The square up quilt block, also known as the Next Door Neighbour block, is one of those where it’s easy to see how it came by its name – the white triangles in the corners squaring up the block. I tried making the quilt with just the blocks sewn together in rows, but I felt that I was losing the block design a bit so I’ve used sashing to separate the blocks out enough that you can still see the individual blocks.
The quilt measures 48″ by 62″, using twelve 12″ square up quilt blocks. I have used 1/4 yard of yellow fabric, 1/2 yard of white, 1.1/2 yards of blue and 1.3/4 yards of red.
You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the square up quilt
3.1/2″ squares: forty eight red
3.7/8″ squares: twenty four each in red and white, twenty four each in red and blue, twelve each in yellow and white, twelve each in yellow and blue
For the sashing you will need twenty 3.1/2″ white squares, thirty one blue rectangles 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric: two at 44.1/2″ long and two at 62.1/2″ long
Making the square up quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units 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 and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. In the middle there are blue/yellow and blue/white half square triangles placed so that the blue is always on the outside. In each corner there’s a red/white half square triangle placed with the white on the outside. Along each edge there are a red square and a red/blue half square triangle. These are placed so that the red square and two red triangles form the same shape along each edge. The blue triangles form four larger blue triangles which form the spokes of the star.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You will need to make twelve of these.
Assembling the square up quilt
The blocks are sewn together in four rows of three. They are joined together with blue sashing strips. In each row you will have three blocks and two sashing strips, so that there is sashing only between the blocks, not at the ends of the rows.
In order to sew the rows together, make five strips by sewing together three blue sashing rectangles with two white squares. Sew these strips between each row of blocks and also sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.
You should now have sashing between the blocks and the rows but you won’t yet have any sashing going down the sides. For these you will need to make two strips using four blue sashing rectangles with five white squares – so each strip begins and ends with a white square. Sew one of these to each side of the square up quilt.
I’ve added a red 2.1/2″ border to frame the quilt. You’ll need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the square up quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last weekend was the Chinese New Year and Birmingham held a massive celebration on Sunday to mark this. I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the Chinese quarter seeing all the dancing dragons and smelling the street food. Apart from anything else it was a relief to walk away from the chaos in my house, but the work is nearly finished now and I have started putting things back in the cupboards – and what a difference that is making!
Here’s a short video of the dragon dancing: