Fair and Square Quilt Block

Fair and square quilt block

Fair and square quilt block

The fair and square quilt block is a four patch block attributed to the Kansas City Star.  It’s an easy traditional block and would be great as a scrappy block.  I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the fair and square quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four pink, eight white

3.7/8″ squares:  two pink, two green

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the fair and square quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a pink and a green 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 produces two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the green fabric and trim the corners of the squares.

Fair and square quilt block layout

Fair and square quilt block layout

Sew the squares across each row

Sew the squares across each row

Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares.  The pink squares are placed in the corners, with two white squares along the edges between the pink squares.  The half square triangles are all placed in the middle with the pink creating a diamond in the middle of the fair and square quilt block.

Sew the squares together across each row.  In fact, you can see more easily now that there are only two different rows – rows one and four are the same as each other and rows two and three are the same as each other.

You could make the fair and square quilt block as a scrappy block, using many different colours and the corners would make pretty four patch units when the blocks were sewn together in a quilt.  The important part is to use the dark colour around the central diamond and the medium colour for the diamond and the corners.

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  1. Gladys Hontz says:

    Hi Rose!

    I just love your emails, I so look forward to them. The Fair and Square block you just sent is great. I am thinking about using the center for a “fussy” cut, do you think that would work. Thank you for all your help you send our way.

    • Hi Gladys. The block would look great with a fussy cut centre. You would probably get the best effect using a square with triangles on its edges rather than four half square triangles.

  2. Dear Rose,
    I am one of your faithful followers and just found all your You Tubes in one place-Google +. I was thrilled. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

    • Thanks, Lynne. I’m glad you like the videos – I’m so glad that Google Plus is proving useful. I don’t think that I use it as much as I should.