Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 8: Inset Squares}


I love this block as it looks complicated but actually really simple to put together. It also leverages Half-Square Triangle techniques from previous blocks.

Materials and Cutting Instructions

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (White)   Scrap
  • Five (5) 4.5” squares
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric C (Orange)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric D (Light Blue)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square
 Fabric E (Green)  Scraps
  • One (1) 4.5” square
  • Two (2) 2.5” square
  • Three (3) 3.5” square

Making your block

Corner Blocks

As you see the white square are surrounded by corners that are solid and corners that have two colors “split colored corners”. For the split colored corners you will need to make up 12 HST blocks measuring 2.5”.


  1. First off, decide on your color palette and your placement of colors.
  2. Take two 3.5” blocks of the colors that you know will be one of the split color corners. For this example, I will choose the top left corners which is light blue and dark blue.
  3. Follow method 2 in this blog post to sew, cut and trim the 2.5” HST.
  4. Take these two HST and one light blue and dark blue 2.5″ square. On the back draw a line on the back across the diagonal. This will be the stitch line.
  5. Line up the HST blocks with the corner of the white square corners. Place both HST on the opposite diagonals. Sew along the marked line.
    Trim the corners by a 1/4 ” on the outer edge. Press seams open.
  6. Repeat the process on the other diagonal with the 2.5″ squares.
  7. The corner blocks will look like this:
  8. Repeat the process for all 4 corner blocks and the center block (note that the center block uses 4 HST blocks, no 2.5″ blocks of one color).
    Note: in total you will make twelve (12) 2.5″ HST blocks (2 on each the 4 corners and 4 for the center block))

Finishing your block

  1. To make the larger quarter triangles you will need line up the center block, and corner blocks first.
  2. Now place the appropriate colored 4.5″ squares in the middle (denoted by the large white squares above.
  3. Sew each block in each row together, press seams.
  4. Sew together each row, lining up each if the blocks to make sure your larger quarter triangles also line up smoothly. Press seams.

You now have a finished block 12″ (unfinished 12.5″).

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

Please Note: If you every make the sampler or any of the blocks use #spoonflowersamplerquilt and/or link back to the tutorial. Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.


1 thought on “Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 8: Inset Squares}

  1. Pingback: Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 9: HST & Stripes} | Factotum of Arts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s