After making the double four patch baby quilt last week, I thought I’d put together a really quick block and baby quilt tutorial for anyone who might be interested.
My quick sketch (above) was what I used to make my version, and I’m writing this tutorial to work with 2 1/2″ squares and a single background yardage.
Double Four Patch Block Tutorial
- (2) 4 1/2″ squares
- (4) 2 1/2″ squares
- (4) 2 1/2″ squares
Arrange the (4) Background 2 1/2″ squares and (4) Scrap 2 1/2″ squares to make two four patch blocks, making sure to alternate the position of the scrap square and background square in each row as illustrated above. Sew the squares into rows (each row should measure 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) and press the seams toward the background squares. Nesting seams, sew the rows together and press the seam open. When finished, you will have (2) 4 1/2″ square four patch blocks.
Arrange the (2) 4 1/2″ square four patch blocks and (2) background 4 1/2″ squares, making sure to alternate the position of the four patch block and background square in each row as illustrated above. Sew the squares into rows (each row should measure 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) and press the seams toward the background squares. Nesting seams, sew the rows together and press the seam open. When finished, the double four patch block should measure 8 1/2″ square.
Baby Double Four Patch Quilt Tutorial
Background Fabric – 1 yard
- Cut (4) 4 1/2″ x WOF strips
- Subcut (32) 4 1/2″ squares
- Cut (4) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips
- Subcut (64) 2 1/2″ squares
Prints – Scraps or 3/4 yard
- Scraps: Cut (64) 2 1/2″ squares
- Yardage: Cut (4) 2 1/2″ x WOF squares
Backing Fabric – 1 1/8 yards
Binding Fabric – 3/8 yard
Follow the Double Four Patch Block instructions above to make (16) 8 1/2″ square Double Four Patch blocks.
Arrange the (16) blocks into 4 rows of 4 blocks. Sew the blocks into rows, pressing seams open or in alternating directions. Each row should measure 32 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
Sew the rows together, pressing seams open. The baby Double Four Patch quilt should measure 32 1/2″ square.
Trim the backing fabric to 40″ x 40″ square.
Layer backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top. Baste the layers together using your preferred method. Quilt as desired. I quilted my baby quilt by stitching in the ditch around the print squares and then free motion quilting a stipple in the background.
From your binding fabric, cut (4) 2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ x WOF strips and join the strips together using your preferred joining technique to create a double folded binding roll. Trim quilt square and bind using your favorite binding technique.
Let me know if you use this tutorial! Share using #QJDoubleFourPatchBlock or #QJDoubleFourPatchQuilt on social media or in the Quilting Jetgirl Facebook group or send me an email with a photo of your block or quilt.
Well, once I got started writing this tutorial, I couldn’t stop thinking about the versatility of this block. A Double Four Patch quilt makes the perfect leader and ender project, and might be perfect for using up your scraps (a twin size uses (432) 2 1/2″ squares)! So today, I’m releasing a Double Four Patch quilt pattern that is perfect for the confident beginner, has easy to print individual pages for the quilt size you are interested in making, and has all of the yardage and cutting information you need to make one of seven quilt sizes (mini, baby, small throw, large throw, twin, queen, and king)! The pattern will be on sale for $9 through Sunday, January 29th.
Linking up with Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd.