Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts drew inspiration from her neighbor’s fence to design the Suspended Square Block. We like the graphic, Art Deco look of this block! Learn more about Kirsty in her introduction and stop by Bonjour Quilts for Kirsty’s latest designs, to learn more about her extensive family travels and more…

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I blog over at Bonjour Quilts. Today I have a tutorial to make a Suspended Square Block (a pattern inspired by my neighbour’s pool fence, of all things).

This fun little block lends itself well to playing with color and it is a great scrap buster, whether they be small scraps or larger pieces (the fabric requirements can easily be cut from two contrasting fat-sixteenths).

The finished block measures 9.5” square (so 9” when sewn together in a quilt). Some points to note:

  • For the background you’ll need a 8.5” x 10.5” fabric piece (or equivalent scraps).
  • For the lattice you’ll need a 7.5” x 9” fabric piece (or equivalent scraps).
  • Additional fabric will be required for sashing between blocks (more on this shortly).
  • All seams are a scant quarter inch.
  • Seams are pressed open to reduce bulk.

Let’s get started!

The first step is to cut all your pieces from your fat-sixteenths (or scraps or yardage if you prefer). Then begin by piecing the inner squares:

Next step is as follows:

(If you are using yardage or scraps, you may prefer to cut two pieces 2.5” x 6” rather than four pieces 2.5” x 3”. I have used four smaller pieces as I couldn’t cut the two larger pieces from a fat-sixteenth.) If you do prefer to use the larger pieces, you’d piece these as follows:

Take your striped pieces and your central square and join them like this:

Then you’ll add an outer row in white:

And finally another row in your contrasting color:

And there you have your finished Suspended Square Block!

All that remains is to decide how big a quilt you’d like to make, which will determine how much sashing you’ll need. I’d recommend cutting 1.5” strips to give 1” sashing when sewn.

A crib sized quilt (51” x 61”) would require 30 blocks. For this quilt you’d need 3/4 yard of fabric for sashing (cut 18 strips, 1.5” x WOF).

A lap-sized quilt (61” x 71”) would require 42 blocks and a yard of fabric for sashing (cut 24 strips, 1.5” x WOF).

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or pop over and say hello at Bonjour Quilts.