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The Diagonal Squares Quilting Block

the diagonal squares quilt block

This is a very simple and frugal quilt block.  As you can see from the pictures, it is made with nothing but squares.

Although this block is easy to make, the use of value makes it a dynamic block.  This block has a lot of personality, and can easily be used to make a whole quilt.

the grids of the diagonal squares quilt blockThis block is a 4-patch, subdivided into 16 sections.  The picture to the left shows the grids.  The placement of the blocks is what gives this quilt the diagonal lines.

The large squares are placed diagonally and are dark in value.  The 4-patch blocks also have the dark squares running diagonally, but in the opposite direction.

This block was made using simple measurements.  Each of the subdivided grids finishes at 2 inches, and the block finishes at 8 inches.

You can see the the larger block takes up 2 of the subdivided grids. You cut these squares 4 1/2 inches raw.  The small squares (or strips if you are strip piecing) are cut 2 1/2 inches raw.

Follow the steps to make the 4-patch units, and then arrange the squares per the picture.  Sew and press using good piecing  techniques.

This block was made with a structured color scheme, but you can also make it scrappy.  The color does not matter.  What is important is the value

This is an easy block with a lot of impact.  It is perfect for a first project.

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

the diagonal square quilt block

 
 
 

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