Welcome back to the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along! This week we are making square in a square blocks.
I timed myself as I went through the quilt making process, and the first piecing instructions took me 3.5 hours. I know we all work at different paces, but I thought that I would try to give you some kind of expectation of the work involved for each step of this process.
Square in a Square Blocks
Cut one Fabric B 5ʺ x 5ʺ square and one Fabric C 5ʺ x 5ʺ square in half from corner to corner.
Using a scant quarter inch, sew one Fabric B triangle to the side of one Fabric A 6 ⅛ʺ x 6 ⅛ʺ square and one Fabric C triangle to the opposite side of the Fabric A square. Press seams open.
Using a scant quarter inch, sew one Fabric B triangle to the Fabric A square and a Fabric C triangle to the remaining side of the Fabric A square. Press seams open and trim to 8 ½ʺ square.
Make a total of (8) Fabric A/B/C square in a square blocks.
Make (4) Fabric A/B square in a square blocks.
Make (21) Fabric A/C square in a square blocks.
Trim selvage edges from the (3) 8 ½ʺ x WOF strips that were set aside.
Cut (1) 8 ½ʺ x WOF strip in half.
Sew together the (1) 8 ½ʺ x WOF strip with one half of a 8 ½ʺ x WOF strip from Step 2. Press seam open. Trim to 8 ½ʺ x 56 ½ʺ.
Repeat to make (2) 8 ½ʺ x 56 ½ʺ rectangles.
Tips and Tricks
- Sewing the Square in a Square blocks with a scant quarter inch is really key to making these blocks.
- To place the Fabric B and Fabric C triangles for the Square in a Square blocks, I recommend folding the Fabric A 6 ⅛ʺ x 6 ⅛ʺ squares in half in both directions and pressing them to create a crease or fold line. When placing the triangle, make sure the point of the triangle falls on the pressed line.
- Come back tomorrow for a detailed tutorial on Square in a Square blocks! 🙂
Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Schedule
Friday, July 1st – Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Opens (Fabric Selection)
Friday, July 22nd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #1
Friday, July 29th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Fabric Preparation Post)
Friday, August 5th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #2
Friday August 12th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #1) <– You Are Here
Friday August 19th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #3
Friday August 26th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #2)
Friday September 2nd – Snowflake Simmer QAL Linkup #4
Friday September 9th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Finishing Details)
Friday September 23rd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #5 (Final Linkup for Finished Quilts)