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Turned Four Patch Quilt Tutorial

Project by Sarah Holliman at SJStitchery

A beautiful quilt project using a Turned Four Patch Pattern. These vibrant orange fabrics are perfect for summer.

Quilt size 36x48 inches

You will need:

Fat quarter Selection Pack

2m fabric in contrast colour

1m fabric for quilt backing

Quilt batting of your choice (I used Bosal Acadia Autumn 80/20)

Rotary cutter and Ruler

Quilting Safety Pins/Thread/Needle


1. Choose a selection of fabrics you would like to use for your blocks.

2. You will be starting with 2 different squares of fabric, so choose a combination you would like to use. I have chosen to use the plain orange as a contrast and four other fat quarters which I will rotate in the pattern design.

3. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut 4 squares, 2 contrast fabric and 2 different patterns, of 5.5 inches (these will become 5 inch squares when sewn together).

4. Choose a pair of squares and with right sides together, stitch along one edge with 0.25 seam allowance. Press seam flat with an iron.

5. Repeat with the other 2 squares.

6. Sew all four squares together placing the contrast fabric at diagonals to each other, as shown.

7. Make sure all the corner points of your patch meet in the centre.

8. Press seams flat with an iron. You now have a four patch.

9. For the Turned Four Patch pattern, you will now need to cut into your four patch block.

10. Using the rotary cutter and ruler, cut 1.25 inches away from each seam of the four patch, as shown - you should now have a total of 9 pieces.

11. Rotate all the pieces to create the pattern. This will become your turned four patch pattern throughout the quilt, alternating the patterned fabric on your next Four Patch.

12. When you are happy with your design, sew all of the 9 pieces together again, using 0.25 seam allowance throughout.

13. Press seams flat with an iron.

14. Repeat this process for all 12 blocks of your quilt.

15. To outline the block I have used a plain white contrast fabric.

Cut 4 1.25 inch wide strips of fabric. With right sides together sew along the edges of the block - try to ensure all of the vertical and horizontal strips are placed in exactly the same way on each side of the patch, as shown below.

16. Press seams flat.

17. Repeat for all 12 blocks.

18. When you have completed this process lay out all of your blocks on a flat surface. Decide your pattern layout for your quilt.

It is a good idea to take a photo at this stage - this means you can see your quilt at a different angle but also you have a reference photograph to refer to when you are constructing your quilt.

19. Using 0.25 seam allowance, sew all your quilt blocks together to complete your quilt top.

20. Your quilt is ready for basting. Decide on your quilt batting.

I used a Bosal Acadia Autumn 80/20.

21. Smooth your quilt top over the batting, taking time to ensure the layers are completely flat and baste or pin into place.

22. Complete the same process with the quilt backing.

You should now have your 3 layers of quilt.

23. Quilt in place as you like.

24. When you have completed quilting your quilt, trim the edges of the quilt and remove an excess batting or backing fabric.

25. Decide on the edging you want for your quilt.

26. Cut length long strips of 2.25 inch wide fabric. Sew strips together and press with an iron and fold to make a bias binding.

27. Sew one fold of the bias binding to the front edges of the quilt, mitring the corners as you go.

28. Fold the bias binding over the edge of the quilt and slip stitch into place.

29. Remove any excess threads and tie any loose ends that are remaining.

30. Your quilt is now complete.

To see more from Sarah, visit her on Instagram @sjstitchery

Made by Sarah Holliman for The Craft Cotton Company 2021

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