Square in Square - Page 2

Place a Color 2  6-1/2" square right sides together atop one corner of the Color 1 12-1/2" square, with outer edges aligned. ( I show them staggered here just so you can see that there are two layers) On the back of the top square, lightly draw the diagonal, then sew ON this diagonal line. Cut off the excess seam allowance, and press the remainder towards the outer triangle. Repeat this with another Color 2 square on the opposing corner...

Then repeat the same procedure with the other two squares on the remaining corners, pressing the seams towards the square. This completes the Square In Square!...or...follow...

Method Two:

The Tried and True Old Fashioned Way...( where you cut triangles to match ANY size center square)

To make this same unit in ANY size, there is a simple formula for finding what size to cut corner triangles...

Measure the center square. Divide that measurement by 1.414. Round that answer up to the nearest 1/8". Add .875. ( 7/8") See Example below:

Measure your center square. Let's say this equals 4 "...

 

Divide 4 by 1.414 to get the size the corner squares need to be. =2.829...now round that UP to the nearest 1/8" = 2.875 (or 2-7/8") Now add .875 ( 7/8") =3.75...so, you need two 3-3/4" squares, each cut once on the diagonal to get four half square triangles.

   

...which you then sew to opposing corners of your center square, using 1/4" seams. Press seam allowances towards the outer triangles. Then sew on the remaining two triangles, pressing seam allowances towards the center square....on to Page 3!
July12 2000 Marcia Hohn

Traditional Block

pattern from http://www.quilterscache.com

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