Girls Favorite 2 - free block

Posted by Ruth on 1 April 2013 | 1 Comments


Today's free pattern block is called Girl's Favorite 2. I thought that was quite appropriate for the 1st of April. When I started this block I thought it would be relatively easy, but I'd have to admit it is more of an intermediate to advanced block. Accuracy is important if you want to make this block well and you do need to be familiar with 1/8" measurements for cutting the larger blocks. Even though I think this is a more difficult block, I do think anyone could make it as long as they know the three basics in quilt making: Accurate 1/4" seams, accurate rotary cutting and good pressing skills. (all three links are free tutorials)

First out, let me apoligize for using orange and green fabrics again. There is actually a reason for this and next week, I'll try really hard to select different colors.

Girl's Favorite 2 block

Today I'm using four different fabrics and a background which will be black.

My fabric selection

Here is what you need to cut for four different size blocks:



6" finished

8" finished

10" finished

12" finished




2 3/4" squares

2" squares

3 1/4" squares

2 1/2" squares

3 3/4" squares

3" squares

4 1/4" squares

3 1/2" squares

Fabric 1



2 3/4" squares

2" squares

3 1/4" squares

2 1/2" squares

3 3/4" squares

3" squares

4 1/4" squares

3 1/2" squares

Fabric 2


2 3/4" squares

3 1/4" squares

3 3/4" squares

4 1/4" squares

Fabric 3


 1 1/2" squares

2" squares 

2 3/8" squares 

2 5/8" squares 

Fabric 4


 3 1/2" square

 4 1/2" square

 5 1/2" square

 6 1/2" square

The two orange/green batik squares (fabric 2) need to be cut into Quarter Square Triangles (QST). That is, cut twice through the diagonal to make four even triangles.

Pieces cut - batik cut into QSTs

Let's start with the center of the square. We will make a square in a square using the snowball corner method. 

square in a square unit

Start by placing two of the small orange squares in two opposite corners of the large pale square. Draw a line through the diagonal of the smaller squares, then stitch along these lines.

first corners

Once stitched, press the inner corner of the small squares over to the opposite corner to form a triangle.

first corners press outward

Be sure the three points meet accurately and then trim away the under two triangles leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. This will help reduce the bulk when joining to the other units.

trim off the under two triangles

Now repeat for the other two corners. This square in a square unit should measure 3 1/2" square (6" block), 4 1/2" square (8" block), 5 1/2" square (10" block) or 6 1/2" square (12" block).

The back side looks like this.

back side of the unit

This next unit is a little more tricky. Be as accurate as you can. Start with a large background (black) square and Fabric 1 (orange) square placed right sides together and raw edges even. Draw one diagonal line through the center, from corner to corner of one square, then sew 1/4" on either side. You'll make two of these. Next cut along the line.

stitch both sides of line and cut apart

Press the background half over the seam to make a HST (half square triangle unit). Trim the ears off and then cut through the opposite diagonal to the seam, corner to corner. Be careful to cut accurately. Repeat for the remaining HSTs.

Cut HST units in half

Let's lay the pieces out to see how the unit will look.

Lay unit out

Join the two orange batik triangles to the green square first. Sew with the square on top. First one... (press toward the triangle but don't bother to trim the ear yet)

first triangle pressed in place

....and then the other. Press the second seam toward the triangle too. Now trim those ears.

trim ears off

Finally add the other two triangle sections. The seams should butt together.

finished unit


Give this a good press. You will need four in total. Trim the ears off to tidy the unit up. This unit should measure 2" x 3 1/2" (6" block), 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" (8" block), 3" x 5 1/2" (10" block) or 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" (12" block).

Now my favorite part. Lay out all the units made and add the remaining black squares in the corners.

Lay out all units to form block

Sew together into rows first, pressing the seams in each row in opposite directions and then join to rows to complete the block.

My finished block

What do you think?

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  • Great block - love the the square in a square that develops.

    Posted by Jen, 02/04/2013 9:50am (8 years ago)

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