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# Two By Two

Examining the Four-Patch Block.

I'll be exploring quilt blocks occasionally in this blog, and I thought I should start with something easy to flex my blogging and digital image creating skills. Without a doubt the Four Patch block is one of the easiest blocks in the quilt world. So let's discuss some quilt math, and then I'll attach a quick how-to for the Four Patch.

When looking at any block with the objective of breaking it down to its simplest components, it's important to find a grid of rows and columns. The Four Patch is an example of a 2 row by 2 column grid - thus making 4 equal patches or squares.

Next is when we use our math skills. Let's say you want to make a finished 12 inch block using the Four Patch Block pattern. We're going to divide the finished size by the 2.

12 ÷ 2 = 6

Each patch/square will be a finished 6 inch square. But before you cut, remember this is the FINISHED SIZE. We must add a seam allowance to each side which is usually a ¼ inch.

¼ + ¼ + 6 = 6½

Cut four 6½ inch squares to create a 12 inch finished Four Patch Block.

Here's the math for a few other popular sizes:

Now that we have the math finished, let's talk sewing! Take your four patches and lay them out in a pleasing layout. (see right)

This graphic is showing a two-color version, but you can make this as scrappy as you want and add up to 4 different colors/fabrics for each block.

Piece the two pieces of the top row together and stitch; and repeat with the bottom row so that you have the image to the left.

Just a note on pressing... everyone has an opinion, and mine is: press in a manner that works well for you and/or the project at hand. For this block I would either press in alternate directions so that the seam fold will butt up against each other in the next step OR I would press open so that I could really see the seams meeting when I pin for the next step.

Next, place the two sections right sides facing each other; pin so that the middle seam lines up; stitch and press. Again, press in a manner that pleases you. No quilt police here!

Here's a quick mock up of a Four Patch quilt. I'm using a Moda fabric called Love, Lily.

I hope you enjoyed this quilt math post. I gotta get back to the lab! Until next time!

Cynthia

p.s. Big thanks to Pixabay.com for the free images. The top image was made by Gerd Altmann. Find out more here: