Sewing a Square Squared Quilt Block involves a series of steps that will result in a beautiful and symmetrical design. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make a Square Squared Quilt Block:
- Fabric (in two contrasting colors)
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
Cut a square from each fabric color. The size of the squares should be the finished size of the block plus 1 1/4 inches. For example, if you want to make a 6-inch finished block, cut two 7 1/4 inch squares.
Place the two squares right sides together, aligning the edges.
Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the wrong side of one of the squares.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut along the drawn line to create two half-square triangles.
Press the seams open on both half-square triangles.
Place one half-square triangle on the cutting mat, right side up. Place the square ruler over it, aligning the diagonal line on the ruler with the diagonal seam on the half-square triangle. Trim the excess fabric on two sides of the block.
Rotate the block 180 degrees and trim the remaining two sides, aligning the ruler with the trimmed edges.
Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the second half-square triangle.
Place the two trimmed half-square triangles right sides together, aligning the seams. Pin in place.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the pinned seam.
Cut along the center seam to create two identical Square Squared Quilt Blocks.
Press the seams open.
You now have a beautiful Square Squared Quilt Block that you can repeat to create a larger quilt. With some practice, you can create a variety of designs by changing the color and placement of the blocks. Happy sewing!
The secret to the perfect four patch is all about ironing seams so that they butt together when the seams are joined. You may make the four patch by cutting individual squares if you want to make a scrappy quilt or only a few blocks to make with pre-joined strips. I'll take you through both methods.
Cut two A squares and two B squares in your required size. Chain piecing, join A square to a B square, right sides together, with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press towards the dark fabric.
This is your result:
This is also the result of cutting across pre-joined strips to create two units.
To make a standard four patch, the width of the unit cut from pre-joined strips is the same as the width of the original strips.
Press all the seams towards the dark fabric so that the seame butt-up.
Take the two A/B and place them right sides together, butting seams. Pin if required. Join with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, then press.
You can apply this technique to all kinds of four patch blocks. As long as a block has a 4x4 grid, no matter how many pieces, the basic principles apply. It is repeated over and over again each four patch laying adjacent to the next. As long as you keep pressing seams in pairs of opposite directions, piecing will become easy.
All of the following blocks have 4x4 grids and can be pieaced as a four patch.