Equis Quilt Block Tutorial
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.
You will need a fat eighth of each of the three colors:
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.
For the strips surrounding the four paper pieced center blocks:
Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/4″ x 10″
Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10″
Cut 2 strips 3/4″ x 10 1/2″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
Cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
- Make the 4 paper pieced units (2 of Template A and 2 of Template B).
- Remove the paper and sew the 4 units together as shown in the diagram below.
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).
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.
Here is the download for the Equis PDF of Paper Piecing Templates again, in case you missed it above.