Four Patch in a Square Tutorial


Here's the current rabbit trail I've been traveling down.  I don't know if there's an official name for this block, but obviously it should be called Four Patch in a Square:)

I originally made the nine blocks you see in the upper left corner of the collage above.  I loved them so much I knew I'd have to make a whole quilt, even though they're small.  Each block measure 4 3/4", so when it's sewn into the quilt, each block will only be 4 1/4".  This means a lot of blocks needed to make a quilt!

That's why I stopped at a baby size, thinking that would do... but now I've decided to go larger.  The blocks may be small, but I think it will be worth it because these blocks are just. so. cute.

And they're not hard to make!  Very simple actually.  I've included a basic tutorial below, with instructions to make one block.  I usually make these blocks in batches of a dozen.  So keep that in mind when following this tutorial.





After sewing the four patch together, pinch the triangles in half to make a center mark.  This crease should line up with the center of the four patch when sewing it on.

Also remember that the diagonal of these triangles is a bias cut, so handle them gently as they can stretch a bit.


I pressed all my seams open on this block, but you can press them your preferred way.  Also, if you're a perfectionist and those little tails on the finished block bother you, by all means trim them off!  

These are such sweet and fun little blocks to make!

26 comments

  1. I love this quilt so much, that I will try to make this blocks soon.

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  2. I've got a bunch of little 4-Patch blocks. This looks like a really good method for dealing with them!

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  3. I'm doing this same thing. but with a 16-patch.

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  4. SO cute indeed! And the colour palette is just gorgeous!

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  5. Simple, happy pattern and blocks make timeless quilts! Stitchjoy!

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  7. your colour and fabric choices are impeccable; it looks like a vintage quilt top!

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  8. Thank you for this darling pattern. This is my first visit to your blog. It's lovely! So festive.

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I love this block as well as your quilt and hope to make a quilt with these blocks in the near future! They are so much fun! Thanks again!

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  10. I love this pattern! Is there a formula for determining the size of triangles to cut if the 4 patch is another size?

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    1. https://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators/Square%20in%20a%20Square%20Calculator.php

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