Thursday, July 24, 2008

Four Patch Quilts

Cut some 4½ inch strips and 8½ inch squares and make a quick 4-patch quilt. Or 2 or 3.

four patch quilt

The quilt top above and the one below are made from the kit I started stitching at our Project Linus group last Sunday. Almost. The kit only had 4 border strips, which I used on the quilt top above. I dug into my Project Linus stash to create a border for the quilt top below. Which border do you like best?

four patch quilt

Each fabric strip for the 4-patch blocks was eight inches longer than needed for the 20 blocks. An extra 40 by 4½ inches of 2 fabrics. Too much to waste. With a little extra piecing it was enough for 4 more 4-patch blocks. Or half of 8 blocks.

I went digging thru the stash and found a cute frog print with lots of primary colors and a red-orange tone-on-tone. Yellow in an appropriate shade was slightly harder, but I found a nice pale yellow. 4-patches with 4 different fabrics.

four patch detail

There are only 16 blocks in this quilt top. From 2 strips of the frog fabric, I got 8 squares and two 7 x 8½" rectangles. Too frugal to waste half a strip to cut 2 more squares, I split the rectangles, cut 4 light yellow rectangles, and sewed the rectangles to the ends of the rows. I still had scraps, but less than the kit had. And I created a pretty great top. What do you think?

four patch quilt


  1. Very creative on your part. I like the 2nd border best I think.
    I want to get "good enough" to make quilts for Project Linus. You inspire me.

  2. Danetta, Don't worry about being "good enough" for Project Linus. We welcome all skill levels. Contact your local chapter and find a group to work with. They'll teach you.