The fair and square quilt block is a four patch block attributed to the Kansas City Star. It’s an easy traditional block and would be great as a scrappy block. I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the fair and square quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four pink, eight white
3.7/8″ squares: two pink, two green
Making the fair and square quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a pink and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the green fabric and trim the corners of the squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares. The pink squares are placed in the corners, with two white squares along the edges between the pink squares. The half square triangles are all placed in the middle with the pink creating a diamond in the middle of the fair and square quilt block.
Sew the squares together across each row. In fact, you can see more easily now that there are only two different rows – rows one and four are the same as each other and rows two and three are the same as each other.
You could make the fair and square quilt block as a scrappy block, using many different colours and the corners would make pretty four patch units when the blocks were sewn together in a quilt. The important part is to use the dark colour around the central diamond and the medium colour for the diamond and the corners.
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