When I first came across the market square quilt block, my first thought was that I couldn’t see why it should be called market square and my second thought was how easy it would be to construct the quilt block. I was only partly right: once I had the correct triangles it was easy to put the block together, but I had to have two attempts to get the triangles right.
two 2.1/2″ strips each of red and white fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the quilt block
Sew the strips of fabric together in the order white, red, white, red. Press and cut across this panel at 8.1/2″ intervals to make squares.
Without having given it much thought, I assumed that if I cut those squares in half along one diagonal I would be able to re arrange the triangles to make the market square quilt block. In fact that doesn’t work so I had to make more squares and cut them along the other diagonal. The triangles that I used are those on the far left and far right of the photo.
Once I had established which triangles to use, the quilt block was as easy to construct as I had first thought that it would be. Sew the triangles together in pairs to make squares, then sew the squares together in pairs and finally sew the two pairs of squares together.
Of course that left me with the problem of what to do with the triangles that could not be used in the market square block. I hate waste so I put them together to make a quilt block which also has a pinwheel type design in the middle and is quite attractive in its own right. Unfortunately it didn’t work well when I placed it beside the market square block, so I’ll have to keep them apart if I use them in a quilt.