Winged Square Block Tutorial

March is my month in the Stash Trad Bee…the month where I choose the block design and get lots of fun blocks in the mail! I settled on the Winged Square block.

Here is a picture of the traditional color arrangement in the block. The center square is one color and the HST “wings” another. I decided to change that a little bit. I am asking that the bee members choose a fun, favorite print for the center square that is primarily made up of two colors. Here, my center fabric is primarily pink and aqua. Then each wing should be made of scrappy bits in those colors, one color on one side, the other color on the other side.

To begin, you need two 4 1/2″ squares and twelve 3″ squares of your background material. I am using Natural Essex Linen. Then cut one 4 1/2″ square for the center block. I chose Kokka Trafle Milk Caps. Then you need six 3″ squares in each of your two scrappy colors.

Pair the linen and the scrappy colors and draw a diagonal center line. Stitch 1/4″ from the line on either side. Cut units apart, iron the seams to the scrappy side (away from the thicker linen).

Trim each HST unit to 2 1/2″ square.
I then assembled all the HST units in rows and attached them to the 4 1/2″ squares. I prefer to iron my seams to the side so I ironed the first group of HST seams to one side and then next group to the other so that the rows were easy to join. Then I sewed row 1 to row 2 and then to row 3.


  1. Love the block and color choices! Linen has become one of my favorite fabrics to use lately.
    What book did you get the pattern from?
    thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Love this block, and those colours look fab with the linen

  3. It looks fabulous and I love working with linen ! Haven’t used it in a quilt as yet….just cushions and other small stuff

  4. this is a beautiful block! It’s not a color combo I’m usually drawn too, but they really sing here.

  5. Beautiful! The linen always does it for me!

  6. I love the choice of colors! It makes the block very fresh and modern.

  7. I love that using the linen and the color combo!!

  8. Your block came out terrific! I just love it with the Essex linen. Could you share the title of your block book? I’ve been thinking I am missing a good reference for my library.

  9. Wowee, I love how you modernized the block with your fabric choices! 🙂

  10. You chose a great block. The linen background looks wonderful.

  11. So pretty!!! Such great fabric choices & I love the linen: )

  12. Oh! I’m excited about your block Amy! Thanks for the advance tutorial. I’ll have no trouble completing this before I leave on holiday.

  13. Love this block and your fabric and color choices. What is the book the block came from?

  14. Looking forward to working on this fun block, Amy!

  15. Gosh that’s a gorgeous block. A whole quilt of them will be amazing! Good choice!

  16. I too love the block and I too would love to know what book you have as it looks interesting. Just bought some fabric from your shop. just gorgeous

  17. those blocks will be so fun to get back in the mail. enjoy your month of your bee!

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  19. What book are yall using? I love the colors. I’m your newest follower.


  20. This is so gorgeuos 🙂 What block book is that from?

  21. Hi Amy, would you mind if I used this tutorial for a bee block? And would it be okay to post about it on my blog, with links to you of course.
    Cheers, jane

  22. I would also like the book title please 🙂

  23. Thank you for this tutorial. Love this block.

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