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Frugal Quilting Basics

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Basic Building Blocks


4 patch quilt block


Squares and Rectangles

Squares and Rectangles
The Simple 4-Patch
Squares in the Corners

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flying geese quilt block


Cutting a Single Triangle
Half Square Triangles
Quarter Square Triangles
Split Quarter Square Triangles
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floral diamond in a square or square in a square quilt block


Beginning Blocks

The Pinwheel
Flying Geese

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goose in the pond quilt block



Friendship Star
Sawtooth Star
Ohio Star
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Goose Chase Quilt Block

Quilting Favorites

Churn Dash
Flower Basket
Log Cabin
Maple Leaf

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The 4-Patches in a 9 -Patch Quilt Block

4 patch blocks in a 9 patch block quilt block             

Here is another 9 patch block that can make good use of scraps and make a very frugal quilt and has some great design possibilities.  (See picture at end of page).

grids of the 4 patches in a 9-patch quilt blockAs you can see from the picture to the left, 4 of the patches of this block are solid squares, and 5 of the patches are made from 4 patch quilt blocks.

The 4 patch block is explained in the instructional pages.  If you want your block and quilt to have a lot of diagonal movement, pay attention of value.

One decision you have to make on the 4 patches is whether you want to take the time to remove the 3 stitches from the center that will remove some of the bulk from that area.  Try it both ways, and then make your decision.

You can make this block with very small 4 patches, or you can make it with larger ones.  This is a very fast block to make when you use large Simple Measurements. While this block is a 9 patch, it is further divided into 36 grids.  If you finish the smaller grids at 2 inches,  the larger grid will finish at 4 inches, and the block will finish at 12 inches.

Then, if you put solid blocks next to these 12 inch blocks, the quilt will be very quick to make.  This design option makes good use of large floral prints that you do not want to cut up.  See the picture below to see an example of this design possibility.

You can also make a speedy quilt using just this block, and perhaps adding lattice between the blocks.

Have some fun with fabric with this block and give it some personality.   Use up your scraps, or make good use of those big floral prints in your stash.


4 patches in a 9-patch quilt block layout

picture of a large floral print fabric

4 patches in a 9-patch quilt block layout
picture of a large floral print fabric

4 patches in a 9-patch quilt block layout

picture of a large floral print fabric

4 patches in a 9-patch quilt block layout

picture of a large floral print fabric 4 patches in a 9-patch quilt block layout



Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"

any size

Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68x 52-78
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108



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