Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Charming 4-Patch

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday.  My studio is coming together and I hope we're back on track again.   I'm loving having all my sewing, quilting, and supplies under one roof and in the same room.  Of course, there's never enough room... or at least I've never experienced it yet... but I'm being creative with the space I have.

This week on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Charming 4-Patches.  If you're anything like me, you probably have lots of packages of charm packs.  There are so many things you can do with a charm square (which is merely a 5" square) whether you take it from a charm pack or cut it yourself.   Once you "do something with it", the possibilities are endless.  You can make 4 patch units, half square triangle units, hourglass units, flying geese units... but today we're doing 4-patch units.

Take two 5" charm squares and place them right sides together.  Stitch down two opposite sides of the square.

Cut the square in half down the middle parallel to the stitched line (should be 2 1/2") .  Press each unit to the dark side.

Place the two right sides together with opposite rectangles on top of each other.  In the photo below I have flipped it back so you can see the opposites are together.

Now stitch down the pieced sides

And cut apart parallel to the stitched line down the middle (which should be 2 1/2").

Open and press.  Ta Da!  You now have two 4-patch units.

Quick and super easy!  What quilt block will you design from your 4-patch units?  

New week on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday we'll tackle a different unit from charm squares.  


1 comment

  1. What a clever way to make a four patch!!! Thank you for sharing this new-to-me tip!!!


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