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Mini Square in a square quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Square in a square is a classic block. It looks pretty cute in this size.

The block finished size is 3″ x 3″.

The video demonstrates how to make the block with foundation piecing. In such small sizes I find it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing. but traditional templates are also available on my Etsy shop.

I used regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick.

You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Let’s get to it!

How to make a 3″ Square in a square block

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Download the block templates

Blocks can be made with traditional piecing or with foundation piecing.

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Mini quilt block Square in a square

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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

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3 comments

  1. Hi, I just bought a set of the traditional blocks for the mini nine patch quilt, but I think I would like to try the foundation way…is there a way to get the other blocks. I have downloaded this months but want to catch up. Thanks for any help. Mary Spino mlspino@yahoo.com

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