I couldn’t resist the name of the Squire Smiths Choice quilt block – given that my surname is Smith! It’s classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the Squire Smiths Choice quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: eight red, eight wide
Making the Squire Smiths Choice quilt block
The entire block is made using half square triangle units. Place a red and a white square 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 produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out. Repeat with all the squares.
Lay the half square triangles out in four rows of four. In order to check that all the triangles are placed the correct way, it is helpful to look at the larger shapes: the pinwheel formed in the middle with four half square triangles and the red or white stripes formed on each edge of the block where two either red or white triangles are laid side by side.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Squire Smiths choice quilt block.
For a quilt image for this quilt block, I tried sixteen blocks put together in four rows of four. It’s a bit busy for my liking, but I feel that if I had used sashing to separate the blocks out a bit, I would have lost those stars that form where the blocks meet in the corners.
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