Easy Pair of 4-Patch Quilts
4-Patch Baby Quilt Pattern Tutorial
A basic four patch quilt block is super simple, which is why they are very popular patchwork quilt blocks. They go together easily and quickly. In their simplest form, they are just four squares sewn together into a larger square. The design often comes from the fabric selection and placement. Some 4-patch variations can be very intricate with lots of little pieces making up each section. That’s not what this is! This pair of companion quilts is a straightforward block that uses fabric to create the quilt design.
Download the Free Printable Asymmetrical 4-Patch Block Tutorial
One very easy way to make a 4-patch is with precuts, which saves lots of time cutting. My favorite precut is a fat quarter because they can be cut into multiple size precuts which makes them very versatile. Plus using lots of fat quarters gives your quilt top visual interest with more fabrics mixed together.
Scrappy 4-Patch Block Using Fat Quarters
Learn how to make an adorable pair of fat quarter companion quilts with these tutorials. The first is a super simple baby quilt made with an asymmetrical 4-patch block that creates a beautiful quilt design. The blocks are made four at a time with four different 10-inch fabric squares. These are easy beginner quilts with lots of straight sewing, which also means they finish fast!
For these easy 4-patch quilts, use your favorite layer cake fabrics or cut your 10-inch squares from fat quarters. This adorable baby quilt will inspire you to use all your stash fabrics. Make as many blocks as you need for any size quilt you want!
You can download the Free Printable Asymmetrical 4-Patch Block Tutorial as a reference to see how these blocks go together.
Asymmetrical 4-Patch Baby Quilt
An Easy Scrappy 4-Patch Block Using Fat Quarters.
As with most basic patchwork quilt blocks there are often different ways to make them. This asymmetrical 4-patch quilt block is all about keeping it simple!
Baby Quilt Pattern Fabric Selection
For this easy quilt pattern, you’ll need 24 different 10-inch fabric squares for a baby quilt measuring 36″ x 48″. If you want a larger quilt, keep adding more blocks until the size is right. This easy baby quilt tutorial is perfect for beginners. You will be finishing an adorable 4-patch quilt today. Even better is that it’s a sweet little quilt everyone will love!
Remember that a bit of contrast in your fabric selection will set your quilt apart from the rest, as it creates a pleasing design to look at.
Cutting 4-Patch Blocks from 10-inch Squares
Layer four coordinating 10-inch fabric square in an even pile.
Begin by making a vertical cut from top to bottom. Then a second cut from side to side. You may choose to cut your fabric squares evenly or follow this asymmetrical pattern.
By cutting your fabric squares off center, a more interesting asymmetrical block design will develop. Some fabrics will be more prominent while the smaller pieces will recede into the background.
Once both cuts are made, change the order of the fabrics in each cut section. Then turn one pair to the opposite direction. Now you can simply pull your block pieces from the top of each pile to sew.
Begin by sewing two side pieces together with a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for the other side. Then sew both pieces together to form a single block. Repeat for the other three blocks in the pile. Then sew each pair together from side to side, being sure to nest your seams to get a good matching seam in the center.
Assembling Your Asymmetrical 4-Patch Baby Quilt
Arrange your blocks together into a larger 4-patch as indicated in the image above. There is no right or wrong layout pattern, simply choose what you like the best. Then sew all your large 4-patch blocks into a quilt top with two large 4-patches across the top and three from top to bottom.
All that’s left to do is quilt your new quilt top and add a beautiful binding!
There’s More! Don’t Miss the Companion Charm Square Lap Quilt
This 4-Patch Lap Quilt Takes a Different Turn
The second quilt in this fun 4-patch companion set is a lap quilt with a different look. Lots of straight sewing also makes this quilt a fast finish but it’s the cutting that sets this quilt apart. Instead of cutting straight lines from side to side, slant your ruler a bit to create an angled cut from one side to the other. Then again in the other direction. The results are an incredibly beautiful quilt that looks so much more difficult than it really is. Be sure to watch the video for all the details!
This layout also shows off the beautiful assortment of batik prints and adds a bit more pizazz with angular cuts. Changing things up a bit can add so much more interest to any quilt pattern. Be sure to give it a try!