How to Make the Scrappy Zigzag Quilt Block

Join me again this year as I provide instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. Eventually, all these blocks will turn into a great quilt! For the month of January, we are making the Scrappy Zigzag Quilt Block in this quick tutorial.  

Scrappy ZigZag Quilt Block made in blues and whites

To make a faux scrappy look, try turning some fabrics over and using the back side instead of the front.

For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following: 

Background Color

- 4 of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares

- 4 of 4 x 4 inch squares

Various Light Colors

- 4 of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares

Various Dark Colors

- 4 of 4 x 4 inch squares

Fabric squares ready to be sewn together into the block


 Make the half square triangles (HST).

On the back of the white 4 inch squares, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner.

Pin a dark color - 4 inch square to the white square, right sides together. 

Stitch on both sides of the drawn line, a scant 1/4 inch away. I like to chain piece this step.

Chain pieced Half Square triangles

Cut on the drawn line, and press to the color side.

Trim to be 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches each.

Layout the HSTs and the remaining 3 1/2 inch squares to match the picture of the whole block and stitch them together in rows. Press. Then, stitch the rows together. Press.

Scrappy Zigzag Quilt Block

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Check back each month for a new How-To of quilt blocks! To see the other blocks, just search my blog for Quilt Guild Block of the Month.

If you would like a PDF digital download of these instructions, check out Group #7 of the How-To Quilt Block of the Month.  Also, please check out the other blocks that are available for download here.

(This is classic block that has been designed by many people but these instructions are written by me.)  

Have fun quilting!

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