Monday, January 23, 2012

QF Square in a Square Plus

General Description:  This block is a square in a square.

Cutting Directions: to make one block
  • Pink - cut 4, 2 1/2" squares
  • White - cut 1, 4 1/2" square
Piecing Directions:
  • Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2 1/2" square (there should be 4)
  • Align a 2 1/2" square with a corner of the 4 1/2" square with right sides together and drawn line parallel to the corner.
  • Sew next to the diagonal line.  Place your stitches just tot he corner edge of the line.  I used the presser foot as a guide and let the line go under the metal right at the edge of the sewing area.
  • Fold 2 1/2" piece back to reveal a 4 1/2" square with one colored corner.  There should be three pieces of fabric meeting in one corner.
  • Press toward corner.
  • Do this to each corner of the 4 1/2" square.
  • Leaving a 1/4" seam allowance, trim the excess fabric from the back of block.

Helpful to remember:  To alter the size of this block....
  • Determine the size of the finished block that you desire.
  • Add 1/2" to all sides (seam allowances)
  • Cut a square of fabric this size for the base of your block.  (That would be the white in the example above.)
  • Divide length of patch cut by 2 and add 1/4"
  • Cut four squares of fabric this size for the corners of your block.  (That would be the pink in the example above.)
Using the example above the math works like this.
  • My finished block is 4" square
  • Add 1/2" to all sides and I get a 4 1/2"
  • Cut a 4 1/2" square for base of block
  • Divide 4 1/2" by 2 and get 2 1/4"
  • Add 1/4" to that and get 2 1/2"
  • Cut 4, 2 1/2" squares for corners.

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