Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quick Four Patch Tutorial + Vintage Keepsakes Fabric

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Well hello there!  How is your January going?  Have you started any new, fun projects yet this year?  I've been catching up on some Splendid Sampler blocks, and I finished up this Framed Four Patch quilt this week. 


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

I've really enjoyed sewing with these pretty Vintage Keepsakes prints (designed by Beverly McCullough for Riley Blake Designs)-- they're just so sweet!  I've been kind of in a glum mood lately and this aqua/red/pink color combo has really brought some life back into my much-neglected sewing room.

You can see more of the Vintage Keepsakes prints & projects here on Bev's blog. Don't you just love that gray doily print by the way?  This fabric line should be in your local stores now, or you can find it online here at the Fat Quarter Shop.



Vintage Keepsakes fabric found on A Bright Corner

My Framed Four Patch quilt is filled with four patch blocks (obviously *wink wink*).  The four-patch block is one of my go-to favorites!  I have a speedy way to make four patches and by using this method I can crank out a whole stack of blocks in no time - and it makes this quilt SO fast to finish!  


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

I'll show you how I do it!  First you'll need two strips of fabric that are the same size (for example, 3.5" x width of fabric)



Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the two strips together along one long edge.  Press the seam open.  Lay the strip set on your cutting table and then cut into segments that are the same width as your original strips.  (So if you're starting with 3.5" wide strips, then cut the segments 3.5" wide.)



Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner


Here's a tip - before I start sewing strip sets together, I like to pair up my strips to I know I'll be getting a good variety of color pairings!


Vintage Keepsakes fabric found on A Bright Corner

Next you'll take two segments (from two different strip sets) and sew them together, matching the center seam.  


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Press the seam to one side.


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

And there you go... one super-quick four patch block!


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

In just a short time you can whip up enough four patch blocks for a whole quilt 


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

There's a full, downloadable PDF pattern available for this Framed Four Patch quilt.  Sign up for the A Bright Corner newsletter here to get access to the PDF download- don't miss out!

Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner



The final Framed Four Patch quilt measures 54" x 69" and is backed in a cozy, gray polka dot flannel.  The quilting design is called Soho and it's one of my favorites.  It looks good on just about everything!


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Be sure to add the image below to your quilting Pinterest board so you can find it later when you need it!  And if you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, you can do that here.


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Happy sewing everyone!
--Andy


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12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Andy! I'm so in love with your quilt!!!
    Thank you so much!

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  2. I cant wait for the pattern! Love it!

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  3. Thanks--what a simple beautiful quilt. Simple is good!

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  4. Your quilt makes me smile; it's a "happy, feel-good" quilt@

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  5. I’m new around here and I’m wondering when your newsletters usually go out? I think I’m going to use this pattern for my next baby’s quilt (due in July) and I’m wanting to get started. Glad I found your site. You have such cute quilts!

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  6. Hi Andy! Just wondering when the newsletter with the beautiful 4 patch quilt will be going out?

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  7. I cannot find the pattern! I have signed up for the newsletter but I know this was in an old newsletter. How can I locate a past newsletter to find the pattern?

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    1. Hi Anna Marie and Kaye - sorry to hear you missed out on the pattern! If you send me an email at abrightcorner@gmail.com I'd be happy to get that sent out to you!

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  8. Did you use fat quarters or from the bolt?

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