Squares and Diamonds Quilt

Here are instructions for making this 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block:

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Which resulted in this quilt top (finished size approx. 56″ x 44″):

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Each block requires the following pieces:

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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)

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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:

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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:

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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.

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Fold out your corner pieces and press.

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Take your 2 1/2″ squares and sew them to each corner in the same manner that you did the bigger squares.

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Trim the excess off each corner 1/4″ away from the sewn line to leave a seam allowance.

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Press the corner open.

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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 :).

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I hope you enjoy making this block and playing with different color combinations. It makes a really pretty design.