Showing posts with label 4-patch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4-patch. Show all posts

Monday, March 13, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate block 1 - Thrifty Block (Four Patch Unit)

Today's block is a quick and easy block.  This makes a great alternate block because of the chain effect!  I made this block using two colors plus my background fabric.

To make this block you will need a 2 x 16 inch strip of your background fabric, a 2 x 16 strip of your main color plus a 3 1/2 inch square of the main color and four 3 1/2 squares of your secondary color.

Using the strip piecing method, make four blocks using the two 2 x 16 inch strips.  Arrange your blocks like this -
And sew it together!  Press the seams away from the four patches for the least bulk.  Your finished block will look like this:

Here's an idea of how you could use this block in combination with a Friendship star block:

I really like making quilts that use two different blocks because you can get some really nice secondary effects with them.  I'll have a new block next week using the four-patch unit, so make sure you come back and see what I come up with!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Three Ways to Make a 4-patch block.

I have found 3 different ways to make a 4-patch block using charm squares. I found each way to be equally accurate, and they are all easy to do.

Method 1:

The first method is the one I generally use. I cut each 5 inch square in half each direction, giving me 4 2.5 inch squares.

For this project we are using black for the background and a brown metallic check for the colored squares. You will need 10 squares of each to make your block. I chain sew mine, alternating the background on the top for the first, on the bottom for the second, and so on until all pairs are sewn.

I then clip them into sets of two, open them up and sew the pairs together.

Fingerpress the seams toward the darker side and nestle them together to match the seams in the center of the block.

After sewing, press.

Method 2:

The second method is to layer the two squares right sides together. Stitch a 1/4 seam on two opposite sides of the square.

Cut the square down the center between the two seams, open up and press.

Layer the two squares right sides together with the different colors being together. Sew a 1/4 inch seam perpendicular to the previously sewn seam (the seams in your square will look like a letter H).

Cut in half through the center seam, open up and press.

Method 3:

This is similar to the method for making 1/2 square triangles. Mark a pencil line down the center of the light colored square.

Sew a seam 1/4 inch from each side of the line.

Cut on the line, press seam to the dark side. Layer the two squares with the different colors being layered on each other. Mark a line down the center, sew 1/4 inch from each side, then cut on the line.

Open and press seam to one side.

Make sure to measure your squares to make sure they are an accurate 4 1/2 inches. I found that all of mine measured up and it didn't matter which method I'd used. I just thought it was fun to do things different ways and end up with the same results. Have fun making your patches, next time we'll put the block together. I have a tip for piecing blocks that helps make it go faster and will help you avoid getting the different patches turned the wrong way.