Make Four Quarter Square Triangle Blocks at a Time
No Triangles Needed – Just Use Squares to Make Any Size Blocks!
Triangle blocks of any kind can be a bit tricky because you usually have to deal with bias edges that tend to stretch out of shape. They also form the backbone for many quilt patterns so at some point you’re likely to find yourself making a lot of them.
Fortunately, there’s a way to make four quarter square triangle blocks at a time without having to cut or stitch triangles. Plus, you can easily use this method for any block size – which means it can be used for just about any pattern that calls for quarter square triangles.
Ohio Star blocks made from quarter square triangles. Image from an article about triangle blocks by Sherri McConnell (currently not available).
Ohio Star block by Leslie, The Seasoned Homemaker. Get her block tutorial here.
The tutorial, from Sherri McConnell at A Quilting Life, walks you through all the steps. You start with squares of fabric in the right size. According to Sherri:
“To make 4 quarter square triangle blocks, start out with four squares of fabric that each measure 1” larger than the unfinished size of your desired block. So for a 4″ unfinished block (3 1/2″ finished) you’ll need squares 5″ x 5″.”
After that, it’s simple sewing and cutting.