Lesson 1 – Four Patch Block


Fabric needed:

  • 2 x fabric of complementary or contrasting colours (please read through the “Getting Ready” post to refresh on this).
  • Matching thread.
  • Sewing machine.

Block templates and my selection of fabric:

Cutting your fabric:
Step 1:  Cut out your template as shown in the picture below.

Step 2:  Layout your fabric in readiness to cut your template.

I have folded my fabric, as we have to cut 2 pieces of the square templates of each colour.  While laying out your fabric also check the grain of your fabric.  Templates should be cut on the grain of your fabric ensure that your patchwork piece does not get stretched if cut against the grain.

Step 3:  Pin your template in readiness to cut the fabric.

If you don’t have a roller blade or quilt ruler, you can use your scissors and mark your template on the fabric with a washable pencil or pen.

Once cut set out ready to stitch on the mat.

Sewing your block:

Step 1:  Prepare your sewing machine with appropriate thread and fabric.  You will notice that I have taken my blocks to the sewing machine on the mat and also have the picture of my finished block next to it.  This ensures that I don’t make a mistake in sewing the separate block pieces.  My approach to sewing my blocks is that I start stitching the bottom row first and subsequently the second row of fabrics.  In the next picture you will see that I use the quarter inch foot to stitch my blocks.

Step 2:  After joining the blocks, flatten  the blocks by ironing.  I can’t stress enough, the need to iron as you go, as that makes your finished block look very neat and makes your sewing easier.  Make sure you flatten the seams on one side to avoid bulking up your finished block.

Step 3:  Joining the final units together to finish the block.  I use a pin to make sure that I have aligned the seams.

Step 4: After checking that you have aligned the final units sew them up on your sewing machine.

Step 5:  and Voila your four patch block is ready.

Please feel free to ask me any questions.  Once finished why don’t you add your block on the shared photo album so I can see what you have created.

Next Lesson:  How to construct a Pinwheel Block

Note for participants: all the course material produced on for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without the my permission.

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