|Square in a Square Block|
While writing the PDF, I made a test block for each size using the measurements specified in the Cutting Instructions. It was definitely possible to make the blocks correctly, but it didn't leave much room for error. A slightly inaccurate seam allowance and I had troubles trimming the block neatly. This is why I recommend cutting the inner and outer border squares larger than what is listed. I would increase the size from anywhere between 1/4'' to one full inch larger depending on your experience and confidence. Yes, you will use a bit more fabric, but you'll be grateful when you have a beautifully squared, perfectly sized block rather than the skewed, distorted mess I ended up with (no, I'm not sharing a photo of that one haha).
The centre square, however, should not be made larger. It is the guide you will use when trimming your blocks and must be correct.
This block is surprisingly fast to piece but care must be taken if you want great results.
Cut your inner and outer border squares into triangles. You will now be working with a bias cut, the diagonal, that can easily be stretched. Handle these pieces carefully. A quick starch and press may make them a little easier to manage.
|Find the centre of the centre square|
|Find the centre of the triangle|
|Match the centre points|
|Add the bottom triangle|
|Attach remaining inner border triangles|
|Trim the inner border, ensuring there is a 1/4'' seam allowance above each point.|
Trim the outer border to size, ensuring there is a 1/4'' seam allowance above each of the inner border points.
|Finished Square in Square block|
I hope you enjoyed this Blockalogue pattern and tutorial. I'd love to hear what you think so please let me know by either leaving a comment below, or on the pattern on my Craftsy page (Square in a Square Block Pattern).