Square Up Quilt Block Pattern

Square up quilt block

Square up quilt block

The square up quilt block is a simple four patch block.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the square up quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  two each in red and white, two each in red and yellow, one each in yellow and gold, one each in yellow and white

3.1/2″ squares four red




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Place two squares 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 which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Square up quilt block layout

Square up quilt block layout

Make the square up quilt block

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the middle place the yellow/white and yellow/gold half square triangles. Make sure that the yellow triangle is always on the outside.  Place a red/white half square triangle in each corner with the white on the outside, forming the corner of the block.

On each edge of the block, between the corner squares, place a red/yellow half square triangle and a red square.  Notice how each pair of yellow triangles combine to form a larger yellow triangle.  These are the spokes of the star.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the square up quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt ideas

Although I think that this block is a great design, it loses itself if used on its own in a quilt.  I’ve shown it here with sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

With sashing added

With sashing added

The simple addition of sashing makes a much better quilt, I feel.  Now the design of the block can be seen more easily.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Here’s the video:

 

Square Up Quilt Pattern

Square up quilt

Square up quilt

The square up quilt block, also known as the Next Door Neighbour block, is one of those where it’s easy to see how it came by its name – the white triangles in the corners squaring up the block.  I tried making the quilt with just the blocks sewn together in rows, but I felt that I was losing the block design a bit so I’ve used sashing to separate the blocks out enough that you can still see the individual blocks.

The quilt measures 48″ by 62″, using twelve 12″ square up quilt blocks.  I have used 1/4 yard of yellow fabric, 1/2 yard of white, 1.1/2 yards of blue and 1.3/4 yards of red.

You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Square up quilt block

Square up quilt block

Cutting requirements for the square up quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight red

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in red and white, twenty four each in red and blue, twelve each in yellow and white, twelve each in yellow and blue

For the sashing you will need twenty 3.1/2″ white squares, thirty one blue rectangles 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″

For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric:  two at 44.1/2″ long and two at 62.1/2″ long

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the square up quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Square up quilt block layout

Square up quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  In the middle there are blue/yellow and blue/white half square triangles placed so that the blue is always on the outside.  In each corner there’s a red/white half square triangle placed with the white on the outside.  Along each edge there are a red square and a red/blue half square triangle.  These are placed so that the red square and two red triangles form the same shape along each edge.  The blue triangles form four larger blue triangles which form the spokes of the star.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You will need to make twelve of these.

Sew sashing between the blocks

Sew sashing between the blocks

Assembling the square up quilt

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of three.  They are joined together with blue sashing strips.  In each row you will have three blocks and two sashing strips, so that there is sashing only between the blocks, not at the ends of the rows.

Sew sashing between the rows

Sew sashing between the rows

In order to sew the rows together, make five strips by sewing together three blue sashing rectangles with two white squares.  Sew these strips between each row of blocks and also sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.

Add sashing down the sides

Add sashing down the sides

You should now have sashing between the blocks and the rows but you won’t yet have any sashing going down the sides.  For these you will need to make two strips using four blue sashing rectangles with five white squares – so each strip begins and ends with a white square.  Sew one of these to each side of the square up quilt.

Add the border

Add the border

I’ve added a red 2.1/2″ border to frame the quilt.  You’ll need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the square up quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Chinese new year 2016

Chinese new year 2016

Last weekend was the Chinese New Year and Birmingham held a massive celebration on Sunday to mark this.  I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the Chinese quarter seeing all the dancing dragons and smelling the street food.  Apart from anything else it was a relief to walk away from the chaos in my house, but the work is nearly finished now and I have started putting things back in the cupboards – and what a difference that is making!

Here’s a short video of the dragon dancing:

 

Craftsy

%d bloggers like this: