Framed Four-Patch Quilt BlocksThe Framed Four-Patch quilt block is exactly what its name implies, a four-patch unit surrounded by framing strips. The illustration above shows a block made with frames that are the same width as the strips used in the four-patch interior, but you'll see other, similar quilt blocks where the outer frames are narrower or wider -- or where two frames are used per block instead of one.
You can use your 2-1/2" swapped noodles to make the 8-inch finished block. Increase block size to 12-inches square by adding a second 2-1/2" wide frame around the first.
Use any color scheme you like for these blocks. Bold colors and whimsical prints are perfect for baby quilts and quilts for kids, but you could go with subtle florals that blend into each other somewhat, or with reproduction prints from any time period. Repros from the 1930's would be super colorful.
We'll strip piece the center four-patch units, and save a portion of our long strips to use as frames. Use shorter strips for four-patch strip sets if you would like a scrappier set of blocks.
I've included individual patch sizes for anyone who would like to make just one quilt block.
Cutting Chart for Ten 8-inch Finished Quilt BlocksFour Patch Centers
Sixteen strips, 2-1/2" x 13" each
Quilt Block Frames
Ten strips, 2-1/2" x 27" each. Can be strips leftover after cutting 13" long strips from long selvage to selvage strips unless you do not want to repeat four-patch fabrics in the frames.
From each strip, cut two 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles and two 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" bars.
Individual Pieces for One Quilt Block
- Four 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
- Two 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
- Two 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" bars