Providence Quilt Block Pattern - Beginner Friendly

Posted by Elaine Huff on

This easy method of creating the traditional Providence Quilt block goes together quickly. You'll have a stunning quilt done in no time! Let's get sewing!

providence quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 10" Finished Providence Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 2 - 3.5" squares, 4 - 3" squares, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Yellow: 4 - 3" squares
  • Dark/Pink: 2 - 3.5" squares, and 4 - 2.5" squares

providence fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Half Square Triangle Units:

Step 1:

Using the 4 - Light/White 3" squares and the 4 - Medium/Yellow 3" squares, sew together 8 Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Half Square Triangle block and how to square them up at Trim/square up the units to 2.5".

providence 1

Hourglass Units:

Step 2:

Piece together four Hourglass units (also known as quarter square triangles) using the 2 - Light/White 3.5" squares and the 2 - Dark/Pink 3.5" squares like the ones in the picture below. The tutorial for making a basic Hourglass block (includes squaring up) can be found at Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square.

providence 2

Putting It All Together:

Step 3:

Lay out the Half Square Triangle units, the Hourglass units, the 3 - Light/White 2.5" squares, and the 4 - Dark/Pink 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.

providence 3

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Step 4:

Sew all the patches into five rows like you see in the picture below.

providence 4

Step 5:

Press the seam allowances away from the Half Square Triangle and Hourglass units as shown below. 

providence 5

Step 6:

All that's left is to sew the rows together and...

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Step 7:

Press the top and bottom seam allowances toward the center and press the middle two seam allowances away from the center as shown in the picture below. You're done! Quick and easy!

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The method of piecing the Providence block was fun. Beautiful results in a short amount of time. The traditional method used templates and Y-seams, so this version is much easier! I recommend using fabrics with a lot of contrast on this block because a wonderful secondary design emerges when sewing multiple blocks together.

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Happy Quilting!


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