Before I left town on my current teaching trip I found some time to quilt! This is number two of the ten charity quilts I am making to celebrate ten years of quilting as my full-time profession. I love scrappy quilts and this one is going to be great! I’m calling it Four Square after the children’s playground game I remember playing about fifty years ago! So dig out those stash fabrics, cut some 5″ squares, and join in with me as I make this fun scrappy quilt!
To make one block these are the fabrics you need:
One 5″ square of a dark or medium to use in the four patch
One 5″ square of a dark or medium to be cut into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles
Two rectangles that are 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Three 5″ squares of background fabric
Actually you could use 2 1/2″ strips for all of your dark and medium fabrics in this block but since I’m the “Nickel Quilt Lady” I’m using 5″ squares where I can!
Using a square of the dark or medium and a square of the background fabric make four patches.
You will be making two four patches at a time; use one in this block and use the second one in another block.
Cut rectangles from the remaining square of dark or medium fabric by measuring over 4 1/2″ and trimming away 1/2″. Then in the opposite direction measure over and cut on the 2 1/2″ mark; your two rectangles should measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
Sew these rectangles onto the four patch, always having the dark squares in the four patch in the same orientation.
Set the seams and press towards the rectangles.
Now sew on the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles. Set the seams and press towards the rectangles.
Cut the remaining background squares in half on the diagonal. I first draw a mark (about 1/2″ long) on the center on the back with a pencil; then I cut in the opposite direction. By doing this I have easily marked the center of the long edge of the triangle and this mark can be useful when sewing these triangles on in the next step.
Sew the triangles onto the sides of the pieced square.
Press towards the triangles.
Square this block up to 10″
OK now it’s time to make a bunch of these and play around with the settings!