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



A 4-patch block—a simple,  yet elegant patchwork design—has such potential! Start with the basics, then make a few simple modifications, to change what was traditional into modern! Presto,  you’re a quilt designer, creating one-of-a-kind designs. Welcome to Sewing With Nancy’s first episode of the 3-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.



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 Nancy



High-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 Nancy



It’s an ideal block for a table runner.


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



Watch Change-Up Patchwork on Sewing With Nancy online.

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



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




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



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

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

Thanks for leaving comments regarding the last two week’s blogs titled, Cabin Fever Quilts, Amazingly Easy Quilt Designs. and Cabin Fever Quilts20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. The random winner of the book, Cabin Fever Quilts is Susan K. She shared: I like the stretched log cabin block as something unusual and with a modern twist. I also like the downtown cabins quilt for its bold look—I could see it in almost any fabric style from traditional, to batik, to modern. Lovely quilts!


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