The fringed square quilt block is another of those blocks which have many names: the fringed square name comes from Nancy Cabot, while it also goes by the names of Mother’s Choice, Dove at the Windows and Laurel Wreath. It is classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ square.
Cutting requirements for the fringed square quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four white, four dark blue
3.7/8″ squares: six each in dark blue and white, six each in turquoise and white, two each in dark blue and turquoise
Making the fringed square quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares. On the right you can see the outer frame of the block because I often find it easier to lay out one frame at a time. There’s a white square in each corner and then two pairs of half square triangles along each edge – each pair made of both dark blue and turquoise triangles, with the white triangles placed together to form a larger white triangle pointing inwards.
In the middle are the four dark blue squares, and that just leaves one frame of squares to place. The dark blue/turquoise half square triangles are placed on the corners of the central square. Along the edges of the central square there is a pair of half square triangles (again one of each colouring) and these are placed so that the larger white triangles are pointing outwards.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the fringed square quilt block. This block has similarities with the carpenters wheel quilt block, but this is a much more simple block to make.