How to make your own Scottie Dog Quilt Block

Welcome, quilting enthusiasts! Today, we’re going to dive into a delightful project that combines your love for quilting and adorable Scottie dogs.

This tutorial will guide you through creating your own 12-inch Scottie Dog Quilt Block, a traditional pattern assembled using a combination of squares, bars, half-square triangle units, and a quarter square triangle unit.

Whether you’re making this for yourself or your canine-loving friends, this project is sure to bring joy and satisfaction.

Materials Needed



Before we start, gather the following materials:

For the dog body (grey or black fabric):

  • One 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ bar
  • Three 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares
  • Four 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ squares
  • One 3-1/4″ square

For the background:

  • Two 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles
  • One 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ bar
  • One 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ bar
  • One 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ square
  • Three 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ squares
  • One 3-1/4″ square

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make Half Square Triangle Units

Half square triangle units are used to create the Scottie Dog’s head and tail. Pair a 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ background square with a black square of the same size. Use the easy quick pieced method to sew the squares together, creating two half-square triangle units that each measure 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.



Repeat this process to make four more half square triangle units. Then, make two half square triangle units by pairing the 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ background square with a black square of the same size. The units should measure 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.

Step 2: Make a Quarter Square Triangle Unit

Quarter square triangle units are easy to make. Find a half square triangle unit made from 3-1/4″ squares. Draw a line from one corner to an opposite corner on the reverse side of a 2-7/8″ black square. Pair the plain square with the half square triangle unit, right sides together and aligned so that the marked line is perpendicular to the triangle square’s seam.

Sew a seam 1/4″ on either side of the line, just as you did to construct the half square triangle unit. Cut on the marked line and carefully press the quarter square units open. Units are mirror images of each other. Refer to the illustration to see which one is used for the right-facing Scottie. The remaining unit can be used to sew a left-facing dog.

Step 3: Assemble the Quilt Block

Assemble the pieces for the Scottie Dog quilt block in two large sections, a left, and a right, and then sew the sections together.

The left section is made up of four rows, and the right section is made up of four rows as well. Sew the left and right Scottie sections together, matching seams carefully. Press. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2″ square. If yours is a different size or skewed, try one of our easy methods to square up quilt blocks.

Full Pattern: Click Here

Congratulations! You’ve just completed your Scottie Dog Quilt Block. Remember, the beauty of quilting lies in the journey, not just the destination. Each stitch you make is a step towards mastering this wonderful craft. The more you practice, the more perfect your quilts will become. So, keep quilting, keep creating, and most importantly, keep enjoying the process. Happy quilting!

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