I'll be sharing another block this week for the Block of the Month Club and four patches are one of the elements.
Here is a simple four patch...
There are 2 ways to sew a four patch, so come on in and see...
The way I've been making them for my sample blocks is just cutting the desired measurement for each square...in this case 2 1/2 inches.
I do it this way, because I am desperately trying to use up my scrap basket of all my reds and tans.
The first way is to take four squares cut at 2 1/2 inches...
Sew the top 2 right sides together with a 1/4 inch seam, then sew the bottom 2 squares.
Then sew the 2 rows together, matching the center seam.
Four patch done!
Now for the faster way...Strip Piecing!!
If you are using the same 2 fabrics throughout in your 4 patches, strip piecing works great.
For this example, I will be using 2 1/2 inch strips which will give me a 4 1/2 inch four patch (unfinished measurement)
I am only using small strips in this picture below (again, from my scrap basket), but imagine your strips to be the width of fabric which is 42-44 inches.
Take 2 strips. One dark fabric and one light fabric cut at 2 1/2 inches wide and as long as you have available.
Place fabric right sides together.
Sew one long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
1/4 inch seam
Press seam to the dark fabric.
Square up the left short edge first.
To do this, line up the the left short edge on a vertical line on your cutting mat letting the edge hang over a little bit. Then line up the bottom edge of the fabric on the horizontal line of the mat. Trim with a rotary cutter using the vertical line to cut.
Now place your quilt ruler on the stripped piece.
Line up the 2 1/2 inch mark on the left side and a straight line of the ruler on the bottom of the fabric to keep it square.
Cut the 2 1/2 piece.
and just keep cutting all the way down the strip. Every once in a while, check to see if you need to square up the end again.
Now just take 2 of those pieces and sew them together....matching center seam.
Easy Peasy 4 patch!!
If you use a full width of fabric which is about 42-44 inches, you can get 17 two patches that are 2 1/2 inches wide...which will give you 8 four patches. Works great with Jelly Rolls of fabric!!
This works for all measurements. Whatever the width of your strip, is what you will cut the 2 patch at. For example...if your strips are 3 1/2 inches wide and you sew the 2 strips together, you will cut the 2 patch at 3 1/2 inches wide. When you sew the 4 patch together, your final block will be 6 1/2 inches.
Hope this was helpful!!
The next Block of the Month will be on Wednesday!