A few weeks ago I decided, on a whim. to sew together some 2.5″ squares, with the only criteria being “brighter is better”. I didn’t have a plan but that didn’t stop me. The 2.5″ squares soon became two-patches and then four-patch blocks were created. I just love sewing four-patches together. It’s easy, calming and best of all they go together so fast.
I just kept making these four-patches until a pile accumulated. Finally I realized that I needed to find a pattern they work with or I’d have a random pile of four-patches to deal with later. When inspiration didn’t appear out of thin air I decided to started searching the web for ideas. I knew I wanted something fairly straightforward, preferably crib or lap sized and different to what I had made before. Other then that I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.
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I decided that I could use the four-patches that I’d made where Sarah’s quilt used the charm squares. I knew I’d need some math to adjust the size of the strips between the strips to take into account the difference between the size of the four-patches and the charm squares. I also knew I might need to add another “round” to the quilt to make it a good width for a baby quilt. It all seemed quite doable.
It didn’t start off too well. I wasn’t thrilled with how the quilt looked as I started the project. It didn’t look scrappy enough or it was too scrappy – I couldn’t decide. Also, I wasn’t happy with my implementation of random and I questioned if the black polka dot material I had selected in place of the white strips was too busy. The only thing working well at the beginning was my math.
However, I kept going and I started liking it more. The black polka dotted fabric looked much better once I added the next row(s) and the randomness of the four-patches was worked better the more I sewed.
Here is the completed quilt top
I’m really happy with how this turned out and I’m glad I decided to adapt Sarah’s charm pack quilt to work with my four-patches. I’m also glad I kept sewing after early doubt about my choice of fabric. I’m calling this my Around the Block quilt.
I haven’t decided on the quilting or the backing yet but I’ve decided that I’ll bind it with the black polka dotted material that I used for the strips. Now to start searching the stash for a backing. it would be nice if I didn’t have to buy one.
And of course I’ve got a small pile of four-patches left.