The four patch quilt block is one of the basic quilt blocks, along with the nine patch quilt block. These are the best blocks for beginners and the good news is there are a ton of variations with just breaking units into different designs and then moving them around to make interesting quilt patterns.
If you need to make a lot of the same four patch quilt blocks, an easier method is to make four patch blocks from strips of fabric. Here is how to do that.
Begin by cutting two strips of fabric the unfinished width of one of the units. These need to be the same width.
Sew your strips together on one long edge.
Press the seam to the darker side.
Cut the sewn strip into blocks that are the same measurement that you cut the original strips. I started with 2-1/2 inch strips, so I cut 2-1/2 inch pieces from the strips. These will make 4-inch finished quilt blocks.
Here is my bundle of pieces ready to be sewn into four patch blocks!
Layer the blocks nesting the center seams, with right sides together and opposite fabrics facing each other.
Align the edges and sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
This is where chain stitching really makes it faster to make a lot of quilt blocks at once. Just keep laying and feeding those blocks into your sewing machine!
Here are my finished blocks all sewn.
Clip the threads between the blocks and press the final seam. Here is the bundle of four patch quilt blocks that I made, ready for my project.
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