Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Easy Square in a Square Tutorial...

Hello again:)
You asked for it...you got it!
I'll show you how I make the 
"no triangle cutting square in a square"
I'll show you how while I make the above block. 


As you can see...
there is a"square in a square"
segment in each corner of the block
for a total of four.
The finished size of the block is 
6" x 6".
So just like I have
That means each square in a square segment finished size is 2" x 2".
So I add the normal 1/2" for seam allowances to come up with my cutting size for
the large square...
which is is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". 

Because there is a small triangle on each corner of the large square...
and the large square measures
2" x 2" finished...
I know that the small triangles will
finish at 1" across.
That means I cut them
1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square.

Place a small square in one corner of the large square (right sides together)
...making sure that you line it up perfectly as possible and stitch from corner to corner.





This is what all four of them look like at this point....but wait! 
There is no need to trim or press them
 just yet:)


You can add the small square that goes on the opposite corner first because they are small enough that the 2 small squares won't overlap each other...love it:)

Now you can go ahead and give them
a quick press...

And a quick double trim:)

Now you can go ahead and add the remaining small squares on the other corners in
the very same way.







Press towards the small triangles
(as usual)...
  And there you have it!
 a square in a square segment 
that was easy to cut...
and measures an accurate
 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
 and  was sew easy to make!
I placed mine on my
and took it back over to my machine...
 to stitch it together into a block:)



6" x 6" finished block
Fabric used:
Plaid = Lily & Will
Dot = Annie's Farm Stand
White = Sew Cherry
Brown = ?

I think I have one more
"Easy Square Tutorial" left in me...
that is if you are still interested
after all that I have posted already...
Sew sorry if I am giving you
way too much information:)
xx
Lori

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37 comments:

Marianne said...

I want to thank you very much for your tutorials on making triangular patches without cutting triangles and sewing them together which I make a pig's ear out of everytime. I am behind reading blogs which is why I am only commenting now. Today I am going to try out your method and maybe I can produce my very first block including HST and Flying Geese without throwing a tantrum along the way and producing yet another duster!
I only found your blog recently because a friend recommended it so I have yet to trawl back through your old posts but Thank You very much for sharing your knowledge. Your photographs are great and makes your tutorials very easy to follow even for a dummy like me.

DevonMaid said...

Yes please! I've found your FW posts so helpful ... I made a start this morning with a trial square and now I can't wait to do more :)

Sandy D said...

Please continue with your tutorials! Great tips - and I love your little design boards. Great idea!

Carla said...

Bring it on! Your instructions and pictures are wonderful!

StuckinGeorgia said...

Yes, please keep tutorials coming. I ran across your blog last night. I have been quilting about 10 years. Your recent tutorials are among some of the best/most clear that I have read lately. I use mini design boards like you, but need to add the fabric borders you shared.

Mommarock said...

Not TMI. REALLY, I am learning, what better thing can you pass on to another quilter...well there is fabric, but yeah, knowledge is key!!

The Retired Mama said...

The step by step pictures are WONDERFUL! I would love to learn an easy square. I am not doing the farmers wife quilt, way out of my sewing league, but maybe now I can with these tutorials as my guide. Thank-you for all the instruction you are giving me.

Renea said...

Love your tutorials. Keep them coming.

quiltdoggie said...

What?? Sorry??? ?No Way! Keep 'em coming. YOu've encouraged me to join the FWQAL and I can't do it without you! So keep on keepin' on gurlfriend!

Paty Z said...

Hello! I´m very interested in your tutorials and have learned a lot. Your photos are very clear. Thankyou
Paty Z

Sandy said...

This is just great!! And your instructions are clear and easy to follow...Thank you!
Today I'm going to make some of your design boards...bought the huge piece of foam board at Staples because it was only 20 cents more than the small..weird pricing. Will follow up with gratitude once I finish.
sandy in acworth, ga.

Melissa L said...

Thank you so much for the tutorials!! You are not giving too much information! I would love an "easy sq tutorial"

my happy bluebird said...

I need all the help I can get! I will take all the tutorials you can stuff into that little filing cabinet!

Candice said...

Oh, please, please, PLEASE!!!! I went and got my notebook and page protectors at Office Max yesterday even :) And had to order the grid pads online, but am thrilled to have them on the way too :) Yipee for amazing tutorials!!! Thank you!!

Candice said...

Ok, one more question- I've been itching for some Annie's Farm Stand-- did you get yours at a LQS?? I'd love to hear who has some- been calling and found only 1 shop with a very few prints :) Thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks again Lori! These are great tutorials.

Jayne said...

I've just been looking at your blog, as I was redirected here from a blog by Sherri at A Quilting Life. I have really enjoyed looking at all your tutorials. I'm a new fan!

Nedra said...

Lori, I am just loving these tutes. And they are perfect because of the clear step by steps. I'd love as many tutes as you are up to making. I almost feel like I'm sitting next to you, which is such a nice feeling!
Miss you:)

Maxine said...

Please, continue..Looking forward to more..Just love the tutes...who makes Annie's Farm Stand?

Kim with a K said...

Another great tutorial!
You are truly amazing sharing all your knowledge and taking so many useful photos!
I haven't started the FWSQ yet but I keep telling my husband that it's making itself while I read your blog!
I would also love to know where you purchase Annie's Farm Stand and also the blue fabric with strawberries...Caramel Town? They compliment your fabric so well.

Cathy H. said...

Please, please keep on going! You can never have too much great and inspiring information!! Thanks for you hard work in helping us!

Anna said...

Your tutorials have been very helpful. Thanks for doing them. I have been looking for help on quick easy ways to square up blocks. Do you have any suggestions? Maybe this could be a future tutorial

Sandra said...

Another voice here added their utter pleasure at reading these tutorials! Would love as many more as you are able to give. All help desperately needed here! Thank you so much for your time and effort in making these :)

S x

Cynthia said...

By way of the internet, you have been a "virtual" teacher in my own home, my personal trainer!!! I really wanted to do this quilt along, but when I read the comments on amazon about the book, I wasn't sure. I saw you blocks after that and "easy peasy" I am having so much fun!! Thanks Lori ♥

Jannie said...

I made my project boards on Saturday and they are filled and stacked waiting to sew! Can't wait! I have made several of your quilts and love your new line - of which I have purchased a lot!! Thank you for the tutorials - your pictures are clear and the description very helpful.

Lorraine said...

Love your tutorials. They are so easy to understand. Besides I read pictures better than words LOL

Barbara said...

Lori,
Thanks for sharing....you are a wonderful teacher. Perfect tutorials!!!
Hugs

Carla said...

Hi, I want to thank you for sharing your information. Very detailed(good thing!). I have wanted to start The Farmers Wife quilt and you gave me the courage to do it. I have 10 blocks done so far and am loving it!!!! Thanks so much!

Pat said...

Your directions are so fantastic. Now I think it is time for me to get some fabric and back track and make a bunch of these squares also. Thank you for all the precise directions.

diane said...

Your tutorials are so nice. Really detailed right down to the sparkly fingertips!

Tina said...

Please keep posting any tutorials you can think of! I find them extremely helpful and it makes quilting much more fun rather than getting frustrated! Many thanks for doing these tutorials and for the great pictures too (worth their weight in gold)!

Kerri said...

another F A B U L O U S tutorial, lori!! thanks for all your work in showing us new ways to make these blocks!!

**nicke... said...

there is something so incredibly satisfying about a row of chain stitched fabric. it is like a small little christmas present.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Thank you Lori, so much for the wonderful tutorials. I have never attempted flying geese because of the triangles- I have been a template king of quilter, but your tutorials have given me a lot of inspiration. please continue on with them they are very much appreciated.
Sandy in Australia. :)

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I love this block. Thanks for all the info you give and its never to much!
Stephanie

Jan said...

Thank you so much for all the barn and quilt blocks----they are wonderful and your tutes are so good. I'm having so much fun with these------you have made them easy and fun to do. You are the best!

UKMUMINUSA said...

Thank you so much for your tutorials.

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