Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 1

 Work in Progress

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

The last few months have been hard, really hard. Our family has suffered losses (not covid related) which have left us with in deep shock and aching hearts, all made more difficult by a hard lockdown due to the pandemic. Although our lockdown has indeed come at great expense and many sacrifices we have eased out of isolation to find ourselves in an enviable position with currently no active covid cases in our state!

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

During this period I have aimlessly dithered around my cutting table and sewing machine. I have started several quilt projects but failed to complete any - as yet. I've lacked focus and commitment but have allowed myself to take it one day at a time. I knew that eventually the joy of working with fabric would return, even if that means short bursts of activity on some days and none the next. I'll take it. 

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This quilt in progress was again inspired by a vintage quilt. It is a simple four-patch set in a square. It is a perfect scrap buster project as you only need small scraps of fabric for each block, and many of the fabric pieces were indeed pulled from my scrap bin. I set myself a small target of making just 10 blocks a day as a starting point, and pushed myself last weekend to complete all blocks - a total of 324 blocks.

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

QUILT DETAILS
Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt
Quilt top measures 63.5 inches x 63.5 inches.
18 rows of 18 blocks ~
324 blocks in total ~ 2592 patchwork pieces.
Each finished block measures 3.5" x 3.5".

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

BLOCK TUTORIAL

I used step 1 to 4 from my Economy Block Tutorial to make these blocks.

**I have substituted the centre square for a four-patch block by cutting
four 2" squares, sewing the four squares together, then trimming 
the four-patch centre block to measure 3" x 3".**

You'll find the tutorial here:
(Step 1 to 4 only for this block)

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I find the sew and trim-to-size method easier for small patchwork pieces. It is a lot of extra work but it results in accurate patchwork pieces, and as a result the blocks and matching seams come together neatly. Yes, this quilt does have some bulky seams! 

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

It feels good to be back at it, but I make no promises. The only thing for sure is that I have plenty of fabric on hand and all the tools to make many more quilts. There will be more quilts and I will continue to share them here on my blog and on Instagram as and when that happens. I am quietly excited to see what 2021 brings.

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

As always, thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the photos. 

Happy stitching,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS
Economy  Block Tutorial (Step 1 to 4 only for this block)
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13 comments:

  1. Hugs Rita. I hope life is improving each day. This is a great scrappy quilt - maybe one day I’ll start using mine.

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  2. Hugs and more hugs!! Every quilt I have ever seen you post is incredible!!! They have brought me so much inspiration and smiles!! Yes, take each day one at a time and I pray you have peace at this time. Loss is never easy and the world we are in, is at times scary, but we have each other and I know we are being watched over!! He always sees us through!!! Thank you for sharing...please remember you are not alone :)

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  3. Rita, of all of the quilts in the whole world, yours are my favourite. Your ability to curate fabrics is an inspiration to me. I study each of your quilts trying to better understand your talent for what colors and patterns of fabric to use together. I wish one of the major fabric companies would hire you to curate/design fabric collections. Even if your sewing doesn't bring you joy every minute, every new quilt you make is like a gift to the rest of us.

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  4. This is a happy beautiful quilt, it looks so lovely. I always enjoy your quilts, your colors always looks so nice. Happy stitching!

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  5. It's a beautiful quilt. I'm glad you were able to push through the process, and I'm sorry you've had some rough months.

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  6. I have long admired your work and enjoyed reading your blog. One day at a time. Wishing each new day will bring happier times and more sewing for you. Peace.

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  7. It's great to see another stunning quilt from you! You are truly an amazing inspiration! I'm sorry to hear of the hard times you've had. I think a lot of us quilters have had our non-productive days pop up more often lately. Take care.

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  8. Seeing your quilts brings me great joy. How in the world you make the simplest patterns turn out so gorgeous is beyond me. Know that thoughts of you are close to my heart, and I’m sure I speak for many others, as you work through the difficult times you’ve experienced.

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  9. Another beautiful quilt. I hope knowing how much your work inspires the rest of us is a comfort to you. No pressure! I hope you find your groove again. Give it all time

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  10. I love this quilt. You always take a simple block and create beauty. Now I have another scrap buster to add to my table! Please accept my condolences for your loss, sewing has helped me through grief a few times, hang in there ❤

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  11. Your quilts are always so beautiful. I love that you have given me another scrap option to think about. My sewing room has seen me through a few times of grief. Know that we are all thinking of you on this journey. Only you can set the pace you need 💕

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  12. I love to work with small pieces of fabric. It brings my both joy and total focus. When losses are great, i retreat to my small pieces, and my music. This was for us a year of non Covid family loss, and heart wrenching struggle . My thoughts go to you as well, and I'm sending you hugs.

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  13. I’m sorry the past few months have been so hard and that you’ve suffered losses. I just wanted to thank you for your quilts and your website. The beauty and color of your creations are pure tonic to the darkness of this year. I’ve spent many hours combing through your archives being uplifted by each beautiful quilt. I’m in the process of collection low volume fabric to make a herringbone quilt like yours. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the world! You do more good than you know❤️

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