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.
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!
- Learn how to create rows of 4-patch blocks and squares. The different sizes of the 4-patch blocks nest together!
- 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?)
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.
. . .but arrange four of the same blocks together—presto, a Spinning 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!
Watch Change-Up Patchwork on Sewing With Nancy online.
Book Features Nine Great Quilts
Thanks for leaving comments regarding the last two week’s blogs titled, Cabin Fever Quilts, Amazingly Easy Quilt Designs. and Cabin Fever Quilts—20 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!
Bye for now,
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