Rolling Squares Quilt Block - Free Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's sew together a Rolling Squares quilt block. This block is a variation of the Rolling Stones quilt block. It's fairly easy - if you can snowball a corner, you're good to go! Let's get sewing!

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Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Rolling Squares Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 1 - 4.5" square, and 24 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Peach: 4 - 4.5" blocks, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
  • Dark/Green: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

rolling squares fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Square in a Square Units:

Step 1:

Using 16 of the Light/Ivory 2.5" squares and the 4 Medium/Peach 4.5" squares, sew together four Square in a Square units as shown below. You can find the tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block at

rolling squares 1

Flying Geese Units:

Step 2:

Next make four Flying Geese units using the eight remaining Light/Ivory 2.5" squares and the Medium/Peach 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for sewing a Flying Geese block at

rolling squares 2

Step 3:

Match up a Step 2 Flying Geese unit with a Dark/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle as shown below.

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Step 4:

Now sew the two patches together and press the seam allowance toward the Medium/Green fabric as shown in the picture below. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for a total of four units.

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Lay out the Square in a Square units, the Step 4 units, and the Light/Ivory 4.5" square as shown below. From here the Rolling Squares block goes together like a typical Nine Patch block.

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Step 6:

Sew the patches into three rows as shown in the picture below.

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Step 7:

Press the seam allowances. Here you can see that I pressed the seam allowances toward the Step 4 units.

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Step 8:

Now you can sew the three rows together.

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Step 9:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block and you're done!

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The Rolling Squares quilt block went together easily and quickly. It was fun! I probably should have had the medium and dark fabrics reversed but I still like the way it turned out.

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