The square in a square quilt block can be a stand-alone quilt block or a unit in another quilt block. There are several methods to make this basic building quilt block, but I prefer this method for its ease in cutting and sewing. With this method there are some scraps, but you don’t need to handle bias edges which can easily stretch your quilt block out of shape.
The square in a square quilt block is made from two fabrics. Here is a layout of the quilt block:
Determining how to cut your fabric is pretty easy. For the center fabric, cut a square the finished block size plus 1/2″ for seam allowances. For the corners, cut four (4) squares the finished block size divided by two (2), plus 1/2″ for seam allowances. Here is a fabric calculator for the square in a square quilt block:
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Here are step-by-step directions to make the square in a square quilt block:
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