Wristwatch Quilt - Four Patch Block (Part 3 of 6)

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Posted by Shari on May 18th, 2014


Quilt Block Tutorial:  Four Patch Block

Four Patch Block Tutorial


If you are following along and making the "Wristwatch" quilt; here are your cutting instructions for the four patch blocks in this quilt.  If not...this is just a tutorial you can use to add to your quilty skills tool box.

Cutting Instructions:

Green fabric- cut (3) 5 1/2" x width-of-fabric (WOF) strips

Blue fabric- cut (3) 5 1/2" x width-of-fabric (WOF) strips


Four Patch Block Tutorial


The technique I am going to show you uses a strip piecing method.  This makes them extra speedy.

For the four patch block two fabrics are used and should have some contrast so that they pop against each other.  You will start with WOF strips that are 5 1/2".


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Sew two of the 5 1/2" WOF strips together to form a strip set.  Press toward the darker of the two.  Then subcut 5 1/2" sections; you can get 7 out of each strip set and you will need a total of 16.


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Two of your cut sections will form the four patch block.  Flip one so that the colors are opposing each other.  You will need 8 pairs.


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Put these right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam.  Your seams should "nest" against each other.  This will give you a perfect center to your block!


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Press open, this is what the back should look like.

When seam line up like this it can make the center area of your block kind of thick and form a bump.  Now I am going to show you an extra little tip to keep the center of this block nice and flat!


Four Patch Block Tutorial


On the back of the block...take notice of the last couple of stitches past where you sewed your last seam.


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Using your seam ripper, up-pick the last two or three stitches past the seam line.  Notice all of these seams are going in a counter clockwise direction except the bottom one.


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Now that we have removed those last couple of stitches, we can push that bottom seam so that it is going in the same direction as the rest.  This will reveal a little mini four patch in the center seams.


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Using your finger tip...really smush that center!


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Then give it a press with your iron to set everything in place!  Isn't that little mini four patch just as cute as a button?  This evenly distributes the bulk of your seams and your center is flat and smooth, this also makes it easier to quilt!


Four Patch Block Tutorial


Perfect!  This is a great block for beginners, so easy and quick.  You will need 8 Four Patch blocks for the "Wristwatch" quilt and they should finish at 10 1/2" square.

Now, go get four patch crazy!

Keep it Sassy!



"Wristwatch" Quilt was designed and created for Bear Creek Quilting Company by Paula of The Sassy Quilter 

Fabric used in this tutorial is from Home and Heart  by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics and Shadow Play  by Maywood Studios.

Do you love free fabric?  Do you love to teach?  Want to be a contributor on our blog?  Send us an email at web@bearcreekquiltingcompany.com to get started!


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  • 1. Posted by Paula@TheSassyQuilter on June 1st, 2014 at 5:39 p.m.
    Margaret, If you sew the two 5.5" segments together they should finish at 10.5" because you lose .5" in the seam. You keep the 10.5" height of the strip set....Hope that helps! email me at thesassyquilter@gmail.com if you have any other questions at all:)
  • 2. Posted by Margaret Sherwood on May 25th, 2014 at 4:47 a.m.
    blame it on my age!!! I am now sorted!!
  • 3. Posted by Margaret Sherwood on May 25th, 2014 at 4:36 a.m.
    Help not sure where I am going wrong but when I sew my 2 long strips together they are 10.5" wide, so if I now cut into 5.5" strips they are not square but rectangular so do not know how to proceed