. Sometimes we need that. I have been working on the hunters star for several days. It’s about 3/4 done. I already want to move onto something else. That’s my problem…after about a week, I’m tired of looking at it. But, I will finish it and start something fast and quick…Table Toppers for Xmas gifts.
    I love looking at all your beautiful patterns. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Linda. Sometimes the simple blocks can be just as attractive as the more complex blocks, although Hunters Star certainly takes some beating. Hope you finish it soon.