Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Scrappy 4-Patch

This quilt was just too bright and cheery to pass up. I found it in Greenwood, Missouri a few years ago.

Notice the pattern: it's 4 patches separated by strips. Sashing runs between the strips. It is like new with its wacky 50s and 60s prints. It seems to have been made for a bed, as it measures an irregular 53" x 89". This was someone's longtime lap project, as it's hand pieced. It is machine quilted. The backing, which turns to be binding on the front, is pure 1960s.

I have tried my hand at reproducing this one. It's hard to be bold enough to use a print like that in the sashing.


  1. Great four patch Deb- I love the pattern and quite simple in design. I have a stack of star strips that work pretty well for it-
    Backgrounds can be tricky- have to find a way to rest one's eyes without losing the design.
    You do find the nicest older quilts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. it's a beaut. I love the check that's on diagonal as well as "normal" - bet it's fun to explore the quilt for all sorts of fabric treasures.

  3. Deb: Judging from the close-up, it looks like your quilt top has fabrics from the 1930's and 1940's in it, and quite a bit of feed sack fabric as well. What a pretty quilt! Louise

  4. The sashing fabric is amazing! I suppose it was the fabric she had enough of (and had been rejected for other purposes!)