Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 03

    Make Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks in Two Colorways

    Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks
    Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    About the Four Patch Quilt Blocks


    Follow the instructions in the Dual Double Four Patch quilt block pattern to make two blocks that each finish at 8-inches square.


    If you use the same colors as my examples, one quilt block will be white with a blue pathway of squares along its diagonal and the other will be the reverse -- blue with white diagonal squares.


    Choose Fabrics for the Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks


    • Choose a tone-on-tone blue fabric or a print that reads as (looks like) blue from a...MORE distance.
    • Your second fabric should be a white-on-white print.
    • Fat quarters work perfectly for this four patch quilt block, and you'll have leftover fabric for more quilt block pairs or another project.
    • Feel free to change the colors in any way you like. The only important guideline is to select fabrics that contrast with each other so that the pathways are visible.
    • Take a look at a scrap quilt made from the same quilt block pattern.

    Cutting Instructions for Two Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks


    1. Cut one 2-1/2" x 22" strip of blue fabric (provides a bit of extra length to allow squaring-up).
    2. Cut one 2-1/2" x 22" strip of white-on-white fabric.
    3. Cut two 4-1/2" blue squares. Cut two 4-1/2" white squares.

    Beginning quilters -- learn how to cut long strips of fabric and then cut patchwork shapes before you begin.


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  • 02 of 03

    Begin Sewing the Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks

    Double Four Patch Quilt Block Pattern
    Double Four Patch Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Make a Strip Set for the Quilt Blocks


    1. Use a 1/4" seam allowance to sew the 22" white and blue fabric strips together lengthwise.
    2. Press to set the seam and then carefully press the seam allowance towards the blue strip.
    3. Square up one end of the strip-set you just made, and then cut eight 2-1/2" wide segments from it. Check periodically to make sure the leading edge is still at a 90-degree angle to the bottom of the strip set. If it isn't, square up the edge again before cutting more segments.

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  • 03 of 03

    Finish Sewing the Quilt Blocks

    Double Four Patch Quilt Pattern
    Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Make the Small Four-Patch Units from Segments


    1. Arrange the 2-1/2" segments cut from the blue and white strip set into four pairs, as shown above, flip-flopping one segment in each pair so that matching colors run along the diagonal.
    2. Sew each pair together to make 4 four-patch units. The slight loft you created on the front of the block when you pressed the seam allowance towards the blue strip will help you butt the segments together at their midpoints for a perfect fit.
    3. Press the new seam...MORE allowances in either direction or fan out the seams to reduce bulk.

    Finish Sewing the Dual Double Four-Patch Blocks


    1. Arrange each 4-1/2" white-on-white square with a four-patch unit as shown to create two rows for the first block; the blue pathway should be on the diagonal.
    2. Sew the components of each row together and press seam allowances towards the large white squares.
    3. Sew the rows together, matching center seams and block edges.
    4. Arrange two 4-1/2" blue squares with the remaining four-patch units; the white pathway should be on the diagonal. Sew together as you did the first block.
    5. Each unfinished double four-patch block should measure 8-1/2" square.