Roman Pavements Quilt Pattern

Roman pavements quilt

Roman pavements quilt

The Roman Pavements quilt pattern arises of course from my recent visit to Rome.  It is not based on designs that I saw there, but rather on two blocks which both have ‘Roman’ in their name.  I’ve used nine blocks which are 18″ square finished size – the Roman Pavements quilt block and the Roman Stripes and Squares block.  The colours used are those of the Italian flag – red, white and green.

The quilt measures 58″ square and I needed 1/4 yard of light green, 1/2 yard of white, 1 yard each of dark green and red with 1.3/4 yards of medium green.




Cutting requirements for the Roman pavements quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  four dark green

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in dark green and white, four each in medium green and white, four each in light green and white

6.1/2″ squares:  eight white

18.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen red, thirty two medium green

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two red, sixteen green

For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of dark green across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.

Place a green square right sides together with a white square.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the white and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Central section of the block

Central section of the block

Make the Roman pavements quilt block

I’m showing this block in sections to make it more easy to check on the correct placement of the triangles.  Place four dark green/white half square triangles in the middle.  Lay them so that the dark green triangles are together, forming a diamond in the middle.

On each edge of this place a pair of light green/white half square triangles.  Lay them so that the light green triangles lie together to form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.

Place a dark green/white half square triangle in each corner with the dark green on the outside, forming the corners of this section.

Roman pavements quilt block layout

Roman pavements quilt block layout

The next frame contains medium green and dark green.  Lay two medium green/white half square triangles on each edge of the central section with a dark green/white half square triangle on either side of them.  Place a dark green square in each corner.  Lay the medium green triangles so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

The dark green square with three dark green triangles together form a shape that looks a bit like an open envelope in each corner.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  It measures 18.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make one only.

Use strip piecing

Use strip piecing

Make the Roman stripes and squares blocks

I’ve adapted this simple block to fit with my ideas for the quilt.  It is much more easy to make if you use strip piecing.  Sew together panels of 2.1/2″ strips of red/green/red and of green/red/green.

Make squares and rectangles

Make squares and rectangles

Cut the red/green/red at 6.1/2″ intervals to make 6.1/2″ squares.

Cut the green/red/green panels at 18.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles 18.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.

Roman stripes and squares layout

Roman stripes and squares layout

Lay these strips out as shown – a green/red/green strip on each side with a central column made using two red/green/red strips and a white square in the middle.

Sew the three squares together down the central column and then sew the three columns to each other.

This block also measures 18.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make eight of them.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the Roman pavements quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Rows one and three are the same as each other, made with three stripes and squares blocks.  Place the first and third blocks with the long stripes running vertically.  Lay the second block with the long stripes running horizontally.

Row two

Row two

Make row two with the Roman pavements quilt block in the middle.  Place a stripes and squares block on each side of it, with the long strips running vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Quilt border

Quilt border

Add the quilt border

I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark green fabric for the quilt border.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Roman pavements quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Roman images

Roman images

Last week I promised you photos of my trip to Rome.  I’ve written them up as a separate article.  Click on Rome images to see the article and photos.

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Comments

  1. This Roman Pavements quilt is more complicated than most and the rich coloured and patterned fabrics look splendid together.

    • Thanks, June. It’s actually quite an easy quilt to put together even though it may look complex. Although I was aiming for the colours of the Italian flag, it’s ended up looking like a belated Christmas quilt!

  2. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Nive pattern. Does not look to hard. Our weather is getting better and the sun is out so I will feel like getting back to quilting. I certainly have some wonderful pattern to choose from. Thank you for being there and sending them every Friday. I love Fridays.
    Have a good time tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. You’re right – it is an easy quilt pattern and goes together quite quickly. Glad to hear that your weather is improving. I feel that I can’t complain about our weather when I hear about the weather you’ve been having.

  3. Rose,
    I really lie the center block and your tutorial is, as usual, very good.
    Thank you.
    At the moment I’m making a simple quilt and I cannot believe
    the amount of mistakes I’ve made.
    It’s the case if it can go wrong.
    Enjoy your visit to Litchfield

    • Hi Mary. I have quilts like that – I can concentrate fiercely thinking that I’ll get it right this time and sometimes I even make exactly the same mistake that I’ve just unpicked! So I know just how how you feel.

  4. Carol Tambourine says:

    Ooh, I really like this one.

  5. I love this one…thank you

  6. Hello Rose, I am Maureen Cloke. Thank you for continually sending me your lovely quilts to make. I have just moved to Hereford and I am anxious to find a quilting outlet. I have moved from Kent and worked for the charity LINUS. Can you help me at all.

    • Hi Maureen. You’re lucky – Hereford has a wonderful quilt shop – Doughty’s. They have a wonderful selection of fabrics. I can’t remember their address but you’ll find it on the internet. They have three shops in the alleys set back from High Street. One’s haberdashery, one’s sewing fabrics and one’s quilting fabrics.

  7. Okemah Barton says:

    I think this is my favorite quilt of yours ever! I see this in different colors in my mind, but will send a pic when I finish it!

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