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How to Sew Providence Quilt Blocks
Providence is an easy star quilt block pattern in a five-patch layout. The block is sewn using a combination of squares, half square triangle units, and quarter square triangle units. Both of the triangle unit variations are easy to assemble with quick piecing methods.
Half Square Triangle Unit Methods
The instructions assume you will use a quick pieced half square triangle method that pairs two squares together sandwich style to make the triangle units. If you choose another method, alter the cutting instructions as needed. Choose a method that will yield units that finish at 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" —or are an unfinished 3" x 3" square.
Use 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" squares if you assemble half square triangle units with the Magic 8 technique to sew eight identical units at the same time.
No matter which technique you choose, sew with larger pieces of fabric if you like to improve accuracy by trimming back units to the correct size before assembling blocks.
Finished block size: 12-1/2" x 12-1/2"
Providence Quilt Block Fabrics & Cutting
Two different green print background fabrics are illustrated. They are similar, but the fabric used in quarter square triangle units is slightly lighter in color value and doesn't contrast a lot with the other green.
The deep purple fabrics (one is multicolor) blend with each other but do differ. Squares at the quilt block's outer midpoints are made from a paisley fabric that picks up some of the other colors in the block, but the fabric isn't quite as dark as the purple star tips.
- Light green print for background: (4) 3-3/8" x 3-3/8" squares; (9) 3" x 3" squares
- Lightest green print: (2) 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" squares
- Deepest purple print: (2) 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" squares (for quarter square triangle units)
- Purple/multicolor print: (4) 3-3/8" x 3-3/8" squares
- Medium paisley print: (4) 3" x 3" squares
Choose entirely different fabrics to create a block with a different look.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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Sew the Providence Quilt Block
Providence Quilt Block Assembly
Continue to 3 of 3 below.
- Gather your 3-3/8" x 3-3/8" light green squares and your purple/multicolor squares of the same size. Use my easy quick piecing method to pair contrasting squares, making four half square triangle units. When complete, each unit should measure 3" x 3".
- Gather your 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" lightest green squares and the deep purple squares of the same size. Use the same easy method to pair contrasting squares. Completed half square triangle units should measure 3-3/8" x 3-3/8".
- Take your Step 2 units one notch further, combining them to make quarter square triangle units. Follow the directions in my tutorial, and be sure to place unlike triangles right sides together when it's time to sew. Each completed unit should measure 3" x 3" square.
- Arrange the pieced units and the squares into the top, middle and bottom rows as illustrated (lower left). Sew units in each section together, pressing seams in adjoining units in opposite directions where possible.
- Sew components of each row together.
- Join the rows and press. The quilt block should measure 13" x 13".
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Providence Quilt Layout Example
This example illustrates how four identical Providence quilt blocks would look if they were sewn side-by-side in a horizontal setting. The layout will change dramatically if you make a scrap quilt, or if you alter contrast in the patchwork.
You might prefer to sew sashing between quilt blocks, separate them with plain setting squares, or use an alternate block between them,