How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

If you sew, chances are that fabric scraps abound in your sewing area. Don’t worry about storing scraps; sew them! Use my Change-Up Patchwork techniques to create quilt projects with contemporary designs. Watch the second episode of Change-up Patchwork online to see all the details!

Scrappy Square Quilt

This scrappy square design was made from leftover fabric. My staff and I auditioned what was stored away. Then, we turned coordinating fabrics into an ideal kids’ quilt. Learn how to stitch the square within a square design, using simple strip piecing techniques. Watch online to see how it’s done!

  • Assemble square within a square blocks with large centers. Cut 4-1/2″ crosswise strips for the centers and  1/1-2″ crosswise strips for the sides. The blocks are 6-1/2″.

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

  • Then, create again as many 6-1/2″ squares with small centers. All strips are cut 2-1/2″ wide for this easy block.

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

The layout is simple—alternate the blocks!

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

Scattered Squares

Now it’s time for artistic expression. The Scattered Squares Table Runner features four different block configurations that are mixed and matched to create a conversation piece. Watch online or read in the book how to design your own square within a square block with the use of “old school” graph paper.

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

Four different scattered-square blocks were used in this table runner:

  • Square within a square with a large center

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

  • Square within a square with a small center

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

  • Square within a square with a medium, offset center

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

  • Square within a square with a small, offset center

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy ZiemanDeciding on the arrangement took the most time!

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

Flip Flopped Rectangles Quilt

Designing quilt blocks is as much fun as sewing them—I call this design, Flip Flopped Rectangles. Replace a square with a rectangle to create a modern look. The skill set is the same, but the strip sizes have changed.

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

All the blocks featured in this blog and on the Sewing With Nancy TV episode are strip pieced. Square or rectangular blocks are all pieced using the same techniques. Half the blocks have a vertical contrast…

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

…the other half of the blocks have a horizontal contrast.

How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy Zieman

To keep with the modern look, I chose not to add a border. The quilt is finished with a traditional binding. Do you like it?How to make a square within a square quilt block, Nancy ZiemanBook Features Nine Great Quilts

Find these easy 4-patch quilts, and six additional quilts, in the new Change-Up Patchwork Book and DVD or in the Change-Up Patchwork Starter Set.

How to Sew Easy Four-Patch Quits by Nancy Zieman on the TV Show Sewing With Nancy TV Show

Watch Change-Up Patchwork Part Two and Part One on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy’s Notions is giving away one copy of the book, Change-Up Patchwork. Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway, telling us which of these designs you’d like to make.

How to Sew Easy Four-Patch Quits by Nancy Zieman on the TV Show Sewing With Nancy TV Show

Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of my new McCall’s M7600 Color-Blocked Top, from  The McCall Pattern Company is Rosie.

Her comment was, “I love these tops. The color blocking looks so striking. It’s given me lots of ideas. Thanks for the help.”

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