Week 5 of the 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along starts on 3/16. The assignment is: Assemble Square-in-a-Square blocks. Below you'll find some helpful tips for foundation piecing, and some answers to questions we've been getting. See more about the Quilt-Along here.

How do I prep my foundation papers before I get sewing?

You can trace the pattern onto lightweight tracing paper, transferring all the lines and numbers. You can also download and print the patterns here. If you're printing the patterns, make sure you're printing at 100% and then measuring the 1" box on the paper to make sure it's the correct size.

I've never foundation-pieced before. How do I get started?

We have step-by-step instructions and tips here. We encourage you to practice before diving in to the process. If you've foundation-pieced before, but just need a little reminder, we have 10 tips here that will make the process easier!

I don't want to make the block by foundation-piecing. Can I just piece them the traditional way?

Yes, you can! Just remember that if you choose to do it the traditional way, you'll use more fabric than the instructions called for, so plan accordingly.

For each block, you'll need:

  • 1--3.5" square red print
  • 4--2" squares blue prints

Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each 2" square.

Align a marked square with one corner of red print 3.5" square (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. Add a second marked square to opposite corner; trim and press as before. In the same manner, add remaining marked squares to remaining corners to make a square-in-a-square unit. The unit should be 3.5" square including seam allowances.

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