I love a simple quilt block and the square in a square quilt block does not disappoint. This is a beginner friendly foundation paper pieced quilt block that offers a little bit for everyone. If you’re a beginner, this is a great pattern to try foundation paper piecing. There’s no tricky combinations or crazy angles. If you are experienced with this technique then have a blast with fussy cutting! This quilt block finishes at 7 inches and is super fun to sell. Let’s get started!
- Square in a Square PDF Pattern
- Fabric for the Center
- Fabric for the Corners
Tools and Supplies Needed
- Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
- Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
- Rotary Cutter with a sharp blade (I used this smaller cutter on this project)
- Rotary Cutting Mat (I used my Wafer One cutting mat)
- Light-Pad (I have the Daylight Wafer One Light-Pad)
- Iron (I used the Oliso Mini Iron for this project)
- Add-A-Quarter Acrylic Ruler (this is the BEST ruler for foundation paper piecing)
- Foundation Paper for the pattern (I use this paper – it sews and tears away easily)
- Sewline Glue Pen (this is handy for larger pieces and for your starting piece as well)
- (Optional) Seam Roller – I like to use this instead of using the iron sometimes.
Quilt Block Assembly
Foundation Paper Piecing is a very rewarding process. You can have perfect quilt blocks each time, if you do it correctly. The best way to learn is to watch my step-by-step video tutorials and also to practice for yourself! Having the right tools is very helpful as well! I love my Add-A-Quarter Ruler and also my Daylight Company Wafer One Lightboard with the accompanying cutting mat.
Do you like Fussy Cutting?
The best part of making a Square in a Square Quilt Block is that you can really feature a particular image in your block. This is called Fussy Cutting. The light board comes in super handy to you can center the image in the right position. I loved using this fabric line by Amarilys Henderson for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics called Christmas Peace. It’s no longer in production, so if you find some – get it!
I shared my quilt at a local guild meeting! What do you think?
Share what you’ve learned!
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