How to make a 4-patch quilt block, Nancy Zieman, Change up Patchwork.

Start with the basics, then make a few simple modifications, to change what was traditional into modern! A 4-patch block—a simple,  yet elegant patchwork design—has such potential!  Presto, you’re a quilt designer, creating one-of-a-kind designs. Welcome to Sewing With Nancy’s first episode of the three-part series, Change-Up Patchwork.

A 3-color 4-patch serves as the basis for this blog and corresponding TV show.

Easy 4-patch quilts by Nancy Zieman, Change-up Patchwork

Can-Do 4-Patch Quilt

Begin your change-up patchwork journey with a traditional 4-patch. Mix up the line-up using three different sizes of 4-patches for 4″, 8″, and 16″ finished quilt blocks. The various sizes of 4-patch blocks are cleverly combined with solid blocks to create a modern small-to-large block theme. It’s a can-do quilt!

How to make a 4-patch quilt block, Nancy Zieman, Change up Patchwork.

  • Learn how to create rows of 4-patch blocks and squares. The different sizes of the 4-patch blocks nest together!

How to make a 4-patch quilt block by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Lay out the quilt rows and watch the Can-Do 4-Patch Quilt take shape. (We laid out the rows on our studio floor. Can you spot some of our “spike” marks that we use for lighting?)

How to make a 4-patch quilt block by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

Spinning 4-Patch

The beauty of this quilt is its simplicity! Tweak the sizes of the 4-patch strips and the patchwork design gives the illusion of movement when four blocks are combined. Use bold, bright batik fabrics or your fabric print/solid combination. Remember, you’re the quilt designer.

How to make a 4-patch quilt block, Nancy Zieman, Change up Patchwork.

The TV show and book detail how to change the sizes of the strips. Featured is a 4-patch design, an uneven 4-patch. The block by itself doesn’t look like much

How to make a 4-patch quilt block by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

 . . .but arrange four of the same blocks together—presto, a Spinning 4-Patch!

How to make a 4-patch quilt block by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With NancyHigh-Low 4-Patch

A block that is usually symmetrical takes on a totally different feel when what was balanced becomes uneven. Don’t change the sewing steps, only the strip sizes. Can you see the strata sections? Watch the show online and you’ll get all the details!

How to make a 4-patch quilt block by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With NancyIt’s an ideal block for a table runner.

How to make a 4-patch quilt block, Nancy Zieman, Change up Patchwork.

Book Features Nine Great Quilts

Find these easy 4-patch quilts, and six additional quilts, in the new Change-Up Patchwork Book and DVD or in the Change-Up Patchwork Starter Set.

How to Sew Easy Four-Patch Quits by Nancy Zieman on the TV Show Sewing With Nancy TV Show

Watch Change-Up Patchwork on Sewing With Nancy online.

Change- Up Patchwork, part one, Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy


Nancy’s Notions is giving away one copy of the book, Change-Up Patchwork. Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway, telling us which of these designs you’d like to make.

How to Sew Easy Four-Patch Quits by Nancy Zieman on the TV Show Sewing With Nancy TV Show

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway WinnerCongratulations to S. Carter, the randomly selected winner of a copy of Cabin Fever Quilts DVD from Nancy’s Notions.

Her comment was, “Wow! those contemporary quilts really are great. I have been making traditional quilts, but I would like to try these out.”

Cabin Fever Quilts by Natalia Bonner on Sewing With Nancy \ Nancy Zieman

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