October 18, 2013

Double Circle of Squares, 25 Patch Block Tutorial


Through Pinterest, I found a great block called Circle of Squares, posted by Geoff of the ToeFeather blog. He also posted a great tutorial, over 2 1/2 years ago.   I thought I'd make it my own, by making a Double Circle of  Squares.  I'm really happy with the result.  I used left over bits from the Dolce quilt I just finished.

Here's how I made mine.


You'll need (24) 2.5" x 2.5" squares.  This is a great time to fussy cut if you want.


Strip-piece (12) of the squares to 2.5" WOF, strips.


Cut the units apart and press toward the print.


Still stip-piecsing, attach a 2.5" strip to the side, and cut apart and press.  In the original block, these were 4 patches, I change them up because it was more logical, to me.


Take the four remaining units, still using the strip-piecing method, attach a 1.5" strip to the right and left.


Cut apart, and press to the center.  These units were not in the original block, but I thought they were necessary to keep the movement going for the outer circle.


You're almost to the end of the strip-piecing.  For the remaining units, attach a 1.5" strip to all four sides.  Do this a step at a time.  Attach a strip, cut apart, press, and repeat three more times.  Left, right, top, then bottom.


Lay the blocks out for final assembly.  I first put down the inner circle, 9 patch, then the outer circle, making it a 25 patch.  You can see there was one more patch, a plain 4.5" x 4.5" square, for the center.


A couple of more photos  of the block.  The block measures 21" x 21", so it will finish 20.5" square.



May your bobbins always be full

1 comment

  1. Wonderful! Thanks for acknowledging the inspiration... I wish everyone would!

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