Let's take a look at this classic quilt block called Four Squares. It is fairly easy with just squares, rectangles and flying geese components and creates a secondary star design when multiple blocks are sewn together. I always like blocks that make secondary designs!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Four Squares Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 12 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Green: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Medium/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 12 - 2.5" squares
- To make four blocks, you will need approximately 1/2 yard each of the white and blue, and 1/4 yard of the green
Sew a Light/White 2.5" square and a Medium/Blue 2.5" square together and press the seam allowance away from the Light/White square as shown in the picture below.
Using the picture below as a reference, sew a Medium/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle to the Step 1 unit. Press the seam allowance toward the Medium/Blue rectangle.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of four Corner units. Easy peasy!
Flying Geese Units:
Using a Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle and two Medium/Blue 2.5" squares, make a Flying Geese patch. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial for making a basic Flying Geese block using my no-trim method, check out the blog post at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block. In the picture below you can see the first four steps.
And here is a picture showing the last steps to complete the Flying Geese patch.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for a total of four White/Blue Flying Geese patches as shown in the picture below.
Repeat Steps 4 through 6 using the Medium/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and Light/White 2.5" squares.
Here you can see all eight of the Flying Geese patches.
Match up a White/Blue Flying Geese patch with a White/Green Flying Geese patch as shown in the picture below. Stitch the patches together and press the seam allowance toward the White/Green Flying Geese patch.
Repeat Step 9 for a total four Flying Geese units like the ones shown below.
Putting It All Together:
Layout the Corner units, the Flying Geese units, and the Light/White 4.5" square as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a basic Nine Patch block.
Sew the units together into three rows as shown below.
Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.
Complete the Four Square block by sewing the three rows together.
Press the seam allowance toward the center of the block. All done!
Here's the basic 4 x 4 layout with just a light and a dark fabric (the traditional block only used two fabrics).
And here it is with three colors similar to the sample block I made. I think this makes the star more prominent.
And here is the same layout but with a narrow 1" sashing and cornerstones added.
Here's a typical on-point layout. I love how things change when put on point!
For this on-point layout, the setting triangles are the light-colored fabric and a narrow sashing and cornerstones were added.
I added in more colors with this example. Kind of creates a three-dimensional look. I think this is my favorite!
It took me awhile to figure out where the "four squares" comes from but then I saw that the design is basically a square in a square in a square in a square. The block below shows that off well. The center light blue square, the medium blue diamond, the light purple square, and then the entire block is the fourth square.
I can see myself making a quilt with this block. I would probably use the five-color version of the block because I like the three-dimensional look it gives. (And I could use some of those light colored prints in my stash!)
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