The other day, we talked about how to accurately sew triangles to squares to make square in a square (aka diamond in a square) blocks. Today, we are going to make a quilt using square in a square blocks, to get a little practice.
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Introducing Grammy’s Rose Garden!
The soft colors and florals in this reminded me of walking in my grandmother’s rose garden. This is a quick project! Change the colors for a baby quilt, Christmas quilt, use school colors for a graduation quilt. It’s so easy! Here we go!
Approximate finished size- 45 x 53” (If you’d like a larger quilt, it’s easy to just make extra blocks and/or add more borders.)
For a tutorial on making “square in a square” blocks, please click here.
WOF= width of fabric When instructed to cut wof strips, cut the strips then trim off selvedges.
All seams 1/4”. Sew fabrics RIGHT sides together.
- White Floral- 1 3/8 yards
- White Solid- 1/4 yard
- Pink Floral- 5/8 yard
- Assorted pinks for blocks- scraps or fat quarters, OR you can use 20 charm squares
- Assorted greens for blocks- scraps or fat quarters, OR you can use 20 charm squares
- Backing fabric- 3 yards
- Batting- 51 x 59”
- Cut (4) 6 3/8” wide wof strips. Cut these strips into (20) 6 3/8” squares for blocks.
- Cut (5) 4” wide wof strips (borders)
- Cut (4) 1 1/2” wide wof strips (borders)
- Cut (5) 1 1/2” wide wof strips (borders)
- Cut (5) 2 1/2” wide wof strips (binding)
Assorted Pinks (if not using charm squares)
- Cut (20) 5” squares
Assorted Greens (if not using charm squares)
- Cut (20) 5” squares
Making the blocks:
Cut the assorted pink and green squares in half diagonally to yield a total of 80 triangles.
Referring to tutorial, sew a pink triangle to either side of each floral square, being sure that triangles are accurately centered. Press seams toward triangles.
Sew a green triangle to remaining sides of floral squares. Press seams toward triangles. Blocks should measure 8 3/4” (8 1/4” finished size.)
Sew blocks into 5 rows of 4 blocks each. The pink triangles should be facing the same way for each block.
Sew the rows together to make quilt top.
Adding the borders:
Borders are calculated mathematically. Please measure across the center of your quilt before cutting borders and adjust border length accordingly.
Press seams toward borders.
Border #1- White
- Cut 2 of the wof strips to 41 3/4” and sew to sides of quilt.
- Cut remaining 2 wof strips to 35 1/2” and sew to top and bottom of quilt.
Border #2- Pink Floral
- Sew 3 of the 1 1/2” wide wof strips together into one long strip. From this long strip, cut 2 strips which are 43 3/4” and sew to sides of quilt.
- Cut remaining (2) 1 1/2” wide strips to 37 1/2” long and sew to top and bottom of quilt.
Border #3- White Floral
- Sew the (5) wof strips together into one long strip.
- From this strip, cut 2 strips which are 45 3/4” long and sew to sides of quilt.
- From remaining long pieced strip, cut strips which are 44 1/2” long and sew to top and bottom of quilt.
Quilt as desired. Bind with Pink Floral fabric.
See- wasn’t that super-duper-easy? For a printable PDF of this pattern, please click here.
What are some of your ideas for this quilt- a quick baby quilt, guy’s “man-cave” quilt…. What kinds of fabrics would you use? Tell me in the comments! (Here’s an idea to get you started- I swapped out my pretty pinks and greens for dark colors for a great “man cave” quilt- look how different this same exact quilt pattern looks:)