Friday, August 14, 2015

Double Four Patch Quilt and Pattern

Last week was one busy week, to start and finish a custom quilt that I nearly forgot that was due at the end of August.  Back in February, my husbands co-worker asked if I would make a pink double sized quilt for her husbands Aunt who is turning 95 at the end of August. They wanted a simple design since she could not see that well anymore. So I designed a Double 4 Patch quilt made out of Moda Marble Fabrics to help keep her costs down.  

The Moda Marbles I choose was Pink Sherbert and Baby Pink.  They colors blended so well together, I was pleased.  

The Double Four Patch is a easy quilt block for the beginner quilter. It consists of two four patch blocks and two solid square blocks.  You can get the Pattern for this quilt HERE.

 Start by 15-2 1/2" x WOF strips of each color.  
From those strips take one of each color and lay them so the right sides facing together. and sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Make 15 Strip Sets.
 Sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Pressing the seams open toward the dark fabric.
On a cutting mat and ruler you will cut subcut the strip sets into 2 1/2" segments.  The ruler I'm using is the Bloc Loc Strip Set Ruler. It has channel locks that will lock to the seam and makes seams and fabric straight to get a nice straight accurate cut.
 You will need 252 for this size quilt.
 Take 2 segments and lay them down with right sides facing together and so the colors are opposite of each other.  Sew them together and when they open up they should look the picture above.  Press seam to one side. Make 126-4 1/2" squares.

 Out of the Darker fabric cut 16 strips 4 1/2" x WOF, then subcut them into 126, 4 1/2" squares.

Assemble the block as shown above, with the 4-patch block light colors going all in the same direction.  Press seam to one side. Block should measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".
 Take 2 blocks and lay them out so the look like the photo above.  Start with sewing just the top row together.  Make 31.


Then assemble the block so they look this above big block above. Make 12 that measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2".

 Assemble all the blocks together.  Refer to the Pattern for more instruction on this assembly processes.
Once you have all the blocks sewn together you just need to add borders.  For this quilts I added 3 borders. Border 1- 2 1/2" (Dark fabric), Border 2- 4 1/2" (Light fabric), Border 3- 6 1/2" (Dark fabric).

I finished this quilt with Quilters Dream Select batting and a pantograph called Garden Frills by Bean Girl Quilts.

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