Sunday, 23 August 2015

Four patch tutorial

Next month (September) it is my turn to choose the block that members of the Comfort Circle of Do Good Stitches will sew. I've decided to go for something very simple, in the hopes that my bee-mates will make several of these smallish blocks (8.5 inches unfinished) each!

I've decided to go for a colour scheme of white, paired with lemon yellow, lime green and aqua.

the colour scheme for September blocks

The quilt I've designed uses equal numbers of "positive" and "negative" blocks so I'm hoping that my bee mates will make at least one pair of blocks each.

positive block - small white squares form a diagonal line
negative block - small coloured squares form a diagonal line

For each pair of blocks (one positive and one negative), you will need to cut:
8 squares 2.5 x 2.5 inches from white fabrics
8 squares 2.5 x 2.5 inches from a range of lemon/lime/aqua fabrics
2 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches from white
2 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches from lemon/lime/aqua

Fabric requirements for a pair of blocks

The sewing instructions below are for a "positive block" with large coloured squares. The "negative blocks" are made in exactly the same way but with large white squares.

Sew each white 2.5 inch square to a coloured 2.5 inch square and press the seam towards the darker fabric.

Step 1: sew white and coloured small squares together in pairs

 Sew two of these pieced units together (nesting the seams) to create two checkerboard squares, each 4.5 inches square.

Step 2: make checkerboard squares

Sew each pieced square unit to a 4.5 inch fabric square, paying attention to the orientation of the pieced unit. Press the seam towards the plain fabric square.

Step 3: sew checkerboard squares to large squares

Nesting seams, sew the two units together. Give the finished block a good press. It should measure 8.5 inches square.

Step 4: finished block