Strips and Squares Free Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's sew together the Strips and Squares quilt block that Nancy Page first published. I think the pattern has been around a lot longer though due to the number of names it goes by - Hand Weave, Handcraft, Handwoven, Interwoven, Over and Under, to name a few. I can see why it's popular - it's easy and produces a nice interwoven design when blocks are sewn together. Let's get started!

strips and squares quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 9" Finished Strips and Squares Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 1 - 3.5" square, 4 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles, and 4 - 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles
  • Medium/Green: 4 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles
  • Dark/Burgundy: 4 - 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles

strips and squares fabric requirements

Sewing Directions

Corner Units:

Step 1:

Match up a Medium/Green 2.5" square with a Light/Ivory 1.5" x 2.5" rectangle and sew together as shown in the picture below. You can also see that I've pressed the seam allowances toward the Light/Ivory fabric. 

strips and squares 1

Step 2:

Now sew a Light/Ivory 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle to the Step 1 patch you just made and press the seam allowance toward the Light Ivory fabric as you can see in the picture below. This Corner unit should measure 3.5" square. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of four Corner units.

strips and squares 2

Two Patch Unit:

Step 3:

Match up a Medium/Green 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle with a Dark/Burgundy 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle and sew together as shown. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Burgundy fabric. Repeat for a total of four Two Patch units.

strips and squares 3

Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out the Light/Ivory 3.5" square, the Corner units, and the Two Patch units as shown in the picture below.

strips and squares 4

Step 5:

From here, the Strips and Squares quilt block goes together like a typical Nine Patch block. Sew the units into three rows as shown below.

strips and squares 5

Step 6:

And press the seam allowances away from the Two Patch units as shown below.

strips and squares 6

Step 7:

Now you sew the three rows together to complete the block!

strips and squares 7

Step 8:

And press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown in the  picture below.

strips and squares 8

Conclusion:

This Strips and Squares quilt block was so easy and quick to sew together! Totally enjoyed piecing an easy block today. There will also be an interesting woven kind of design that will emerge when sewing multiple blocks together. Definitely going to have to put this on the list of quilts to make!

Whether you're an experienced or beginner quilting looking for an easy project, the Strips and Squares satisfies!

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

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P.P.S. To figure out how much fabric you need to make a quilt using this block (or any other block for that matter) see the tutorial https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need


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6 comments

  • Hi Karen,
    I don’t have a PDF made of this pattern but feel free to copy and paste the tutorial for your use.

    Elaine Huff on
  • Hello, these patterns look amazing. How do you get a PDF printable pattern?
    Thank you,
    Karen

    Karen on
  • I would love to see a layout to see if a pattern appears.

    Julia Ukena on
  • Hi Laurilli,
    At this time I don’t have a layout of this block. Might have to do that for this block.

    Elaine Huff on
  • I’m new to quilting so these tutorials really help me to make sense of how blocks go together thanks fabric 406

    Tracy on

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