The interlocked squares quilt block looks very similar to the one used for the rail fence quilt, but the four quarters are put together in a different way.
I had half hoped that the red stripes would combine together to form individual squares when the blocks were sewn together, but I should have realised that this wouldn’t happen because the blocks are symmetrical so it makes no difference when you rotate them. The quilt design is still very attractive, though – shown at the bottom of the page.
I’ve made the block here as a 12″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the interlocked squares quilt block
6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: four black, four orange and four red
Making the interlocked squares quilt block
If I was making a complete quilt, I would have sewn together 2.1/2″ strips of the three colours and then cut them off to make 6.1/2″ squares. As I was only making one block here, I just used individual rectangles in the three colours.
In each quarter the strips are placed in the same order – red, orange, black – but the red is always placed so that the central square will be red only. That means that working round the block in a clockwise direction the red will be on the right, then the bottom, then the left and finally the top.
Sew the three strips together within each quarter. Sew the quarters together in pairs and finally sew the two pairs together to complete the interlocked squares quilt block.
Interlocked squares quilt idea
I have used sixteen blocks here, sewn together in four rows of four. The strips now have a wonderfully woven look to them – or the strips look like a series of buttonholes.
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