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Square-in-a-Square Quilt Block Pattern
Square in a Square Quilt Block Pattern

Make nine small square in a square quilt blocks for the Kansas Star quilt block.

© Janet Wickell

Kansas Star is made up of nine square-in-a-square patchwork units. We'll use the quick pieced Snowball technique to assemble the patchwork.

Read through the Snowball quilt block construction instructions before beginning if you aren't familiar with this method.

The top row of the illustration shows how one corner is added to a square.

  1. Gather the stack of fabrics cut for corner square-in-a-square units. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on each of the smaller squares.
  2. Top left illustration. Align a marked square in the upper right corner of a larger square, placing right sides together. Sew a seam directly on the marked line. Trim away the excess fabric 1/4" from the seam (top middle illustration).
  3. Flip the corner fabric right side up, top right illustration, and carefully press into place. Take care not to stretch the fabrics.
  4. Use the same technique to sew a square to the the opposite corner.
  5. Sew remaining two corners. Press the unit. It should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
  6. Make a total of four identical units.
  7. Repeat to make four square-in-a-square units for row midpoints.
  8. Repeat again to create the square-in-a-square unit needed for the block's center.

 

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