Don’t worry, Quilt For Lovers brings patterns to all quilters, this scrappy patch from Double Four is an easy quilt pattern. The pattern we are going to learn and a beautiful Quilt With Double Scrap definitely makes good use of the extra fabric scraps that always end up being left over.
Some may recognize the blocks in this quilt. You will have many more blocks to sew on a larger quilt that coordinates with this 25 block version. The finished block size is 20 cm squares for a 40 cm x 40 cm quilt.
Quilting forum members created the same mattress block, but built their blocks in pairs of two. Each block in the pair was sewn with the same two fabrics, one blue and one white, but the fabric positions were reversed to create ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ layouts.
Tip: it is important that you, before starting, read the entire pattern before choosing and cutting fabrics, to understand the process.
Like other quilt blocks, the design of the Double Four Patch becomes obvious when contrasting fabrics are sewn in specific areas. A part of the blocks is sewn with predominantly dark fabrics, with light squares positioned along the diagonal. The remaining blocks are sewn in the reverse layout.
- The “light” and “dark” fabrics in the blocks vary slightly in contrast, you will love the result. If you prefer, use the same lightweight fabric to tie the darker fabrics, feel free!
- Choose a variety of dark fabrics and don’t forget the warm colors (like red, pink and orange versions), they can advance the design to have the same impact – or more – as the dark.
- It is okay to repeat some of the darker fabrics.
Cutting for the 25-Block Scrap Quilt
- You will need 13 light fabric swatches with a usable size of at least 10″ x 11″, or equivalent. Or larger swatches of fewer fabrics.
- You will need 12 dark fabric swatches with a usable size of at least 10″ x 11″, or equivalent. Or larger swatches of fewer fabrics.
From 13 Light Fabrics
Cut enough for one test block before cutting all fabric.
Cut from each light fabric: or all from the same light
- (2) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ light squares
- (2) 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip (allows 1/2″ for squaring up strip set)
From 12 Dark Fabrics
Cut from each dark fabric: okay to repeat a few, but keep it scrappy
- (2) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ dark squares
- (2) 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strips (allows 1/2″ for squaring up strip set)
Sort the Cut Fabrics
Arrange components for light blocks into 13 piles:
- Place (2) like 4-1/2″ squares in each of the 13 piles.
- Add a matching 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ light strip to each pile.
- Add a dark 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip to each pile.
Arrange components for dark blocks into 12 piles:
- Place (2) like 4-1/2″ squares in each of the 12 piles.
- Add a matching 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ dark strip to each pile.
- Add a light 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip to each pile.
Other Materials Needed
Binding: about 185 running inches of doublefold binding to finish at 1/4″
Backing: a panel that measures about 48″ square – piece scraps for best economy
Batting: a piece about the same size as the backing; low loft (thin) cotton batting is a good choice for wallhangings
To create versions, work with the 13 batteries reserved for these blocks.
Instructions for mounting chains. Make sure the quarter-inch seam allowance is accurate before sewing many units.
- Sew a 2-1 / 2 “x 10-1 / 2” strip of light from a group of light blocks longitudinally to the dark strip of the same size in the group.
- Without breaking the lines, feed another light / dark pair (from another group) through the machine. Repeat until all 13 pairs are sewn (this is a chain seam).
- Break the threads and remove from the machine. Cut the lines between the pairs of strips.
- Place the sewn pairs on the sewing machine, remove the dark clothes, keeping them to easily match the light strips with the 4-1 / 2 “light squares in each of the 13 groups.
- Place a hot iron on each (closed) strip to adjust the seam (this helps remove puckering and improves accuracy when the strips are pressed open).
- Turn the dark strip to the right with your fingers and carefully move the tip or the side of the iron to the seam to press the strip into place. Turn the unit over and press from behind. Turn the right side up again and check that the seam is pressed properly.
- Measure the set of strips. Each strip in the set of strips should now measure 2-1 / 4 “wide. If they don’t, press again and check again. If it is still off, practice sewing a 2.5 cm seam allowance.
- Press all the strip sets in the same way.
- Fit one end of a strip set. Starting at the square end, cut (4) 2-1 / 2 “segments from it, top left illustration. The strip length allows the square to be 1/2”. Repeat for all strip sets.
- Sew two equal segments, rotating one so that similar fabrics are positioned diagonally to each other. Press the seam allowance in any direction. Repeat with the remaining two segments (upper middle and right illustrations). The four correction units you just created should measure 4-1 / 2 “x 4-1 / 2”.
- Place the four patch units on the coordinating light stack.
- Repeat to create four patch units for each group.
- Starting with any group, assemble two 4-1 / 2 “light squares and the two four patch units.
- Arrange in two lines, as shown at the bottom left, making sure that the dark squares flow diagonally, as shown.
- Sew the components of each row together. Press the stitching edges towards the large squares. Join the lines. Press the seam allowance in any direction. The quilt block should measure 8-1 / 2 “x 8-1 / 2”. Otherwise, try one of our easy ways to put quilt blocks together.
- Repeat the procedure to assemble all the light (mostly) light quilt blocks of the Double Four Patch.
The (mostly) dark versions of the Double Four Patch quilt blocks are sewn in the same way as their light counterparts.
- Construct strip sets from the dark and light 10-1/2″ strips in each group. Press as for previous blocks and cut four 2-1/2″ segments from each.
- Construct two four patch units from each group of four segments.
- Arrange dark 4-1/2″ squares and four patch units into two rows, as shown above, bottom left. Light squares should flow on the diagonal. Join the components of each row and press seam allowances towards the large squares.
- Join the rows and press seam allowances either direction.
- Construct 12 (mostly) dark Double Four Patch quilt blocks. Each should measure 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.
You should have 13 mostly light and 12 mostly dark Double Four Patch quilt blocks.
- Arrange the quilt blocks into five rows as shown, each row with five blocks. Rows 1, 3 and 5 are the same and begin and end with light versions of the quilt block.
- Examine the row layout from a distance. Are blocks as shown? Do you like the arrangement? If not, shuffle blocks around and examine again. If you wish, choose an entirely different layout for the quilt blocks.
- Sew blocks in each row together. Press new seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions.
- Join the rows, matching all seam intersections. Press the quilt top.
- Mark for quilting if necessary. Our quilt is quilted with very simple diagonal lines.
- Sandwich with batting and backing and baste. Quilt and bind.
A quilt hanging sleeve can be added when the binding is sewn to the quilt or after the quilt is complete.
This version of the Double Four Patch quilt is a bit more balanced, with the light and dark diagonal squares forming the look of complete ‘squares on point’ throughout and at the edges of rows.
Use the same block instructions to make this 48″ square quilt, but sew an extra row at the bottom and add an extra quilt block to the right edge of each row as illustrated.
Make 18 of each block type.
Use the instructions referenced earlier to increase the size of backing, batting and binding.