Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie - a Free Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Here's an easy quilt block that has a lot of color placement interpretations. Plus it makes a very interesting quilt! I have some layout examples at the end (including a scrappy one). Let's jump in!

mr roosevelts necktie

Fabric Requirements for an 8" Finished Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 1 - 4.5" square, and 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Print: 6 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Navy: 6 - 2.5" squares

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Square in a Square Unit:

Step 1:

Using the Light/White 4.5" square, two of the Medium/Hexie 2.5" squares, and two Dark/Navy 2.5" squares sew together a Square in a Square unit like the one shown below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block at

mr roosevelts necktie 1

Two Patch Units:

Step 2:

Match up one Medium/Hexie 2.5" square with one Dark/Navy 2.5" square and sew together. Press seam allowance toward the Dark/Navy fabric as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of 4 Two Patch units.

mr roosevelts necktie 2

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Putting It All Together:

Step 3:

Lay out the center Square in a Square unit, the Two Patch units, and the four Light/White 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.

mr roosevelts necktie 3

Step 4:

Sew the patches together into three rows as shown below.

mr roosevelts necktie 4

Step 5:

Press the seam allowances toward the Two Patch units as shown in the picture below.

mr roosevelts necktie 5

Step 6:

Sew the rows together to complete the block! Easy peasy!

mr roosevelts necktie 6

Step 7:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!

mr roosevelts necktie 7

Layout Examples:

Here's an example of the block laid out in a typical 4 x 4 manner.

quilt 1

Here's my favorite. I rotated every other block to get this design.

quilt 2

In this example, the Light/White 4.5" square was substituted with a purple fabric. I like this too.

quilt 3

Of course I had to see what it looked like as a scrappy quilt -  even better!

quilt 4


Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie was fun to sew together - and quick! I can see where a scrappy quilt would be fun to do - make a few blocks with leftovers from a quilt, set aside until you have more scraps. Then sew them all together when you have enough blocks.

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