The walkaround quilt block is actually made using diamonds, but I have made a variation using squares instead. The quilt block is sewn together in rows across the diagonal which give a diamond effect. This is another Ladies Art Company quilt block and I have made it 16.1/4″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the walkaround quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: eighteen patterned and eighteen black
4.1/2″ squares: four white
4.7/8″ squares: five white
Making the walkaround quilt block
Make four patch units with the 2.1/2″ squares by sewing each patterned square to a black square. Sew two pairs of these squares together with the black squares diagonally opposite each other. The photo shows white, I know, but the method is the same.
Cut one of the 4.7/8″ white squares along both diagonals to make four triangles for the corners of the walkaround quilt block. Cut the remaining four 4.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square. These will be used along the edges of the block.
The squares are laid out in diagonal rows beginning with the top left hand corner which is one of the small triangles. The second row is made with one four patch unit and a white triangle on each side of it. The third row uses one white square, two four patch units and a triangle at each end. The fourth row runs from top right corner to bottom left corner and it is made using three four patch units, two white squares and a small corner triangle at each end.
The fifth row is the same as the third row: two four patch units, one white square and a triangle at each end. The sixth and seventh rows are the same as the first and second rows. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. The squares of each row do not begin and end at the same place as the rows above and below – not difficult, but just be aware of it.
When you are laying out the squares, note that the four patch units are placed so that the black squares all follow one diagonal line while the patterned squares all follow the opposite diagonal line.
That completes the walkaround quilt block – well, my simplified version of it.