Several years ago I saw this block made up in a little quilt shop in Lancaster, and felt it was calling to me. I decided it would be perfect in my 2007 Row by Row, and it was. (It's on the top row.)
The Patience Corners block uses 4 different fabrics, color one, color two, color three and background. Again I'm showing you a distinctly light and dark purple to make the block just to distinguish between the two colors. By using two colors that are just slightly different, you get the shadow affect that makes this block so neat. At the bottom of the page is a photo of my Patience Corners block so you can see which colors I've used.
| For a 12 1/2 inch block you will need:
four 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles of color one,
four 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles of color two,
eight 3-1/2" squares of color three and
eight 3-1/2" squares of background fabric.
| Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of all the squares to make it easier on yourself. These will be sewing lines.
Lay one of the 3-1/2" color three squares on top of one of the 3-1/2" X 6-1/2" color one rectangles, right sides together, with the line as shown. Sew on the diagonal line. Trim the fabric 1/4" away from the sewn line. Press the seam allowance to the outside. Repeat with the left over color one rectangles.
Put one of the marked 3-1/2" background fabric squares, right sides together with one of the sets made above. Sew on the diagonal line. Trim the fabric 1/4" away from the sewn line. Press the seam allowance to the outside.
Repeat this same process with the color two rectangles. Watch the directions of your diagonal lines. These sets go in the opposite direction as the first sets.
For ease in construction, press the two different sets in opposite directions. The first ones we pressed to the outside, so press these inwards.
Sew one of each set together as shown.
| Now sew the four sets together as shown here, to complete your Patience Corners block.
Here is my Patience Corners block for my Row by Row.
Patience Corners © Delaware Quilts January 2003
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Updated June 6, 2020