Tuesday, November 12, 2013

4-Patch Slice Free Quilt Pattern and Tutorial.

4-Patch Slice Free Quilt Pattern and Tutorial:

Click HERE to purchase Quilt Kit for this pattern! 


80 squares cut  5" x  5" OR 2 Charm packs- I used Riley Blake's Andrea Victoria Line
1 1/2 yards white for strips and inner border
1 yard for outer border
1/2 yard binding
3 1/2 yards backing
3 1/2 yards batting
Thread. Lots and lots if you are quilting this yourself. :)

This quilt is made up entirely of the 4-patch slice block. 

As I mentioned about a week ago, I was trying to figure out what to do with these charm squares I got  in the mail a little while ago.  

I was sitting there staring at my design wall and all of a sudden an idea popped into my head!  I remembered seeing a similar idea from here that I thought was really cool.  Plus, I really wanted to try doing a block that used the "slicing" technique.  So this is what I cam up with:

 I'm calling it the 4 patch-slice.

This is a really easy block and can be used to make several different designs!

So let's get started:

Charm squares: Leave as is
White fabric: Cut 10 3" x WOF (width of fabric) You will be able to use 1 strip for 2 blocks.
Border fabric (white) You will need 5 strips cut 3" x WOF
Border fabric (yellow) You will need to cut 6 strips 5.5" x WOF

Step 2:

Sew your four patches together. 
First sew the top two together and then chain piece your bottom two.  Press seams in opposite directions.  

You will now have these two pieces:

Now, sew your two pieces together.  Nestle your seams together! This will ensure your seams line up nicely. 

Press your block. 

Step 3:

Time to slice! 
Cut from one corner to the other in a diagonal line using your ruler and rotary cutter.

You now have two triangle pieces.

Step 4:

Place your white strip right side up and place one of your triangle on your strip like so.  Making sure right sides are together.

Sew a 1/4" seam all the way down.  Now, you are sewing on the bias so be really careful that you aren't stretching your triangle at all.  Just let your sewing machine do the work and you will end up with really great results.  If you are worried about this, then pin your triangle to your strip first and that might help you so you don't stretch your triangle.  Either way, just be careful. :)

Leave about a 2-3" space of white fabric at the top and bottom of your triangle!  This is really
important when you are squaring up your blocks.

Step 5:

Sew your other triangle on.

To ensure that your two triangles line up, make a little finger press like pictured:

Now, place your triangle on your fabric and sew a 1/4" seam all the way down.

Step 6:

Press your block.  I honestly did not have a preference on which ways to press my seams on this specific block.  I just tried to stay consistent with each block.  You can do whatever works for you.  I did not press my seams open.

Step 7:

Squaring up.

This is a really important step!! You need to square up these blocks so that when you go to sew them all together your white strips match up nicely! 

There is no center seam on this block, which is a bummer.  So what I did was folded my block in half and then I folded it again and pressed the corner with my finger.  So I could see where the middle point was.  

I then lined up my middle point on my mat and squared up my block to 10.5" x 10.5"

Now here comes the fun part.  This block is really quite versatile!  You can make a chevron design using this block:

You can make a lattice-like design:

Or you can even do this design:

I'm sure you could dream up a few more designs if you wanted with this block.   I honestly wanted to do this in the chevron design, but I felt like I needed to make it wider to achieve the look I was going for. I only had so many squares to work with and so the chevron wasn't really an option.

Quilt assembly:

This is a picture of how I pinned my blocks together.  I made sure to pin at the seams.

Now your quilt top is done!  Finished quilt size:  Approximately 47" x 58 "

It's time to baste, quilt, and bind your quilt! 

 Talk to you soon,

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Lorna McMahon said...

WOW! This is a great new block and your quilt sure turned out fabulous, Lindsey! Thanks for the tutorial. Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts

Heather said...

Great tutorial. Thanks!

Rosa said...

Awesome quilt.Thanks for the tutorial!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Great tutorial! The lattice layout is my favourite.

ChristaQuilts said...

Another amazing quilt with beautiful photography!

Julie @ The Crafty Quilter said...

Lindsey, this is a beautiful tutorial. I love how easy it is and the different setting options that you showed. Thank you!

Marilyn.quilter said...

Love the quilt . Can't wait to try it. I make a whole lot of quilts for charity and this looks like a simple but stunning one.

mtnquiltr said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I love how it can look so different depending on the setting. I'll certainly be giving this a try!

Pam said...

Love the versatility of making several designs with this block. Great tutorial!! Beautiful Quilt! This is now on my to do list!!

Shannon said...

Very nice quilt and great pattern too!

RobotMomSews said...

Love this!!! And I love how you can make this into so many variations!! I'm going to try this for sure. Thanks for the tute!

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

What a fab finished quilt - gorgeous prints and colours :D

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Great quilt and tutorial Lyndsey!! Thanks for sharing.
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Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting said...

Wow what a great quilt and tutorial! So many different looks with one block. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Lauren Deel said...

Love this! Thanks for taking the time to write up a tutorial. :)

Anonymous said...

Great block~lots of possibilities with a variety of fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, pictures, and detail.

Unknown said...

Looks like a fun quilt to make, thank you :)

Mrs Quinn said...

Love this. Seems very simple but looks very complex. Thank you for the tutorial

Flower girl said...

So simple, but what a great effect!

Sue Niven said...

I am a new quilter, so thank you for this wonderful versatile block, Just yummy!

Katie said...

Great pattern and tutorial. I have added this to my to-do list! thank you!

Pauline said...

Wonderful tutorial! Have you submitted it to the Moda Bake Shop?

mom2pekes2 said...

I am looking for a pattern to use for my first quilt. Think I found it with your four patch slice pattern! Just stunning! The quilt will be for my great-granddaughter in pink, yellow, with some turquoise and white strips as you have used. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

Beth said...

If I'm not mistaken, that third setting option is called "Barn Raising". Really clever and fun!

Anonymous said...

Love this quilt . Can you give me the finished size ?New to quilting .Thank You Margaret

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful block and a great tutorial Lindsey!! Thanks!

Tea Roberson said...

Very Cute. Another way to use charm square. This quilt is very inviting :-)

Unknown said...

I used this pattern and loved it! I got so many compliments on it, very beautiful!

Bonita (quilter) said...

Wonderful. Can't wait to try it.