Assemble the Four Patch Variation Quilt Blocks
The quilt block's top and bottom rows are strip pieced. We'll assemble the middle row piece by piece, so that the center square can be easily fussy cut to display a specific portion of the fabric. Use your rotary ruler to center the image you choose within each square, or construct a window template to preview and mark fabric.
A couple of people have written to ask if this quilt block is truly a four patch, and wondering if it is perhaps a nine patch because there are, well, nine patches. It is indeed a four patch design. Look at the block's bone structure along one side and you'll see two equally sized square corners with a bar between them. The bar's width is the same as the squares and its length is double the size of the squares.
A four patch block starts with four equal squares, but the components can be divided, as they are in this block. It's easier to illustrate than explain, so take a look at Quilt Block Structure if you aren't sure how to analyze a block.
- Cut a 3-1/2" wide light neutral strip from selvage to selvage. Cut another strip that measures 3-1/2" x 35" (allows some excess).
- Cut (2) 2" wide darker neutral strips from selvage to selvage. Cut two more that measure 2" x 35".
- Sew a full selvage width darker strip lengthwise to each side of the same length light strip as shown, top left. Press seam allowances towards the darker strips.
- Square up one end of the strip set and cut as many 2" wide segments from it as possible.
- Make a strip set from the shorter strips and cut 2" segments until you have a total of 36.
- Cut a 3-1/2" wide light neutral strip from selvage to selvage. Cut another strip that measures 3-1/2" x 35".
- Square up one end of each strip and cut (36) 2" wide bars.
- Cut (18) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares (if not fussy cut, can be cut from 3-1/2" wide strips of fabric).
- Arrange components into three rows as shown.
- Sew units in middle row together. Press seam allowances towards the center square.
- Sew all three rows together, butting seams for a good match. Press. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
- Make a total of 18 quilt blocks.