It’s been four-patch after four-patch around here–I hope you’re not tired of them. I’m still having fun with them. I change up color combinations pretty frequently, and I alternate between cutting, sewing and pressing. I’m well past the half-way point, so soon I’ll be able to start putting these together into blocks! But I did want to share a couple of tips that I mentioned in my last American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along post. I’ll give you the specifics today with some photos to make it a little more clear.
When sewing two-patch blocks into four-patch blocks I begin by pressing seams toward the darker fabric.
When I sew these two units together the seams of the dark fabrics will meet and “nest” together.
When sewing these units, I chain piece as many sections together as I can. It saves thread and time…
Before pressing the units open I remove the end stitches above the seam I sewed when joining the two units (you aren’t removing any stitches in the horizontal seam pictured above…just stitches in the vertical seam that are above the horizontal seam). I have the tip of the seam ripper pointing at those stitches in the photo above.
And here is a close up. There are usually 2-3 stitches above the seam line. After loosening them with my seam ripper I turn the unit over and also remove the stitches above the seam on the other side.
Although I’m showing just one unit here, this goes really fast if your units are still joined together after chain piecing. I can take a string of 100 or more and get them all ready while watching television.
When the seam is pressed you will be
able to press one half of the seam one direction and the other half of
the seam the other direction. The middle pieces will open flat and
create a mini four-patch.
By pressing the center seams of your four-patch unit in this way you can eliminate bulk and have a more “flat” block. It takes a little bit of extra time, but does make a big difference.
Finally, I want to share three pillows made with my Scrappy Patchwork Pillow Tutorial from last month. Above is Janet’s Fig Tree version…
And here is Mindy’s Boat House variation which goes along with her mini Shine quilt!
And here is Hildy’s beautiful Bonnie & Camille fabrics version…love them all!
I’m working on a new Simply Small project tutorial and hope to have it ready this weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!