Easy Four Patch Quilt Pattern

 

Easy four patch quilt pattern

Easy four patch quilt pattern

This easy four patch quilt pattern forms a grid along both diagonals with different sized squares.  It is made using squares only – not a half square triangle in sight!  The quilt is a good size, at 74″ square but can easily be made bigger or smaller by using different numbers of four patch quilt blocks.

I have used 1/2 yard each of the white and black floral fabrics, 1/2 yard each of the pink script and green border fabric, 1.3/4 yards of the red script and 1.1/4 yards of the pink tulip fabric in the border.  You can buy these fabrics as a kit at 10% discount here.  I am also offering a 12% discount across the whole shop this week (use coupon code XMAS), so in fact your total discount on this kit will be a whopping 22% off the normal fabric price.  Shop here.

Cutting requirements

2.1/2″ squares: one hundred and twenty eight white floral, one hundred and twenty eight red script. These can be strip pieced, so don’t cut them until you have read the full pattern

4.1/2″ squares:  sixty four red script, sixty four pink script, sixty four black floral

For the borders you will need eight 1.1/2″ strips of green fabric cut across the width of fabric and sixteen 2.1/2″ strips of pink tulip fabric cut across the width

Cut the combined strips at 2.1/2" intervals

Cut the combined strips at 2.1/2″ intervals

Make four patch units

Make four patch units

Making the small four patch quilt blocks

These can best be made by strip piecing.  Sew together a red and a white 2.1/2″ strip along the length.  Press and then cut at 2.1/2″ intervals to make strips 2.1/2″ wide and 4.1/2″ long.

Place these in pairs with one of them rotated so that the red squares are diagonally opposite each other

Make sixty four of these small four patch units.

Layout for the small four patch blocks

Layout for the small four patch blocks

Lay the small four patch units out with two red 4.1/2″ squares to make a full size four patch unit.  Sew the small four patch units together to make one 4.1/2″ square.  Sew each one to a red square and then sew the pairs of squares together to complete the first four patch quilt block.  You will need thirty two of these for the easy four patch quilt pattern.

Layout for the second four patch block

Layout for the second four patch block

Making the large four patch quilt blocks

Lay out two pink 4.1/2″ squares and two black 4.1/2″ squares.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs of squares together to complete the block.  You will need thirty two of these.  I have called this the large four patch quilt block, although it is the same size as the first block – it’s just my way of differentiating between them.

You will need thirty two of these blocks for the easy four patch quilt pattern.

Easy four patch quilt pattern layout

Easy four patch quilt pattern layout

Assembling the easy four patch quilt pattern

Lay the quilt blocks out in eight rows of eight.  Begin the first row with a small four patch block and alternate with the large four patch block across the row.

Begin the second row with a large four patch block and alternate with the small four patch blocks across the row.

Continue alternating the blocks down all eight rows.  Take care when you place the blocks to ensure that the small white squares always follow one diagonal while the large black squares always follow the other diagonal.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

First two borders

First two borders

Quilt Borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of pink tulip fabric.  You will need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.

The second border is made using 1.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You will need two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 70.1/2″ for the sides.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally for the third border I returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of pink tulip fabric.  You will need two lengths of 70.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 74.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the easy four patch quilt pattern.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

With the festive season approaching, I have decided to hold a sale. I am offering a 12% discount for the next week on all products in the shop – that covers all sections of the shop.

Use discount coupon XMAS to give yourself a 12% discount all week until 10.00pm on Thursday 6th November 2014.

Here’s the video:

I have had a really productive week:  three quilt tops are now layered and ready for quilting.  Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, and I are going to be very busy this weekend!

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Comments

  1. Hi Rose

    Love love this design the way you have put the pattern together is beautiful one of my must do’s Can not praise it enough

    Lesley

  2. Hello
    Many thanks for the fast reply email have now received and opened this weeks email cheers Rose

  3. Debbie walker says:

    What a lovely quilt you have made Rose I think the colours all compliment each other . Another beautiful quilt . Well done xx

  4. Rose an absolutely beautiful pattern.
    Thank you!
    Have a lovely sewing week-end with Minnie.

  5. I really love this quilt Rose. The fabrics and colours are beautiful, so attractive. I’m definitely going to make this one now as I’ve put my current one on the back boiler as it’s not working out well.
    I think I need to go back to making simpler patchwork before I carry on. This will give me the inspiration I need.
    What type of quilting would you suggest for this easy 4 patch quilt?
    Have a great weekend with Minnie. X

    • Thanks, Caroline. I’ve been thinking about the quilting, and I’m going to go for cross hatch quilting on the diagonals. I hope that will emphasise the diagonal lines of squares. You may find that when you go back to your current project after a break it will look better to you – surprising how often that happens. Minnie’s having a great weekend so far – really productive!

  6. Thanks for the easy pattern. Your choice of print and the colors really set this quilt , very pretty. Another one to add to my to do list. Your instructions are easy to follow, thanks

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose,
    Another great quilt pattern. Finished the baby quilt put prarie points on for the binding. Doesn’t look too bad. Very proud of it. Now which one of your patterns should I choose. This one looks easy and quick to do. Just bought some material today from my quilt shop. They were having a very good sale. Bought what I wanted and saved $100 dollars.
    Have fun with Minnie this weekend. I think I will sew on Sunday, as tomorrow we are going to see a horse show.
    Have a great weekend.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Well done for finishing the baby quilt. You certainly made a good saving at your local quilt shop. Hope you enjoy the horse show.

  8. LOVE this design and not a half square triangle in sight. Yes. Will try this one. Keep them coming. Well done, Rose

  9. Wow! Your quilt is simply gorgeous. I love it.
    I am having a problem with my Safari browser. It all started this week and I can’t view your video. It has something to do with Adobe Flash Player download and updates and I don’t know how to go about fixing things. My grand nephew says he’ll help me after he gets home from trick or treating with his kids.
    I finished the baby quilt. It came out a little crooked but still looks presentable.

    • Hi Claire. Well done for finishing the baby quilt – time to choose another project then! Computers are so frustrating, aren’t they. I had problems with my laptop a while back and I felt like throwing it through a window!

  10. Another beautiful quilt Rose – I love your easy, no fuss instructions – thank you and I hope you have a great weekend:-))

  11. Rose,
    Beautiful work, it looks so complicated, but you make it look easy. The colours are beautiful just my taste, thanks for sharing

    • Thanks, Angela. It’s a lovely range of fabrics – they go together so well – and it really is a simple quilt pattern to make.

  12. Mary Ellen says:

    Lovely quilt and wonderful fabric. I am going to make this! I’d like to add the block to a scrap quilt I’m in the process of making. I would like to know the size of the block when you combine the small 4 patch with the larger blocks. Thank you so much. I enjoy your weekly quilt class. It is informative as well as inspirational.

  13. Lovely colours and pattern. Will hopefully make it one day. Thank you Rose.

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