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Thread: 4 inch squares

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    4 inch squares

    I inherited a large box of 4 inch squares a few weeks ago. I have sewn some into a scrappy top about 66 by 58 and still have over half a box more. I don't want to just sew blocks together...kinda bored with that. I would like to have some suggestions of patterns or something creative to do with some of the rest of them. There are as few as a single square to some that have about 10 or 12 matching squares.

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    How about stacking a light and dark square and stitching across the diagonal twice to make 2 half square triangles blocks? There are tons of patterns using half square triangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    How about stacking a light and dark square and stitching across the diagonal twice to make 2 half square triangles blocks? There are tons of patterns using half square triangles.
    I did something similar - made quarter square triangles putting light with dark. Became one of our favorite quilts.

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    You could also add a background fabric, white, muslin, black--whatever compliments your fabrics. That would open p a world of possibilities. Or, maybe separate them into stacks of light and dark. Make some half square triangles like Tartan suggested and then play with the settings.

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    Use them as the center of a star!
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    Go to this link http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/tutorials/. She has some great quilts for small blocks. You can use MSQ and turn then into lots of 4 patches then use them in one of her quilts.

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    4-patches with the 4" squares.

    Or use one 4" square as a base and use another 4" sq. - cut into four 2" squares as "snowball" on the base. The resulting shape will be "roundish" when you sew several together. And the snowballs int he corners of several blocks will make a little quarter-square triangle block.

    Cut the 4" squares in half and make a piano-key border.

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    I have lots of 4 inch squares that I got from my church quilting group. I finally threw all of the blues into a grocery bag and mixed them up and then when I sit down to sew, I just grab 2 out and use them as leaders/Enders for other projects. I finally am half way through the blues bag. I'm not sure what I will do with them but am leaning towards an Irish Chain.

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    Oh, perfect for the disappearing 9-patch quilt. Lots of variations to that one.
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