Here are instructions for making this 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block:
Which resulted in this quilt top (finished size approx. 56″ x 44″):
Each block requires the following pieces:
One – 8 1/2″ center square
Two – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips and Two 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips for the borders around the square
Four – 4 1/2″ squares (draw a line diagonally, from corner to corner, across the BACK of each square)
Four – 2 1/2″ squares (draw a line diagonally, from corner to corner, across the BACK of each square)
Assemble the block as follows:
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, attach all the border strips around your center 8 1/2″ square. Press your block nice and flat.
Take a 4 1/2″ square and lay it right side down lined up with a corner of your block. The diagonal line should be positioned like this:
Stitch on top of the drawn line to attach the square to your block. Continue to sew the other 4 1/2″ squares to each corner, making sure your diagonal lines are lined up like so:
Lay your block on your cutting table and using a ruler trim off the excess material from each corner. Be sure to trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line to leave a seam allowance.
Fold out your corner pieces and press.
Take your 2 1/2″ squares and sew them to each corner in the same manner that you did the bigger squares.
Trim the excess off each corner 1/4″ away from the sewn line to leave a seam allowance.
Press the corner open.
You now have a completed block! When each block is sewn together you get the Squares and Diamond pattern. Add the number of borders you want in the sizes you desire and you’ve got a beautiful quilt! I added two borders. The inner, flowered pattern was 2 1/2″ wide and the outer border was 3″ wide. I would have made it wider, but I ran out of fabric :).
I hope you enjoy making this block and playing with different color combinations. It makes a really pretty design.