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Square in a Square Quilt Block

The square in a square quilt block is simple, easy and fun. Today I share how to make this block. Plus give lots of inspiration on using it in your quilts.

Simply a square surrounded by four triangles this classic block has so many possibilities. It may be a favorite. After all it is on point. You know I love that setting. If you have an Accuquilt Go and any of the cube sets, you can cut out a bunch quickly. Simply use the #5 and #6 dies. Easy peasy!

Change it up

If you don’t have a Go cutter, simple cut your center square then cut four smaller squares that are half the size of your center square. There is a little waste with this method but the math is easy.

As far as changing it up, first you can fussy cut the center. I don’t do a lot of fussy cutting so I don’t have a picture. But if that’s your thing, have fun playing with this block.

I do like to place a quilt block the center of my block. Here I added a friendship star.

In my Twinkle quilt I added a sawtooth star. Adding a block is a good way to use up orphan blocks. Plus there’s an infinite number of possibilities. Sounds like a fun sampler quilt in the making. Though if you’re not using a pattern there will be math involved to figure out the four outside triangles. Totally do able. Just use the Pythagorean Theorem. And to think I thought Geometry was totally worthless in High School.


Now for my square in a square quilt block tutorial. Use it as a jump off place. Have fun! Make sure to share your creations with me. I’d love to see them. Email me. Share in my group Facebook page. Or tag me @emsscrapbag on Instagram.

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