How to Make a Square in a Square Quilt Block


How to Make a Square in a Square Quilt Block

Square in a Square Block Pattern
Square in a Square Block Pattern

The square in a square block pattern is one of the essential quilt blocks that all beginner quilters should learn. It's a great one for folks who are new to handling seam allowance and trimming fabric. It's also great for incorporating fussy cut pieces into your quilts.

This quilt also comes with a very helpful printable PDF for your convenience, so you can follow along while you watch the tutorial. You can have this quilt block finished in under 30 minutes. Now you have your second pattern in the Block of the Month quilting series; we know that your quilt is going to turn out gorgeous! 

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueQuilting


Materials List

  • One 6.5-inch square of fabric
  • One 3.5-inch strip of fabric


  1. Start by placing your square on top of your strip of fabric and sewing a quarter-inch seam allowance.

  2. Press your seams and trim the excess fabric from the strip.

  3. Sew your strip of fabric to the opposite side of your square with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

  4. Press your seams and trim any excess fabric from your edge strips.

  5. Repeat this process, adding your two remaining strips to the top and bottom of your rectangle.

  6. Trim any excess fabric, press your seams, and you've finished your block!

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Using long 3" strips and then trimming seems very wasteful .. why not just cut the 3" border strips to size before sewing

This pattern is actually not square in a square, but a framed square. The square in square has that inner square set diagonally, surrounded by triangles. Re-naming blocks for laziness sake can be very confusing when someone is trying to describe a quilted project and the listener has a completely different block in mind for the traditional name you are using. It is true that some blocks have had many names over the years due to being called those names because of circumstances, battles or to commemorate someone or something. A descriptive name, when changed, no longer describes the design. Sorry I can't call this uninspired work by the name of an impressive block from years gone by. I never could.

Great block pattern. This one might be good for the four corners of a quilt!

LeaTha == Thanks for another fun block Carolina!!

Another good block! Thanks for posting! a comment...

I love the block of the month series, and especially that each block has its own video! Can't wait to try this out and see what next month's block will be...


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