“How Many Squares?” Puzzle Block

How Many Squares Puzzle

This block has been designed for the 2013 Simply Solids: a modern {bee} group however, if you like it, feel free to make it and let me know that you did!

I’m sure you’ve seen this puzzle on Facebook and floating around the web for awhile now. I thought it would be fun to make it into a quilt block. Please read all directions before cutting your fabric to better understand the block layout.

Fabric requirements are for a 12.5″ x 12.5″ block:

I would recommend using 8 different colours for this block to be balanced but the choice is yours!

8 side squares of different colours – 3.5″ x 3.5″
8 inside squares – 2″ x 2″ squares of different colours;
8 different colour sets for “L” shapes  – 2″ x 3.5″ rectangle & 2″ x 2″ square

You can make your finished blocks as scrappy as you like or monochromatic as long as the original design doesn’t get lost, the posibilites are endless!

For my version, I used Design Seeds to choose my colour palette, it’s an excellent resource if you’re stuck.

Now on to construction! Click any image to enlarge detail.

Below is a layout of the top portion of the block, the bottom section is identical. You might want to layout your pieces in this manner to avoid confusion. 

Top of Block Diagram

Step 1. Sew your 2″ square units together. your finished rectangles should measure 3.5″ x 2″, trim if necessary.
If your rectangles are smaller, check your 1/4″ seam allowance.

Sewing Step One

Step 2. Sew your first units to your 3.5″ x 2″ rectangles to create a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square.

Sewing Step Two

Step 3. Sew your 3.5″ x 3.5″ solid fabric squares to your pieced units to create 6.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles.

Sewing Step Three

Step 4. Sew your two upper units together.

Sewing Step Four

Step 5. Sew your upper and lower units together.
Your finished top unit should measure 12.5″ x 6.5″

Sewing Step Five

Step 6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 then sew the two completed units together to  make your finished 12.5″ square block!

Sew Upper and Lower Units

Do you know how many squares are in this block? Leave your answer in the comments!

Thanks for sewing along with me, a photo of the completed quilt will be posted at the end of 2013. 😀

Completed Block

Turquoise and Coral

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