*Choose eight charm squares that will make up your eight four-patch blocks *Choose one charm square and cut into 4-2 1/2" squares for the corners of your border *Choose an additional 8 charm squares that you will cut into 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles for the border
*Choose 8 charm squares and trim to 4 1/2" square for the alternating blocks
*Cut 4 - 18" lengths of ric rac...Now you're ready to begin!
My "inspiration" for this project was this fun sheet I found here on the Moda website. (They also have a file like this with ideas for how to use a layer cake).
When you press them open you will have eight pieces that look like this (only 6 are pictured).
Next you will nest each matching pair of sewn fabrics together and again sew on the two opposite sides.
Again you will cut your pieces in half. I love to use two rulers to make sure my cut is even...with the pinked edges of a charm square this helps to ensure an even cut!
When you press these pieces open you will have your eight 4-patch blocks!
Next, sew your 4-patch blocks together with your eight 4 1/2" trimmed squares to create four rows of four blocks...alternating 4-patch blocks with the squares.
I pressed everything towards the squares so that the four-patch blocks would be flat.
At this time you should also sew the 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles together on the 2 1/2" edges. Make four strips with four rectangles in each strip.
Now the fun really begins! Attach the ric rac to all four edges of your 16-block center. I lined up my ric rac with the edge of my quilt and basted using a 1/8" seam.
After all four edges have the ric rac attached, you can attach a rectangle strip to the left and right sides of your quilt. I used a pin at each seam intersection.
Next you'll want to attach the four 2 1/2" squares to each end of the remaining two rectangle strips.
Sew these to the top and bottom of your quilt...and press the ric rac flat towards the center of your quilt.