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Quarter Square Triangle Quilt Block

clipart picture of quarter square triangles

The quarter square quilt block is another basic quilt block that is used over and over by every quilter. Unlike the half square triangle quilt block, the bias edges on the quarter square triangle are on the short sides.

This block is made in pairs and the first step is just like the first step for the half square triangle block.

Start with 2 squares of fabric, a dark and a light.  Cut them 1 1/4 inch larger than the measurement you want for the finished size of the block. You can make them a little larger if you want to trim the block when you are done.

Pin the squares right sides together and draw a diagonal line on one of them from one corner to the other.  Sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of the drawn line and then cut the block on the drawn diagonal line. You now have 2 half square triangle blocks. Open up the two blocks and press them.

To make the quarter square triangle block you  you take your two half square triangle blocks,  and place them right sides together, with the dark fabric on one side against the light fabric on the other side.  Again draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on one of the blocks. Sew a 1/4 inch seam down both sides of this line, and then cut on the drawn diagonal line.

You now have two quarter square triangle blocks. Trim and press and you are done.

The picture at the top of the page shows 4 quarter square triangle blocks put together.  This block is also called the Hourglass Quilt Block.


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