Assemble Strip Pieced Roman Square Quilt Blocks
- Choose three of your 2" x selvage length fabric strips, varying color warmth or color value among strips.
- Sew the strips together lengthwise. Press seam allowances in one direction.
- Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (8) 5" segments from it (yield will be less for shorter-width fabrics). Stack segments.
- Repeat to make three more strip sets, each from three different fabric strips. Stack like-segments.
- Gather one segment from each stack. Arrange the four segments into two rows, each with two segments as shown. Upper left and lower right segments have bars that run horizontally. Bars in upper right and lower left segments are vertical.
- Sew the segments in each row together. Press new seams in opposite directions and sew the rows together to complete the quilt block. The block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
- Make seven more quilt blocks from your segments, or assemble additional strip sets and mix up the segments when you make the blocks.
To use shorter strips, allow 5" for each segment and add 1/2" to 1" to the total length for squaring up. For example, to cut five 5" segments, cut strips 26" long (5" x 5" = 25" + 1" for squaring up).
Quilt Blocks Sewn Piece by Piece
- Sew three different 2" x 5" bars side by side. Press seam allowances on direction.
- Repeat three times, using different 2" x 5" bars in each segment.
- Sew the four segments together as for the strip pieced Roman Square quilt block.