The Scrappy 4 Patch Quilt Tutorial

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Hi, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve got a really fun Charm Pack tutorial for you today and it’s called The Scrappy Four Patch. It’s all about how to make a four patch, the regular four patch block but how to make it quick and scrappy without ever cutting any little pieces.

So, what you’re going to do is, you’re going to take your Charm Pack right here and we’re using Lilac Hill, and we’re going to take two pieces out of it and they’re going to be different pieces, pieces with a contrasting color. You’re going to put them right sides together like this and your going to sew down either side.

I have a stack of them sewn together here and you can see they’re, these are the backs of course, but they’re different on each side and they just have the seam 1/4″ down the edge of the Charm Pack.

One of the things that people always ask me is do you measure from the valley or the peak. Charm Packs, most of the precuts are set up to measure from the peak but if you measure from the valley, where ever you go just make sure you’re consistent so that your blocks end up the same size. So, we’ve sewn down these two sides, you can chain piece these through your machine and all of these have already been sewn. So you can chain piece them through so it’s really fast. Then you’re going to clip them apart, then you’re going to take each one like this.

OK, so now we’re going to take our ruler and we’re going to be cutting this right in half. So, I’m laying my ruler right over the edge and I’m going to cut this. Line your 2 1/2″ line up with the edge and we’re going to cut this in half. So, then you’re going to have a whole stack of these that are cut in half like this. And they’re different on each side, and so, what we’re going to do now is we’re going to iron all these open, and of course you want to set that seam and press it open and on this one generally you iron to the dark side but we’re just going to press these open because they’re going to all be going different directions.

So, once you get your whole stack of these things pressed open, then what you’re going to do is you’re going to sew them together like this. See how we have, you’ll take two different ones and we’ll put them together and I like to keep a light and dark so I would put them together this way so I didn’t have my two reds matching up. And you’re just going to sew them together.

Sew a long strip of them together. And then what you’re going to do is you’re going to cut your first little 5 1/2″ piece off. So, what I do is I lay it like this. Let me start at this end, I lay it like this. I fold one over and again I use my ruler and I come in 2 1/2″ and we’re going to cut this like this, and it will give you an extra piece and it will give you a charm pack that is completely scrappy.

So, let me show you that again. So, now we have that little piece cut off we’re just going to lay this over and we’re going to cut right along that edge. Oops, didn’t get it through the seam there! There we go and again another charm pack that’s completely scrappy. Lay it over and cut. So, let’s go through this quickly one more time. First you sew the sides of your charm pack. Then you cut all of them in half so you have little half stacks like this. Then you’re going to open these up like this and you’re going to put them together long sides together like this. Make sure they’re different, that the sides are going to stand out from each other.

So, you’re going to sew these together with there lines like this were they’re long ways, and then you’re going to take them and you’ll have your long ways pieces together and you’re just going to start cutting them in half again. And you end up with these scrappy four patches, and these make great, I have a little table runner here that I used a big piece of fabric, I love this Lilac Hill. So, I wanted a piece of the Lilac Hill in the center. You know I didn’t want to cut up this lilac stuff and then I’m going to be able to use all these little four patches around the outside edge as a darling border.

Scrappy, so the four patch makes a fabulous border but look at this little quilt. I used, this is all just scrappy four patches in the center. This is one charm pack and it just make the most perfect the sweetest little baby quilt you can ever imagine, and it’s just darling. This is the Sunkissed line from Sweetwater and it’s just as sweet as can be. So, you can do it as a table runner, you could do it as a border, you could just do so many things with this scrappy four patch.

Anyway we hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Ginny

    Thank you so much for having these Tutorials! I am just beginning to Quilt and when it seems to be overwhelming…walla….it makes sense!  Thanks again!  A New LOYAL Fan!   Ginny

    • Sarah

      Thanks Ginny!  We are so glad you are finding the tutorials so helpful!  Have a great day!

  • alamogal1963

    Yes, I’m so glad you posted this.  I purchased a Mod Tod charm pack from you and didn’t have a clue of what to do besides whole blocks.  This scrappy idea is adorable!  I’m doing it today.  Thanks again!  Love the videos!

    • Sarah

      Awesome!!  You’ll have to send pictures when your done!!

  • polarka

    Hi, I just discovered this webpage – and its wow, amazing! Your tutorials are very helpful and detailed. 
    Thanks a lot for that.
    I LOVE green-blue squared quilt hanged on the wall shown in the video http://www.youtube.com/missouriquiltco#p/u/2/RJeJp-TIAqc.
    Could you please navigate me where I can find a tutorial for that??? Thank youuuu :-)))

  • Teddy Hoose

    Could you tell me what peaks and valleys are……I’m a beginner?

    • Patt

      Most of the precuts are cut with pinking shears. Peaks and valleys refer to the up/down edges of the pinked cut….the zig and the zag. Hope that helps!

    • Anonymous

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      When I talk about the peaks and valleys, we are talking about the pinked edge on the precuts. Sorry about the confusion.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • SueB

    This was great!   I appreciate all the quick and easy methods you share in your tutorials.   I always learn something new.    Thank you for taking the time to make these informative videos.    My day isn’t complete unless I’ve been on your website.   

    • Sarah

      Thank you!

  • Sue

    Another very clever idea. Who’d a thunk? I see the charm squares on all the web sits and really haven’t a clue what to do with them. Here it is. Fast and so cute.

  • Expqun

    I am also a beginner and have a question. Why do you fold over and then cut…why not just move ruler to correct spot and cut?  Thank-you so much Jenny for these tutorials. You can read and read but until you see it done…it makes much more sense.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Feb 14 @ 4:39am (UTC):

      I prefer to cut a shorter amount of fabric. It makes for better control….
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Craftyginny

    I am loving your tutorials . I have almost all your templets and cant decide what to do first.

    • Sarah

      hahah! I know how that goes!! I have the same problem!!  Good luck!

  • Ginny Perrine

    How many charm packs do i need to make a quilt following this four patch quilt.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Feb 24 @ 12:27am (UTC):

      How big do you want your quilt to be? When I know I can tell you how many charm packs you will need. Thanks
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Expqun

     HI Again…I want to ask again and explain a bit better my 1st question about folding over and cutting instead of just moving the ruler. Here is your instruction “… I fold one over and again I use my ruler and I come in 2 1/2″ and we’re going to cut this like this”.    I should have asked ‘why not just move the ruler to 5″ and cut instead of folding over and cutting at 2 1/2?  I guess I should just do it like you but I would be afraid somehow I would mess up and cut not only the one that needed to be cut but the one I folded over also.  Thanks so much for taking the time to do these tutorials.  One of these days when I am in Missour  I am going to stop in and thank-you personally.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Feb 24 @ 12:23am (UTC):

      Sure you can do it that way. Test it on a piece of scrap fabric to make sure it works and we are saying the same thing. I would love to meet you and hope you are able to come to visit us.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Marta

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  • Vicki

    You are such a great teacher, thank you very much:)

    Vicki – Florida

  • Dkrase12

    Beginner tutorial

  • Virginia

    Love your tutorials , thank you so much I’v learn so much from you….Virginia

    • Sarah

      Thank you!

  • Sewcute

    Could you please explain to me what this means: do you measure from the valley or the peak. Charm Packs, most of the precuts are set up to measure from the peak but if you measure from the valley, where ever you go just make sure you’re consistent so that your

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 25 @ 3:32am (UTC):

      I am just explaining what the peak and the valley on the pinked edge of the charm pack means, and that you can sew using either one as your guide…just be consistent so that your blocks come out the same size. Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Sewcute

    What does it mean…  measuring from the valley or the peak? Could you PLEASE explain this to me.
    Thank you
    sewcute 

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 25 @ 3:35am (UTC):

      On the edge of the charm squares there is a pinked edge and the outer point is called the peak and the inner part of the V is called the valley. So when you sew you can use either as the guide. But you always want to use the same one so you blocks end up the same size. I hope this helps!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Gail

    Great tutorial. I have a bunch of charm packs and now I know what to do with them :o)

  • Debipogue

    I LOVE this site!!!!  My favorite teacher!!!  :)   Keep the videos coming!

  • Mindy

    Love this idea instead of working with tiny squares!!!

    • Natalie

      Thanks Mindy!

  • sherri khania

    I just love your tutorial make thank you and please keep making them I have learned alot.thank you again and Happy New Years to all

  • Kathleen Whipple

    I stared to do the scrappy 4 patch, I try to make 1/4 inch sewing. But wen I cut to make 4 blocks in is off back a 1/2 inch help.

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      That’s right, after you sew them together, they won’t be 5″ blocks anymore

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicolem.mclean Nicole McLean

    I am just starting this quilt and I’m still pretty new at this. I was trying to figure out how many charm packs I would need for a queen size quilt, could you help me out?

    Also, when cutting that first ’1/2′ block, if you sew the first piece to the last piece to make one big loop there are no 1/2 blocks to sew together when done cutting the final scrappy block :)

    • JenM

      Thanks, Nicole! The 4-patch block using charm squares becomes a 4″ finished square. A queen size before borders (say about 80″ x 88″) would need about 417 five-inch squares (10 charm packs.) It would be impressive ;)