Fair and Square Quilt Pattern

Fair and square quilt

Fair and square quilt

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

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

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

Place a triangle on each edge of the square

Place a triangle on each edge of the square

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 first two triangles

Sew the first two triangles

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.

Add the last 2 triangles

Add the last 2 triangles

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.

Add the purple border

Add the purple border

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.

Begin with diamond in a square

Begin with diamond in a square

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.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

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.

Make three columns

Make three columns

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.

Add the outer frame

Add the outer frame

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.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and3

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.

Row 2

Row 2

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.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

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.


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  1. A very complicated looking quilt Rose, but of course you make it look so easy. The photos look fine to me but good luck working out the new camera. I also need a new one.

    • Hi June. The photos I took with my new camera look brilliant – if only I could download them! I can’t seem to get the USB cable to fit into the camera. I haven’t had a chance to take the camera back and get them to check whether it’s me or the camera!

  2. elizacross2003 says:

    A beautiful quilt as usual, I am in the middle of quilting a queen size quilt for myself (The 1st for my bed lol) We had our 1st snowfall on Thursday (Oct 27th), and our clocks change her on Nov.1 when I will be celebrating my 75th Birthday,(Imagine a 1st quilt for my bed at 75 ). Hope you have lots of chances to spend with your grand daughter. I moved last year to be ‘closer to my 3 grand children with no regrets. My 3 children; 3 in law children and 3 grand children threw a Birthday party for me along with 17 friends and family yesterday, I am taking today off to write thank you’s.

    • Hi Eliza. Well done for finishing your quilt (nearly). A queen size quilt is quite an achievement. Happy Birthday for tomorrow – what a wonderful celebration your family organised for you. It must have been a lovely day.

  3. Helen Ohrman says:

    Haven’t been in touch for ages as I had a serious accident last year & am only just getting back to normal. Have started sewing again by making cushions, which has been fun & are snapped up by family. Each week I read your posts & am in awe of your creativity & diligence. Glad you have settled into Brum & congrats on becoming a grandmother!

    • Hi Helen. I’m so sorry to hear that you were involved in such a serious accident. You must be very relieved to be feeling okay now, but it’s obviously been a very long and painful recovery. So pleased that you’ve felt able to start sewing again. Cushions are a great way to ease yourself back into it, and as you say they are always very useful. Best wishes for a continuing recovery.

  4. Chris Storzbach says:

    Here in the States, we don’t turn back the clocks until next weekend, but it is still quite dark in the mornings. I love this pattern and since our quilt group makes quilts for Project Linus I’m thinking instead of the large brown square, I’ll use an animal or something a child might like. Many thanks for your patterns and have a lovely day. Congrats on becoming a granny, it’s the best job you will ever have!

    • Hi Chris. What a great idea for making this quilt as a Linus project. It’s such a worthy cause. It was certainly a wonderful feeling to hold my grand daughter.

  5. Like your quilt, Rose. It’s a very interesting pattern. And to think that you come up with a different one every week.

    Winter came early this year. We had snow here yesterday. Today it was very cold with howling winds. Last week we were walking around without coats. Go figure!

    My fingers are still wrapped and I’m still waiting to be admitted to the hospital. I was kept waiting only because of a glitch in a few tests that turned out to be of no great consequence. I will keep you posted.

    • Hi Claire. Yes, the weather does seem to be very changeable, doesn’t it. We’ve had similar extreme changes – but luckily we are nowhere near cold enough for snow yet. So sorry to hear that you are still being kept waiting to get your fingers sorted out. It must be very frustrating for you. You are really kind to keep posting comments even with your fingers in bandages. Good luck.

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt.
    It looks like it would go together fast. Thinking about starting a new one. Hmmm, only problem which one? Yes the weather is getting colder. I think we switch back next weekend not really sure. Stay warm and Happy Quilting. Oh and have a very nice weekend.

    • Thanks, Sandra. Yes, it did go together quite quickly – the blocks are quite big which obviously helps. I don’t mind the cold as long as there’s some sunshine as well – it’s the drab, grey days that arent’t much fun.

  7. Rose, I must try your diamond in a square block. I like the translucent
    effect the fabric creates in this quilt. Are you taking it easy this week-end?
    Thank you Rose. Are you ready for the trick or treaters?

    • Hi Mary. Another way to make that block would be with four half square triangles, but then you have a lot of seams. Yes, I hope to take it easy this weekend – just a few more quilts for Fabric Freedom to finish off first. I’ve bought some chocolate packs for the trick or treaters – if they don’t turn up I’ll just have to eat the chocolate myself!

  8. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Yes Rose Winter is on its way. This past week has been very pleasant for the children’s half term. Another lovely quilt.
    Off to the Quilt Show at Duxford Air Museum tomorrow and so lucky to have been to Alley Palley. One problem though it pulls hard on the purse strings.
    Hope you enjoyed your time with baby Holly Anna.
    Olive Procyshyn

    • Hi Olive. Hope you have a lovely time at Duxford – somewhere I have never been. The knitting and stitching show certainly could be very expensive if you weren’t strict with yourself.

      • Hi Rose congratulations on becoming a granny – ‘granny smith’ sounds great and I am sure it will stick – my eldest grandchild called me granny Nono – (I must have said ‘no’ a lot!?) Ha! Anyway he is now 34 years old and still calls me ‘Nono’ and so do the 9 other grandchildren! ? – also their friends?. Nice??. Enjoy your grandchild Rose – she is your ticket to the funfair ???. Lots of things to make now – you’ll love it??. Love your pattern – thank you. Take care ?

        • Hi Dianne. You’re certainly way ahead of me with all those grandchildren. Nono sounds like a nice comfortable name for them to call you. I’m looking forward to seeing my granddaughter again.