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Make Square-in-a-Square Quilt Blocks for the Patchwork Border
Sampler Quilt Blocks

Square-in-a-Square Quilt Blocks for the Medallion Sampler Quilt

© Janet Wickell
The sampler quilt's patchwork border is made up of 52 square-in-a-square quilt blocks, each finishing at 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". We'll use the quick pieced snowball block method to construct the blocks.

Cutting Chart

  • From the large scale brown print, cut (52) 4" x 4" squares (from five 4" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage, plus two more 4" squares from remaining yardage)

  • From the black tone-on-tone fabric, cut (100) 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares (from seven 2-1/4" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage)

  • From the gold tone-on-tone fabric, cut (108) 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares (from seven 2-1/4" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage)

Assemble the Square-in-a-Square Quilt Blocks

  • 4 blocks have three gold corners and one black corner, top left illustration
  • 48 blocks have two gold and two black corners, top right illustration

  1. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each smaller square. White or pink chalk or porcelain pens work nicely on dark colors.

  2. Read the instructions for quick pieced snowball quilt blocks. Follow the instructions to sew a small square to each corner of each 4" square (making blocks as shown in the illustration).

  3. Sew squares to opposite corners first. Trim excess 1/4" past the seam and carefully press seam allowances towards the corners.

  4. Sew small squares to the remaining corners of the larger squares.

  5. Each quilt block should measure 4" x 4".

For even faster assembly, use chain piecing techniques to assemble the quilt blocks.

Quick piecing greatly speeds up assembly. If you do not like the waste generated by trimming fabric after sewing small squares to corners, sew another seam 1/2" from the first (closer to the corner). Trim halfway between the seams. Each corner will produce a very small half-square triangle unit that can be used in another project. You could make a throw pillow cover or mini quilt to display in the same room where you medallion will be used.

Square-up the little half square triangle units before using them in a project.

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