Four Patch Chain

The block for December 2005 is the "Four Patch Chain"

Each finished block measures 8 inches square.  (8 ½ X 8 ½ inches unfinished).

Instructions:  Use good quality, 100% cotton pre-washed fabrics.

1.                cut white squares

2.    cut blue squares

3.                piece white/blue squares        

4.    assemble block

5.              finished block

Select a tone-on-tone or looks-like-solid-from-a-distance dark blue print and a white-on-white for the background. 

Cutting instructions:

    1.   From the white fabric, cut four 2 1/2-inch squares.

    2.   From the blue fabric, cut four 2 1/2-inch squares
    and two 4 1/2-inch squares.

Piecing instructions:
3.   With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew each of the blue squares to one of the white squares.  Refer to graphic 3.  There will be four pairs in all.  Press to the dark side.


Assembly instructions:

      4.  Sew the pairs together with blue sides matched to white sides. Pin at the intersection to ensure precise points.  Refer to graphic 4.  You will end up with two units.  Press.

5.   Referring to the layout in graphics 4 & 5, piece the units together with the larger blue squares into a finished block.  Sew the rows together, then combine the rows to finish the block

Your completed unfinished block will measure 8 ½ inches.
8 inches after sewn into a quilt!



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