My next anniversary celebration charity quilt includes Four Patches and this blog posting contains the basic information you need to make Four Patches from 5″ squares that will finish 4″.
Using 5″ squares, select one dark or medium square and one background square. In this example I’m using a white, but many quilts look great with a dark background.
1. With right sides together, place a 5″ square of the background fabric on a 5″ square of the main fabric. Stitch scant 1/4″ wide seams (just shy of 1/4″) on opposite sides of the unit.
2. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half so that each piece measures 2 1/2″ x 5″.
3. Press to set the stitching; then press the seams toward the darker fabric in the unit.
4. Place two units right-sides together with seams aligned horizontally and the dark and light fabrics opposite each other; stitch scant 1/4″ wide seams on opposite sides of the unit. Be sure the stitching crosses the first seam.
5. Measure over 2 1/2″ and cut the unit in half.
6. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam to one side in each Four Patch unit. Each Four Patch unit should measure 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished.
Four Patches can be used in hundreds of different ways and in my Half-Square-Triangle and Four Patch workshop we can work on fifteen of my quilts that use these units. Have your guild schedule a Nickel Quilt workshop!