beginner quilt block free quilt pattern patchwork block quick quilt quilting square in a square

Quick and easy square in a square video tutorial

How to make a square in a square quilt block

This is the easiest way to make a square in a square quilt block. It may appear that you’re wasting a lot of fabric but I always keep the scraps to use later in a crumb quilt. Or I turn the excess 2 corner triangles into a half square triangle.

Let’s learn how to make this block in 2 minutes:

Block size

5 1/2 inch square.

Cutting instructions

  • 1 square, 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • 4 squares, 3″ x 3″.
Video tutorial: quick and easy square in a square quilt block
Video tutorial: quick and easy square in a square quilt block
Video tutorial: quick and easy square in a square quilt block

Square in a square quilt ideas

Video tutorial: quick and easy square in a square quilt block
Video tutorial: square in a square

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

This post has affiliate links.


  1. One of the things my mom does when making blocks like this is she’ll go an extra half inch away from the original stitching line and sew again. Then she cuts in between those lines and will have leftover half square triangles instead of a bunch of triangles laying around.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love this, and how easy you make it look to make!
    One thing. I’m trying to use some fabric that needs to have a 6 1/2″ square as the focus. Do you know what size squares I would use for that? Or, how do I figure it out?


  3. Test this out first. Divide the large square by 2 and add 1/2″ to it for the seam allowance. So that would be 3 1/4″ + 1/2″ = 3 3/4″.


  4. Thank you for the simple tutorial. I’m just starting out really and this looks like a nice one to experiment with. I can’t wait to try this out! Thank you again.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Love your videos and book! What is the finished size of this block? How do you do the math to figure a finished block size. Does the original size of the center block always end up being the finished size as well? Thank you


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: