Thursday, February 12, 2015

Four Patches for a Small Quilt

I've been playing with fabric scraps and making some four-patch blocks for the past week. The more I play, the more inspired I get. The four-patch block thing started with the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. They’re doing a sew along for some pretty quilts that use four-patch blocks in this issue (April).




I may not have time to make a really large quilt like some of those in the magazine, but I was able to whip up some four patches and make something of my own design. Something small and cute for Valentine's Day.


I always Think Pink this time of year, probably a carryover from decorating the house with hearts and  making valentines with my kids when they were young.  It was always a very exciting time for my school-age children as I recall.  The possibility of "secret" valentines, candy, parties, etc.

So, after becoming inspired to make four patches I went looking through my scraps and picked out some pretty left over pink and red pieces. Then  some shirtings. Some squares were already sewn into four patches, can you imagine? My project was already started for me!






The four patches wanted to be made into a little strippy quilt. I had a hard time deciding what thread to use for the quilting.


Finally went with cream colored thread. It's looking good and I got some quilting done on it the other day. With a little luck, I'll be able to finish it before Valentine's Day. Thanks, APQ,  for helping to inspire me to make my little quilt.

 Why not try making something with little four patches yourself this weekend? Pick up the magazine for more four patch inspiration. Just Go Four It.





24 comments:

Mad about Craft said...

That's so pretty!

Gayle said...

I just blogged about a strippy quilt I made that is so similar to yours - except I used 9-patches instead of 4-patches. You'll have to come see - this one is so sweet!

Julierose said...

Adorable four patches in that setting--I really like the triangles blue/white pattern--hugs, Julierose

Robin said...

What a pretty little quilt. I love the strips in between the rows. It just couldn't get an cuter.

The Civil War Quilter said...

What a charming little quilt! I've been wanting to make a Valentine's quilt and now you've inspired me!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Simply adorable. I have been inspired by you to make a small 4 patch quilt. Thanks!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Simply adorable. I have been inspired by you to make a small 4 patch quilt. Thanks!

Scrappy quilter said...

That is simply adorable. Love how it's turned out.

Ann in PA said...

You little quilt is so pretty in pinks and delicate printed fabrics. The floral strips between the 4 patches are perfect. Happy Valentine's Day! : )

Leeanne said...

So pretty and I love the heart handled scissors!

Anonymous said...

So sweet...just like you!
Sue McQ

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Gosh, it's so pretty! I love your colour combo, Linda

Karen said...

I just love your little Valentine Quilt. It's so sweet and feminine.

Filomena Crochet said...

magnífico trabalho. Parabéns e obrigada por nos mostrar. abraços de Maria Filomena

Jennifer M said...

Kathy it is darling and Oh So Sweet! Beautiful job as always:))
Happy Valentine's Day

Susan Smith said...

I love it! So simple and sweet and perfect for Valentine's Day.

quiltgrannie said...

Kathy, your little quilt is so sweet!! I love working with four patches and yours are so pretty!!

moosecraft said...

Gorgeous! Those strips of floral fabric really compliments the four patches perfectly! Love it!

Judy said...

Great motivational post! Sometimes you just don't feel like making a large quilt, but you want to be creative. I really like your little quilt, especially the floral fabric that you chose. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Adorable!

cityquilter grace said...

sooo cute....amazing what can be done in a short amt of time and with the right stash!

sandi s said...

It's so pretty! Hugs,

Yvonne said...

Cute little quilt!

Bizarre Quilter said...

oh yes. very cute

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