Wow - Fabric Story

At our guild meeting our BOM queen was talking about the next block and mentioned that the checkerboard border was difficult until another member told her about a trick she knew for 4 patches.  You may know this one and even who came up with it (if you know please let me know so I can give her credit).  You make two sets of your fabrics as photo one. Iron them with the seam to the dark fabric

. Now lay one strip on top of the other - right sides together, so the seams nestle (will look like the second photo- here the top strip is turned back to see what the 4 patch will look like ).
Normally now I would cut the strips into sets to then pin and sew together in assembly line. Instead I draw a line on the strip to make the patch the size I want.  In this case 2" .  You see a dotted second line 1/4" to the right of the 2" line  - only needed if you don't have an accurate 1/4" foot.  I do, so I drew only a 2" line to mark my segments. (this is a little different than shown with the block but works for me.)

 I then sewed 1/4" in from the two inch line for a scant 1/4" seam. 

When I had sewn all the seams on the strip this way, I then began to cut the segments apart at the 2" line I drew.  Pressed the segments open and got 4 patches with a perfect join in the middle.  Love it!

Now off to finish the few four-patches I need doing to finish my Easy Street tomorrow.
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Wow! That's new to me Angie. Thanks for the tute and I love those fabrics.
Ooooo - great trick!!! Gotta try that soon :*)
Connie said…
Thanks for sharing Angie, that is always a great way to do them! Thanks for sharing.
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Anonymous said…
I really like the tutorial you did with the 4 patch. I will have to try it out sometime. Cool pictures as well.

Ruth from Stitching IMpressions