I’ve made the Fair and Square quilt using two different blocks – a version of the fair and square block together with a simple diamond in a square block. The quilt measures 49″ square and I’ve used 3/4 yards of purple, 1/2 yard of white, 1 yard of lilac batik and 1.1/4 yards of brown batik fabrics. These blocks are all 15″ square finished size – and there are no half square triangles!
I’m really pleased at the way these two blocks work together – plenty to look at in the quilt.
As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Fair and Square quilt block
9″ squares: four brown
6.7/8″ squares: eight lilac
2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles: eight purple
2″ by 15.1/2″ rectangles: eight purple
Cutting requirements for the diamond in a square block
4.3/4″ squares: five lilac
3.7/8″ squares: ten brown
3.1/2″ squares twenty lilac
3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: twenty white
2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: twenty lilac
2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: twenty purple
2″ by 5″ rectangles: twenty purple
Making the diamond in a square block
Cut the 6.7/8″ lilac squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square. Place one triangle on each edge of the brown squares.
Sew the triangles to the top and bottom edges of the square and then press them open with the seam allowances towards the lilac. Notice that the edges of the lilac triangle stick out 1/4″ from the brown square by 1/4″ on each side – this is necessary to give a good straight edge to the block.
Now sew the remaining two triangles to the sides of the square and press them open. Trim the triangle tips where they stick out in the middle of each edge.
Finally add a purple frame to the diamond in a square. Sew the 12.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom and then sew the 15.1/2″ lengths to the sides.
That completes the diamond in a square block and you need to make four of these.
Making the fair and square quilt block
This block also starts with a diamond in a square. I have reversed the colours so that the lilac forms the central square with brown triangles around it. Use the 4.3/4″ lilac squares with the 3.7/8″ brown squares cut along one diagonal and make the blocks as above.
The next frame is made using 3.1/2″ widths of fabric.
Place a white rectangle on each edge of the central square with a lilac square in each corner.
Sew the white rectangles to the top and bottom of the square and sew the lilac squares and white rectangles together down each side so that you end up with three columns. Sew the three columns to each other.
The outer frame is made with 2″ purple and lilac strips.
On the top and bottom sew together a 6.1/2″ lilac strip with a 3″ purple strip on either side of it. Down the sides sew together a 6.1/2″ lilac stripe with a 5″ purple strip on either side of it. Attach the strips to the top and bottom of the block and you will once again have created three columns. Sew these columns to each other to complete the fair and square quilt block. You need to make five of these.
Assembling the fair and square quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. Rows one and three are made with a diamond in the square block in the middle of the row and a fair and square block at each end.
For row two the blocks are reversed, with a fair and square block in the middle and a diamond in a square block at each end.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the quilt border I used 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the fair and square quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
Here’s the video:
Two weeks ago my camera died so for last week’s pattern I used the camera on my phone. During this week I bought a lovely new camera that I’m thrilled with – except that I can’t seem to download the photos! The cable that should connect the camera to the computer doesn’t seem to work and I didn’t find out till last night. Luckily I had taken duplicate photos with a very old camera as well – just in case I had a problem with the new one, given my level of technological incompetence. I’m very glad that I did that.