Equis Quilt Block Tutorial

March 30, 2016

 

 

Equis Quilt Block Tutorial

Equis Block photo 1

The Equis block  is partially paper pieced (the four center squares) and surrounded by strips, making up three borders.  After adding the borders, it finishes at 12″.

You can click to download the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates.

Take a look below for the full instructions and the PDF with the 2 required paper piecing templates.  If you’re new to paper piecing, you may want to check out some tutorials on the basics.  I love Kitty’s introduction to paper piecing — you can find it by clicking here.

Fabric Requirements

You will need a fat eighth of each of the three colors:

Color Palette for Equis Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting Instructions

After printing out the paper piecing templates (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B), cut pieces for each section.  Many paper piecers eyeball the sections they cut.  However, this can be frustrating, especially if you’re new to the technique.

TIP: Make sure that you cut your fabric pieces large enough to adequately cover each section of paper, measure the patch, and add a ¾” seam allowances (i.e., a paper section that is 2″ x 4″ would require fabric to be cut to 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″).  Since I am not an adventurous paper piecer, I actually measure the piece and add 1 1/2″ seam allowance!  This certainly means I waste more fabric, but in my mind, it’s less frustrating than cutting the piece too small and having to pick out stitches.

For the strips surrounding the four paper pieced center blocks:

White:

Border 1

Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 8 1/2″

Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 10″

Midnight:

Border 2

Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10″

Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10 1/2″

White:

Border 3

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

 

Piecing Instructions

TIP: Set your machine to 1.5 (18-20 stitches per inch) and use a 90/14 needle to make bigger needle holes, thus making paper removal easier.
  1. Make the 4 paper pieced units (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B).Paper Pieced Equis Blocks by Stephanie Palmer at Late Night Quilter
  2. Remove the paper and sew the 4 units together as shown in the diagram below.

Equis Paper Pieced Block blown Out

I like to glue baste when I have such sharp points coming together (my glue basting tip got stuck, so I used an old needle to apply the glue before pressing and sewing my 1/4″ seam).

Glue Basting

    3.  Attach the top and bottom of the white Border #1; then attach the sides of Border #1.

    4.  Attach the sides of the midnight Border #2; then attach the top and bottom of Border #2.

    5.  Attach the top and bottom of the  white Border # 3; then attach the sides of Border #3.

TIP: Cut the strips in the outermost border an inch or so longer and wider than needed and then trim it to size.  Then if you’re a little inaccurate with the 1/4″ seam, you can compensate with trimming.

 Here is the download for the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates  again, in case you missed it above.

Repeated Equis block

 

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113 Comments

  • Reply Delaine March 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love your block! I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. Thanks!

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts March 31, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    This is a great block. Kudos for making the blocks into charity quilts. I follow on
    Bloglovin.

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    And I follow on Instagram.

  • Reply janequiltsslowly April 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I really like this block and the design options that you show. I follow Inspired By Fabric by email!

  • Reply janequiltsslowly April 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I follow Paint Brush Studio on Instagram. My instagram name: janequiltsslowly

  • Reply Sandra April 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I follow Inspired by Fabric on bloglovin’ and by email. Love your block Stephanie!

  • Reply Sandra April 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I follow pbstudiofabrics on Instagram. And your toddler is TOO adorable!!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life April 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful block, and even cuter toddler!

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  • Reply Deanna @ Stitches Quilting April 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Stephanie! Great Equis Block! Love the tutorial, the length of your post and how you add helpful tips! Thanks for the example of fantastic blog writing. Deanna

  • Reply poweredbyquilting April 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Stephanie – your block is great. However, your border lengths are incorrect 🙁 the overall size turns out fine. But I thought I should let you know that your cutting instructions need to be updated!

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