I have finally found the official name of our first block. The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns that I have used as a source for many of the blocks in the sampler did not have a name for 4 stripes of fabric in each quadrant of the block; they only showed 3. I thought that 4 looked better, so Roman 3 Square became Roman 4 Square.
Yesterday I was looking at some old quilting books and found our block. It is called the Roman Stripe. Maybe now we can find the history of it. Isn't this a lovely variation? You can see more quilts from the Gee's Bend collection here.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Here is the first block of our quilt. I think the photos will help you get off to a good start. Leave a comment if you have any questions. We would love photos of your fabric choices and completed blocks as you go. Happy piecing!
Choose your fabric
Cut 16 5” x 1 5/8” strips of various colors, the length of the strips parallel to the selvage
You need 16 strips total
Arrange the stips
Snap a picture so you can refer back to it as you sew
With 1/4” foot, sew your stips, right sides together!
Press, dry iron, on top, away from the light strips if possible
Sew right 2 sections together
Sew left 2 sections together
Press as you go
Line up the middle seams
Pin on either side of seam
Line up ends and sew!!!!
The completed block