Block 9 - Square in a Square

We are in Week 9 of The Spicerack Sampler! And this week our block is called Square in a Square!

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This one's more complex than the typical square in a square, or economy block, so I'm calling it Square in a Square Ad Infinitum! It appears to go on and on and on! I needed it to have some complexity in design since I'm just sticking with two solid colors.

If you made last week's block, Snail's Trail, you can handle this one for sure! It's actually the same design! Both are squares in squares, but the Snail's Trail's coloring brings out the swirl, while this one's coloring accentuates the squares.

Click the image below to see me assemble this block on YouTube.

YouTube tutorial for the Square in a Square quilt block.


And here are some mock-ups I made in EQ8 to show you what you can do with this block.

This first one, I just repeated the block throughout, all facing the same direction, with the coloring I used on my real block. It's decent!

Quilt Mock-Up for the Square in Square in Blue 

Next I made four different blocks by rotating the same four colors throughout the design. And then repeated them throughout the pattern so it created these diagonal lines of color. I like this one! Super cheery!

Quilt Mock-Up for the Square in a Square in Multi-Color


And finally, for this one, I went with a monochromatic color scheme.  And then created two blocks based on those colors.  One block goes from light to dark, moving outward, and the other block does the opposite.  Then I used those blocks in a checkerboard pattern.  I might say this one is my favorite! What do you think?

Quilt Mock-Up for the Square in a Square in Brown/Peach


Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

As I mentioned above and throughout this series, I whipped up these mock-ups in EQ8.  Do you use EQ8? I am not an affiliate, but I love sharing about how awesome this program is! (I am an Amazon Affiliate--disclosure below.)

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If you're just now joining me in this series, here is a picture of the complete set.  These 12 blocks I'm calling The Spicerack Sampler! They're all classic quilt blocks, but I'm attempting to put a modern spin on each one.  I hope you join me in making these! They range from easy to more challenging, but they're meant to be a skill builder.  I'll walk you through each step and help you add a number of skills to your repertoire!  And these are all traditionally pieced.  No Y-seams, paper templates or foundation paper piecing.

The Spicerack Sampler quilt mock-up.

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