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What is the best size for squares?

maricella | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I don’t quilt, but I sew a lot for my grandchildren and would like to make a memory quilt someday.  What size should I cut the squares  from the left over fabric?  Is there a standard size.  I plan to start with pillowcases.  Thank you. 


  1. damascusannie | | #1

    The size of the scraps will determine the size of the squares. A nice size for a one-patch quilt (lots of patches that stand alone as opposed to being sewn into a block pattern) is 4" x 4" blocks. So, you'd cut your squares at 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", to include the 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Really there's no right or wrong size for a one-patch, though. The main thing is to cut all your blocks the same size, whatever that happens to be. Annie in Wisconsin, USA
    ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
    ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
    See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

    Edited 9/24/2008 8:55 am by damascusannie

  2. Palady | | #2

    Another thought in cutting quilt squares - buy a template sheet.  Joann has them in the quilting section.  The heavier the better.

    Make yourself an appropriate sized square from it.  A safety knife works well for cutting the template.  This the knife that has a retractable blade.  Several comaonies make them.  The following URl has a photo.


    Be sure you use a T-square ruler in the tamplate cutting to get straight lines.  This one is 24".  I recently bought a 12" for $2 + at  A. C. Moore.

    Use a rotary cutter when you cut the piece.  This wokrs the better than scissors.  MO of course.


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