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Quilt Ideas for 10-inch Squares – Free Tutorial

Looking for quilt ideas for precut 10″ squares? Here are five suggestions and a free tutorial for a Nine-Patch Rearranged quilt using 10″ pre-cut fabric.

Precut fabric makes quilting so much easier, because a lot of the work is done for you. Ten-inch squares are among the most versatile pre-cuts. Slice them into strips, smaller squares or triangles to make all kinds of quilt designs.

This diagram shows eight ways you can cut up 10″ squares to make a quilt.
eight ways to use 10 inch precut fabric squares

Or, you can simply stitch the blocks together without further cutting, and add a pretty border.

Here are some quilt ideas for pre-cut 10-inch squares.

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Pre-cut 10″ squares make quick work of this striking quilt, made with hourglass blocks.

1. Hourglass quilts. Hourglass quilt blocks are made using two contrasting fabrics, typically a light and a dark or a solid and a print. They are made up of two half-square triangles that are cut in half diagonally and restitched so that the matching fabrics (the light and the light or the solid and the solid, etc.) point to each other. This creates the hourglass look as you can see in the Rock Creek quilt, left, and in the Indian Summer Pattern on our website.

2. Strip Quilts. By cutting a 10″ fabric square into strips, you can build a simple, modern design, like the Stomp or Tweet Kids Quilt, or a more traditional style, like the Espresso Road quilt pattern.

3. Nine-patch quilts. Simply cut your 10″ squares in quarters, 9ths, or 12ths, and sew the smaller squares into nine-patch blocks. Traditionally, quilters arrange the squares in a checkerboard fashion, with the center and corner squares of one print or color and the top, bottom and side squares of a contrasting fabric. But there are no hard-and-fast rules.

Looking for more quilt ideas? Here is an easy quilt pattern for making a nine-patch style quilt with 10″ squares.

quilt ideas nine patch rearranged
Nine-Patch Re-arranged uses 10″ fabric squares. By Vivika Hansen DeNegre.

Nine-Patch Re-arranged
By Vivika Hansen DeNegre

Finished size 57″ x 71″


  • Coordinating print fabrics, 40 squares 10″ x 10″
  • Solid fabric, 5 squares 10″ x 10″ (I used 3/4 yd. of a bright pink solid.)
  • Backing fabric, 3-3/4 yds.
  • Binding fabric, 3/4 yd.
  • Batting, 62″ x 76″ (or twin size)


  1. For the first over-sized nine-patch block, select (9) 10″ squares (you’ll need 8 print squares and 1 solid square). On a design wall or other flat surface, arrange the squares into 3 rows of 3, with the solid square in the middle.

Tip: Place the fabrics you want to dominate your quilt in the 4 corner positions, and those that will be less dominant in the middle row positions.

  1. To piece the over-sized nine-patch block, first sew the squares into 3 rows. Press the seams to 1 side, pressing in the opposite direction for the center row. Sew the 3 rows together. Press these seams toward the center, then press the block and set it aside.
  2. Repeat the process, making a total of 5 blocks.
  3. Cut the blocks into quarters by cutting in half from top to bottom, then side to side.

Tip: Because of the large size of the nine-patch blocks, it is easiest to locate the center by measuring 4-3/4″ from the side seams of the middle row.

  1. Using a design wall, arrange the blocks into 5 rows of 4 blocks each. Play with the placement of the colors, and rearrange the blocks to your heart’s content.
  2. Sew the rows, pressing the seams in opposite directions, and then sew the rows together, nesting the seams for matching corners. Press the entire quilt top.
  3. To prepare the backing, cut the backing fabric in half from selvedge to selvedge to get 2 pieces approximately 67″ x WOF (width of fabric). Sew these pieces together along a 67″ edge.
  4. Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing. Quilt and bind as desired. (The featured quilt was quilted with an overall spiral design by the talented Saima Davis.)

Now that you know how to use 10″ squares, why don’t you check out all the fabulous pre-cut quilt fabrics in our online store and peruse our patterns for more quilt ideas.

P.S. When you make something with our patterns, kits, or fabrics, be sure to share it with the world on social media and tag your photo with #myKQ.


  • TDowland

    I can appreciate the work that went into this patchwork quilt. It reminds me of the older quilts my Grandmother(s) made from her leftover sewing pieces left over from sewing all the family’s clothing. There was probably a lot of love and time that went into making this quilt. Nice work.

  • Kathy Miller

    Does anyone have the pattern instructions that came with the “Skinny Jeans” 10″ squares quilt kit they could share with me? I have my heart set on making the quilt for my daughters wedding gift, but they are all sold out of the kits and I cannot seem to find any of the 10″ squares online anywhere. I may just buy the Keepsake Quilting 10 inch squares in blue batiks and try to figure out the pattern myself. Thank you!

  • Cathy McNaughton

    Is it possible to rate the quilt patterns and kits that you sell? Some of us still need that designation. Beginner, Easy, Confident Beginner, Intermediate, and Advancedwould be most helpful. Thanks!

  • Debby Kratovil

    I used to be a math teacher and I still can’t figure out how to EVENLY divide 10″ into thirds. Of course, it’s 3-1/3″, but who has a ruler with those markings? Maybe I’m missing something here. That’s a lovely pattern, but it doesn’t address how to cut those squares!

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