# Quilt Block: Fools Square Quilt Block

I really like how this square comes together. I did start out doing the center checkerboard in the usual way by cutting the strips of fabric across the width of the fabric. But decided that as I was only making the two squares it was just as easy to cut the fabric into the squares required.

### Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the written instructions

I have just used 2 contrasting fabrics because I think it shows the pattern off nicely. But as always you can use as many colors as you wish.

#### Note: All seams are sewn with a ¼” seam allowance.

#### These instructions make a 10″ finished block.

## What You Need:

### Fabric 1 (white):

- 8 squares @ 2½” x 2½”
- 6 squares @ 3″ x 3″

### Fabric 2 (green):

- 5 squares @ 2½” x 2½”
- 6 squares @ 3″ x 3″

## TOOLS USED IN THIS TUTORIAL

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- Olfa 24″ x 36″ double sided healing mat
- Quilters slidelock
- Olfa 60mm rotary cutter
- Oliso Iron
- Gutermann Sew All thread

## Method

### Make up the center block first.

- Take the 2 ½” squares and layout in a checkerboard pattern as per the image below.
- Place the first two squares in row 1 one on top of the other with right sides facing.
- Sew the squares together with a ¼” seam.

- Add the next square to the first two with right sides facing
- Sew the squares together with a ¼” seam.
- Sew the other two rows in the same manner.

### Sew the rows together.

- Place the top row on top of the next row down, right sides together
- Sew the rows together with a ¼” seam.
- Do the same for the last row.

- Press the seams as shown below.

- Put the center piece aside.

### Make the Half Square Triangles.

- Take one 3″ square (white).
- Draw a line on one piece, across the diagonal from corner to corner.
- Place on top of a contrasting colored (green) square and neatly match up the edges.
- Pin to hold in place.

- Sew a seam line ¼” on either side of the drawn line.

- Slice the square across the diagonal on the drawn line.

- This gives you 2 half square triangles.

- Press the seams to the dark side.

- Trim the half square triangles to 2½”.
- If you are unsure of how to do this here is a
**link**to our video on how to do it.

### Lay out the pieces to form the pattern.

- Sew the side pieces together. Place the top square on top of the next square and sew together,

- Sew the last square to the other two squares
- Do the same with the other side pieces.

- Sew the side pieces to the centre piece.

- Press the seams towards the centre.

- Sew the top and bottom rows in the following manner.
- Place the first two squares one on top of the other, right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam.
- Do the same with the last two squares in the row

- Sew the middle square to the first two squares that you have sewn together.
- Right sides together.
- Then sew the last two squares to the middle square.
- This forms the top row.
- Repeat the process for the bottom row.

- Press the outside seams towards the outer edge.
- Press the middle seams towards the centre.
- See photo below.

- Sew the top and bottom rows to the centre block.
- Lay the top row over the centre block, right sides together.
- Sew with a ¼” seam.
- Repeat with the bottom row.

- The Fools Square quilt block is now finished.