Square in a Square Poolside Quilt


As soon as we saw the new collaborative line from Cotton+Steel, Poolside, we knew it needed to be made into a simple quilt to show off the fun tropical inspired prints. Brenda picked a square in a square block, perfect for using the large-scale colorful palm trees, sunglasses, waves, and geometric prints. Making your own square in a square block is easy even for beginners, and depending on the size can be made with precuts such as a layer cake or fat quarter. Read on to learn how!


A great thing about square in a square blocks is the way you can make them in practically any size. Because we were using 10″ by 10″ precut squares, we chose to make our blocks finish at 8″ in the quilt. 


To make one 8.5″ square in a square block, you’ll need to cut:

One 5″ middle square

Two 2.5″ by 5″ rectangles

Two 2.5″ by 9″ rectangles (we just used the 10″ length of the precut and trimmed off the excess when squaring up the blocks)

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.

To make each block, sew one short strip to the top of the square, and one short strip to the bottom. Press the two seams to the side. Next, take 2 long strips and sew one to both sides of the square. Square up your block by trimming each side to 8.5″. squareinasquare.jpg

For this quilt, we made 42 blocks in the above manner and arranged them in a 6 by 7 pattern. This makes for a finished lap quilt measuring 48″ by 56″. The backing fabric is XOXO in Natural from Cotton+Steel, and the binding is Cotton Supreme Solid in Atlantica.

woolbattingthickness.jpg For the batting, we used Dream Wool by Quilter’s Dream. This batting makes the warmest, softest quilts with a pleasantly high loft to make them a little puffy– perfect for showing off the quilting!

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