Four Patches, basic units that seem so simple to make. Just stitch 4 squares together, either individually or with strip piecing and you’re good to go. But anyone who has attempted these units knows that they are notoriously difficult to make perfectly. Either the unit size isn’t quite right, the edges just don’t quite line up, or they’re just not quite square. Ugh. Even experienced stitchers encounter these problems.
The Four Patch Square Up© Tool is the solution. Like all the Studio 180 Design rulers and processes, this tool and technique will have you build your units slightly oversized and then quickly trim them to perfect shapes. The Four Patch Square Up© Tool is designed to work with units that finish to whole or half inch increments, from ½” finished up to 6” finished unit sizes. The tool’s perfectly engineered lines are designed to quickly locate and align with the unit center and the sewn seams, allowing for easy trimming on all four sides. The accuracy is amazing!
Your units will be the correct size. They will have seams properly positioned. And they will have edges that are straight , even, and square. No more guess work! So jump in and give it a try, you will be absolutely thrilled with the results.
If you thought a simple Four Patch added loads of interest to a design, wait until you see what an offset version with different size “patches” will do! This technique sheet allows you to make Offset Four Patch units in 17 different sizes; you can combine them with other units to create a unique block, use them for an interesting chain, or combine them together to create a disappearing nine patch type design.
Four patches galore! Have you ever seen so many in one project? This quilt is chock full of them, and to get them perfect you will use the Four Patch Square Up tool. By the time you have finished this quilt you will be a master at making perfect four patches.
Looking for something a little unusual? Try Arabesque! The pattern combines a very simple block with four patches in the corners to create curvy chains that snake between the staggered blocks. Nothing’s set on point, although it looks like it might be, so no setting triangles to struggle with either. Have fun watching the design come to life as you lay out the blocks and stitch together this unique quilt.