Quatrefoil Quilt Tutorial

The Quatrefoil Quilt: Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.  MSQC’s Jenny demonstrates how to make a gorgeous Quatrefoil Quilt using Fresh Lilacs 10″ Squares and contrasting yardage.

Find all the details here: http://land.missouriquiltco.com/quatrefoil-quilt/

Transcript (Downloadable PDF Here):

Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and I have such a fun project for you. This is easy and quick, but it looks like you just worked so hard. So, let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this beautiful? I mean, I love the fabric, I love the block, I love everything about it. So, this quilt is based on an old block called Quatrefoil and it’s just a really fun old block and I just thought I’d show you how to make it using precuts and you’re just going to love this.

So, to make this quilt, what you’re going to need is 1 packet of 10-inch precut squares and we have used Fresh Lilacs by Debbie Beaves for Maywood Studio and, oh, and I love lilacs, absolutely love them, one of my favorite flowers, and then you’re also going to need about a yard and ¾ of this background fabric and then you’re going to need about a half a yard for your four patches because we chose to keep our four patches the same in the whole quilt. So, a half a yard of two contrasting colors to make your four patches. So, let’s get started.

So, this block is actually made up of three different units and we’ve got our four patches, right here. We’ve got this block, right here, and our center block and we’re going to start with the four patches. So, let me show you how to do that. Now, remember, we decided to keep all of our four patches the same colors, so, again, we had a half a yard of the purple and a half a yard of the green and we have our background fabric. So we’re cutting 2 ½ inch strips, just like this, out of our fabric. So, we have a purple one and we have a green one and we’re going to sew those to our background strip. So, let me go ahead and sew this purple. We’re just going to sew down one side, like this, at a quarter of an inch, all the way down, and you’re going to need nine of these strips.

So, I’m just sewing along here, letting it slide through my hands and we’re getting a quarter of an inch from the edge, making sure we stay matched up, and there we are. Alright, now, before we iron this, what we want to do is, we want to cut these into 2 ½ inch segments and the reason we’re going to do that first is that they tend to just line up a little better. So right here you can see I have my purple strip and I have my green strip. You can actually lay these on top of each other, if you want. That’s kind of a personal preference. You will be cutting through four layers of fabric and so I’m going to come here and I’m going to cut and then I’m going to cut 2 ½ inch segments, like this, and I’m going to do that to all my strips, like this. And for each block you’re going to need four of these, of these little four patches. So the units you get are going to look like this. Now we want to press them. So we’re going to put with the dark side on top, set your seam and roll it back, set your seam and roll it back. And then, to make our four patch, we’re going to put these opposites so that our colors are on, on either side. And our, our backgrounds are also on opposite sides so we have dark, light, light, dark, like this. So we’re going to lay these right together because we pressed to the dark. These little seams are going to nest nicely, you can see that. They just go right together and then we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch down those, down that side.

Alright, here we go. And they should line up really nice. So there’s our little quarter of an inch, I mean four patch and it looks perfect in the middle. Let’s iron that back. And you are going to need four of these, and I have a few sewn over here so I am ready to go. So we are onto the next block.

Now, to make this next block, which is this one, right here, these, the four, it kind of makes petals of a flower. You’re going to take a 10-inch precut square and we’re going to cut four 4 ½ inch squares out of it. So we’re cutting 4 ½, right here, and you want to count and make sure because you don’t want to mess this up. So, 4 ½ and then we’re cutting another 4 ½, right here. And then we are going to take these two and we are going to cut them into 4 ½ the other way, as well, because we want, we want four 4 ½ inch squares. So here’s our 4 ½ and our 4 ½, right there, make sure you’re lined up and so your block stays square. Alright, so now we have four of these and to make this block, what we’re going to do is, we are going to dog-ear the corners. So, you’re going to take your 2 ½ inch strip, like this, and you’re going to use, you are going to use 2 ½ inch squares. So, we’re going to cut some 2 ½ inch squares and you’re going to need 8 of these little squares for each block that you make. So, I am just going to cut 2 ½ off of here, like this. Now, you can draw the line on these or you can press it and we’re just going to go ahead and press it, like this and it makes, gives us a sewing line. It’s an easy way to do it. And then on each square, what we’re going to do is, we’re going to put one of these on this side and sew this way down to the outside. So, let’s go do that.

So, we have one like that. We’re going to trim this off right here and then press this back, like this, and then we’re going to add our other square to the other corner on the same, that same top side. So where we have this one sewn, we’re going to add this one, over here, and we’re going to come over here and sew right down to the outside, right on our press line. Make sure that all lines up and then we can just fly.

There we go. Now I’m going to trim that off and we’ll iron it back and I’ve got a little bit off right here so I’m just going to kind of trim that off, square that up a little bit, and you’re going to do that to four of your blocks. So, you’ll end up with blocks that look like this. So, you should have four of those, just like that. And I have done the rest of these, right here and so I’ll put those in a little pile right there.

Ok. So, the next part is this center square, right here, and you’re going to want a contrasting piece of fabric so we’ve got a 10 inch precut square, right here, and we’re going to go ahead and come in, just like this, and cut a 4 ½ inch square for our center square. So let’s go ahead and do that. And then we’re going to go ahead and just turn this and cut a 4 ½ inch square off of it again, like this, oop, like this, and we’re going to make that cut and we’ve got our 4 ½ inch square. So that’s going to be our center square of our block. So, let me show you how we put this together because this is really, really fun. And this is such a gorgeous line, just such a gorgeous line.

Alright, so this is one of those blocks that you’re going to put together in three rows. So, our top piece, we’re going to have our four patches, and we want all of our, we want to watch the direction all of these are going in because we want our green squares pointing towards the middle. So you do want to lay it out. So we’ve got this, like this, and we’ve got this center block, right here, you know, the one that you’ve dog-eared is going to go right there. So, you’re going to have a four patch, the dog-eared block, and the four patch. Now for the next row, you’re going to have two of these dog-eared blocks, like this, and your center block, and then for your bottom row, you’re going to have, again, your greens are going to go toward the middle and then this one will also go the same way, with the dog-ear toward the outside. It makes this little flower. I just love this little quatrefoil block. So let’s go ahead and sew these three rows together, and a, and a, put them right together so you can see how this block is made.

I’m going to take the whole first row over here and I’m sewing one side, a quarter of an inch, to my block and then I will just open that right up and sew my, my four patch to the other side, making sure that my green lines up on the bottom. That is one of the things when you start, when you start putting these together, you just want to make sure that your block stays going the same directions because that’s what makes this block so pretty.

Alright, so, next row, we’re going to attach these to the center square. Oop! Got caught on my thread there. And then this one on this side. And then we have our third row. Put this back to make sure everything stays lined up. We have our third row, right here. And one of the ways I remember it is that whatever block I’m putting toward the center, that’s the block that touches the color. So, my green, which I’m putting toward the center, actually touches the, the purple color. And, on the top then, I’m sewing white to white. You can see right here. So, what I’m talking about is this green is touching this purple color and the white touches the top. That’s one of the ways, you know, I have these little mantras that help me remember things so that I don’t get mixed up with how, how I’m putting things together. So, there we go.

Now, whenever you’re putting a block together with three rows it’s important, you know, the pressing is kind of important. So, what I tend to do is, I tend to press my middle block with the seams in and my outer rows with the seams out, so they’ll all lay together. So, let’s press this one so the seams go in, and I do that by just holding it up, like that, rolling it back. These, the seams are going to go out. So I’m going to flip that over, make sure those seams lay to the outside, and then I’ll flip it over again to make sure I have no creases in there. There’s that one, and then here’s this one. So we’re going to, again, make our seams go to the way we want them to and then flip it over to make sure there’s no little folds or creases. And now we get to put our block together. We’re going to do the top row first and our little seams are going to match right up. Now we get to add our third row, like this. I always like to look and make sure it’s still going in the right direction. We’d rather be safe than rip.

Alright, now let’s press this. Oh, that looks nice. Alright, there we go. This is the block we’re looking for, right here, and it just looks great. So let me tell you about putting these together because the next thing we want to do is the sashings.

So, once you get ready to put your sashing in you’re going to put a piece that’s the size of your block in between each square. So, as you go along, you’re going to have this strip in between each block, and you’re going to put four in each row. And then you’re going to have five rows of those, and then you’re going to add your center sashing that goes in between every single row. And, again, it’s the piece that’s the same size as the block. You’ve got the little 2 ½ inch square and the piece that’s the same size as the block, so you’ll sew this row together and sew it to the row up here, and then, as you start adding them together, you’re going to have this whole quilt just done and sashed. So, this is a great sashing idea anytime you want to put blocks together, but it makes it especially cool on this one because, because of the four patches, you get this nine patch look in the middle. Right here. This is what I’m talking about. This kind of just pops and becomes a nine patch where you didn’t even intend it to be. So, it’s like one of those sweet, little things. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Quatrefoil Block from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • gmw21064

    Don’t you just hate it when you get a project finished and see an error in the layout! On the right side of Jenny’s quilt, I see one of the four patches is turned! Argh, I’m doing some cussing for Jenny!
    Once again, it’s good to see others make errors in their projects as well. I’m always so hard on myself, expecting perfection…Jenny gives me permission to not be perfect!! No matter, this quilt is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

    • BeckyMSQC

      Good eye!! Jenny don’t call those mistakes, they are character adding blocks!!

  • Dena Saisa

    When Jenny says you will need nine of these (referring to the strips for the 4patches). Does she mean nine of each color. I did 9 of each color and I have a lot more than what I need for the quilt pictured. I think I might have messed up.

  • Hattie Van Dyk

    Just so happened that I had a pile of 4 1/2″ blocks, with no plan. This quilt was the perfect idea. Twelve blocks finished…..eight to go.

  • Carmen Garcia

    Hey Jennie. Can I use a charm pack instead? If so, how many do I need? Thank you so much. I love all your tutorials. This one is so awesome.

    • Joanne Morgan

      a 10″ square is equal to 4 5″ blocks (which all need to be cut down to 4 1/2″), so you would need 4 of the charm packs to equal 1 layer cake.

    • B James

      The quilt appears to use 5 x 20 or 100, 4 1/2 inch blocks so 2 1/2 charm packs would cover it!

  • Joanne Morgan

    So you need 9 of these strips… does she mean 9 of the purple, 9 of the green and 18 of the white? Or a total of 9 altogether?

    • B James

      If you do the math, 4- 2.5 inch squares per block equals 10 inches of 2.5 inch strip each 43 inch strip yields 16 or enough for 4 blocks, so you need 5 purple, 5 green and 10 of the background to make all the four patch blocks. Plus you need about 22 more 2.5 inch strips for the washing and 10 for the dog eared blocks or a total of 42 background fabric 2.5 strips or one jelly roll!

  • Deb Baker Welch

    Does the 2 yards of fabric for the border include fabric for binding. If not, how much more do you suggest for the binding? What fabric was used for the backing and how much?

    • Wendi MSQC

      Hi Deb! the two yards does not include binding. If you were to use 2 inch wide strips for the binding half a yard of fabric would cover that. You will also need 4 yards of coordinating fabric for the backing. Have a great day Deb!!

  • Prudy Court

    I thought of using the “petal” element of this bock as the basis for a little house quilt

  • Nanette

    I didn’t catch what the finished size of this quilt is…can you tell me please??

    • Valerie McCadden

      68″ X 81″

  • Jo Ann Neal Bradley

    Could you please tell me the model number of this baby lock machine you are using?

  • Cindy Kandrac

    I love the look of this block/quilt. I have 2 pkg. of 10″ Incarnadine, green, red and beige floral yardage. Do you think these fabrics would work on the Quatrefoil quilt? I’d love to make it but am afraid the print might not work.

    • joanne

      I think that would look fantastic. Use beige instead of white, and the red and green in solids for the 4 patches.

  • Karen Campbell

    When will this tutorial be in printed form? I am visual and need to see it in print.

  • Linda

    Love the looks of the quilt and I think my future daughter-in-law will love the colors. How much fabric would you need to increase this to a king size?

  • Gloria Lema

    Hi, I wanted to know if the written instructions for making this quatrefoil quilt are available anywhere. Thanks.

    • Wendi

      Hi Gloria, I have a sneaky suspicion that the Quatrafoil quilt pattern is going to be in June issue of block so keep your eye out!!

  • Sue Kissinger

    I have 6 1/2 inch block party printed blocks that I would like to use for the center block for this quilt pattern but I am not sure how to adjust the size of the rest of this pattern. Can anyone help

    • Wendi MSQC

      Hi Sue, I am so sorry we do not have alternate dimensions for this pattern.

    • joanne

      If your squares are really 6 1/2 and not 6, that’s going to be tough. Your strips would need to be somewhere between 3 3/8 and 3 1/2. Now, if you cut those squares down to be 6″ exactly, then they would finish at 5 1/2 and those strips would need to be 3″. Much easier.

      • Sue Kissinger

        Thank you Joanne for helping me figure this out. I just got my layer cakes and am going to start making this quilt using your calculations with my printed blocks. One thing I’ve noticed watching the tutorials- there is no back stitching when piecing blocks. Do you not back stitch.? How does that keep it from not coming apart over time? Anyone have any input?

        • joanne

          you use small stitches so they won’t come out, so no need to backstitch. Also, on some of those blocks, you’re going to be cutting through the stitches, so backstitching at the end wouldn’t help anyway. On the others, you are going to be sewing over them when you attach them to each other or to the border, so again, no need to backstitch, but if you feel more comfortable doing, then do it. It won’t hurt.

          • Sue Kissinger

            Thank you so much Joanne for all your help and calculations. You have made it possible for me to make this quilt

          • joanne
          • joanne

            Sue, have you cut into that fabric yet? In the middle of the night, as usual, it came to me. Then my computer broke down so I couldn’t write you. I hope I caught you in time to save you a lot of unnecessary work.
            It’s simple really, if you think of it like this. You have 6 1/2″ blocks, and you want 2 squares to equal that when they are put together, so 6 1/2 + 1/4″ + 1/4″ (or 1/2″) for seams = 7″ divided by 2… you need each strip to be 3 1/2″ wide.
            If you’ve cut your squares to be 6″, you need 3 1/4″ strips. If you’ve cut them to be 5 1/2″, cut your strips 3″. If 5″ squares, you need 2 3/4″ strips. Isn’t that simple? I don’t know why it took me so long. I was trying to make it too hard, when it wasn’t at all. you only need 1 seam allowance and that’s to join the 2 squares.

  • Susie Sheldon

    Ok.. I just finished a queen size quilt made with the “Quatrefoil” pattern.. I found that it was pretty easy. I just started quilting last year and I have made several quilts.. I also made the Big Star.. Loved it.. I will post a picture of the Quatrefoil with I get it back from the quilter..

  • Kathleen Nichols Woodard

    Is there a written pattern available?

  • Kathleen Nichols Woodard

    What is the finished size of the quilt you are demonstrating?

  • joanne

    I’m confused. When she does the sashing, I get that she uses the same size strip in between each 2 blocks, but then, she’s putting the sashing between the rows and she says to again, make them the same size as the blocks, adding the 2 1/2″ colored square… but that doesn’t give a seam allowance on the white does it? Don’t you have to add 1/4″ to each end of that white strip to use in stitching it to the colored square? I see that several people have made this and never mentioned adding for seam allowances, so you must not, but… Am I just nuts?

  • Sarah Gunter

    Is there anyway to add blocks to increase this to a king sized quilt, or would this mess up the pattern?

  • Pam Tidemann

    Hey Jenny, are you aware you have a mistake in your quilt? On the third row, clear to the right, one of the little four patch sections is turned…the green isn’t to the center touching the color! Love this tutorial! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Mary Moss

    I increased the size of the Quatrefoil by extending the four-patch and adding a seminole border. This is my first quilt. Thanks for the great tutorials!

    • Margie

      Congratulations on your first quilt. It is a beauty! Thank you for sharing the photo.

  • Carole

    Just finished this quilt using the “Glorious Garden” fabric line. The colors are similar to those used in the tutorial – great tutorial that made piecing this quilt very easy.

  • Michelle Ronayne

    Originally when this was posted it said 1/2 yd of 2 constrasting fabric for the 4 patches. Now when I look at the tutorial again I see that there is something overwriting the 1/2 yd that says 3/4 yd? Which do we really need to complete this? I previously bought 2 “1/2yd” cuts and wondering if I need to purchase more?

  • Michelle Giller Ronayne

    In the original tutorial it stated that 1/2 yard of two constrasting colors was needed for the 4 patches but when I just looked at it again something pops up over supply list as two 3/4 yard cuts. I am assuming there was a mistake and we really do need 3/4 yds for this? I have already purchased the fabric and I think you have a minumum of yardage that you will cut. If that is so what is that minimum?