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I couldn’t resist making another quilt project using the Square in a Square quilt block.
When I shared the tutorial for the Square in a Square table topper the other day, someone caught an error in the cutting. It has been corrected and I sent out my newsletter letter letting everyone know to download the pdf again. Sorry about that!
My original Square in a Square table topper was given as a gift so I decided to make another one that was just a little bit bigger. I happened to have a beautiful Island Batik pumpkin print that had been in my stash for several years. I think it was the leftover backing for a quilt.
I have not included yardage as I was just using fabric I had in my stash.
8 ½” Square in a Square quilt block tutorial
I have used the Electric Quilt software for years, here is a diagram from EQ8 showing the cutting for the 8½” finished square in a square block.
- Cream – cut two 5 1/8 inch squares and then cut them diagonally to create four half square triangles
- Pumpkin print – cut one 6½” square
- Use a ¼” seam allowance
- The half square triangles are a little longer than the center square
- Fold each one in half and pin to the center of the center square.
- Sew the half square triangles to the sides of the 6½” square sewing to opposite side first
- Press and then add the last two
- Trim the dog ears, your block should measure 9 inches
- Cut two 1½” x 9″ strips and sew to two sides
- Cut two 1½” x 11″ strips and sew to the remaining sides
- Cut two 2½” x 11″ strips and sew to two sides
- Cut two 2½” x 15″ strips and sew to the remaining sides
Final Print Border:
- Cut two 2″ x 15″ strips and sew to two sides
- Cut two 2″ x 18″ strips and sew to the remaining sides
Add your backing and batting, then quilt as desired.
A easy way to figure how much binding you need is to add all four sides and then add 5 inches.
Example: Each size is 18 inches – 18+18+18+18 = 72 add 5 = 77 inches.
Cut two 2½”x width of fabric strips and use my machine binding tutorial to add your binding to the table topper.
I also wanted to double check the cutting so I made a couple sample blocks that turned into matching placemats. Why waste the blocks right?
I used the measurements from the other tutorial for the Square in a Square table topper for the center square but a little different measurements to turn them into place mats.
13″ x 16″
Pumpkin Print Border:
- Cut two 1¼” x 6½” strips and sew to two sides
- Cut two 1¼” x 8″ strips and sew to the remaining sides
- Cut two 2″ x 8″ strips and sew to two sides
- Cut two 2″ x 11″ strips and sew to the top and bottom
Final Pumpkin Print Border:
- Cut two 3″” x 11″ strips and sew to the sides
- Cut two 1½” x 16″ strips and sew to the top and bottom
I had just enough of the batik fabric left to make a fabric basket. For this basket, I cut the fabrics 16″ square and the corners were 2½”. My fabric basket tutorial will give you complete directions on how to make it.
Little Sadie was kind enough to inspect it for me.
Looks cute on our tiny table.
Another great way to cut out quilt blocks is by using the AccuQuilt GO! cutter and dies. Your half square triangles are dog-eared and will match up perfectly. I love using mine and right now they are on sale!