How to Make Quilt Squares

    by Karen Ellis

    About the Author

    Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.


    Some quilt squares can be intricate and complicated to make. However, there are plenty of block patterns that are less difficult and are designed for beginners. The nine-patch quilt square is a good one to start with and is best pieced with a sewing machine. For your first nine-patch quilt square you will need two different fabrics, one dark color and one light color. With the right choice of fabrics, the finished quilt is suitable for a baby quilt, bed covering or lap quilt.

    Things You'll Need

    • Dark fabric
    • Light fabric
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Thread
    • Sewing machine
    • White pencil
    • Iron

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    Wash, dry and iron all fabric. Cut out a 4 1/2-inch square from poster board for a template, using a ruler, pencil and scissors.

    Trace around the template five times on the wrong side of each fabric, with a regular pencil on the light fabric and a white pencil on the dark fabric.Cut out the squares with scissors.

    Lay out the quilt square pattern on your work area. First, place four dark-colored squares, one in each corner and one in the center. Place the light-colored squares in the center top and bottom, as well as the middle left and right. The finished pattern will look somewhat like a checkerboard.

    Sew the individual squares together in order, in rows, using a 1/4-inch seam and a straight stitch with a sewing machine. Press all unopened seams of your rows to the right side with an iron. Seams are not opened, to maintain maximum seam strength.

    Sew the pieced square rows together with 1/4-inch seams in the order of placement. Press all three seams downward, with the iron. Create additional nine-patch squares and sew them together with 1/4-inch seams to make the completed quilt top.

    • Use a rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat to cut individual squares of fabric, as an alternative to using a template.
    • Before sewing completed quilt squares together, measure and cut them to the exact same size to avoid problems with piecing.