I've been busy making little four patch blocks this past few days. They go together so quickly and are the perfect project to work on while I watch episodes of Call the Midwife. (I am really enjoying that series). These four patches are for a sew along sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, in their current issue. I didn't use any of the three suggested settings in the magazine, but decided to do my own thing.
This is the setting idea I have in mind for them all. I do have to pay attention when I am sewing the block units together. If my mind isn't focused, I can get the orientation of the block units wrong and it throws off the design. I am enjoying the softer colors of this quilt and am looking forward to seeing it on the bed in my master bedroom, which is painted a soft sagey green. I think it will be a pretty look for spring and summer.
I call the block and setting Jacob's Ladder. I am sure there are several other names for it. It is very traditional, a real classic in fact. The fabrics are mostly all from my stash, but I did use all the pinks, greens and some browns from Julie Hendricksen's recent collection called Threads of Time designed for Windham Fabrics. I am not using a pattern, precisely. I browsed the internet and Pinterest for ideas on setting four patch blocks and saw several versions similar to what I am doing. I knew I wanted my block size to be 9 inches finished, and did my calculations accordingly.
To re-cap, I cut two inch strips for the four patch units and 3 1/2 inch strips for my half square triangles. I am using the Easy Angle ruler to cut the half square triangles and there is no waste. And no drawing of lines. I am not even bothering to cut wider strips and make the half square triangles bigger, then cutting them down to 3 1/2 inches. They are all coming out just fine. Each four patch and each half square triangle measures 3 1/2 inches.