I’m so excited! I just discovered an amazing way to make scrappy Four-Patch blocks lickety-split! All of the blocks end up different, and you really only have to measure once!
You start with squares of any size. That’s right, it doesn’t matter what size your squares are! For this tutorial I used 5″ squares, because I had a little packet of them.
Place two squares, right sides together. I tried to match a dark with a light, but some were medium, so I just let them pair up randomly.
Sew down BOTH sides. I fed a lot of pairs through my machine at one time, doing first one side, then doing the other side of the stack.
Now slice them in half through the middle. Since my squares were 5″, I sliced at 2-1/2″ but, remember, any size square will work, just find half, and slice!
Open the pieces up and press toward the dark–if you have a dark!
Do this will all your squares.
Now sew them together as shown below…
…all of them!
Once you have them all sewn together, slice a 2-1/2″ piece off one end. Set this two-patch aside. You only have to measure this first one. After this, the magic begins!
Flip the short piece over…
…and use it as a guide for your next cut!
There’s your first Four-Patch!
See! Now just keep going, flipping and cutting, until you get to the end. At the end, you’ll have a two-patch, which you can sew together with your first cut piece.
From my charm pack, I was able to make this little quilt. I thought the brown in there added a little interest.
Try this method and let me know what you think!