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Thread: Help...So confused!!!!!

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    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
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    I am making a Downey Quilts for Kids Four-Patch Quilt. Sounds simple, right?

    There are 6 rows with alternate 4-patch and a focus print and the border.

    These are the instructions:

    Sew one A strip and one B strip together to make a strip set as shown. Press. Make three strip sets. Everything OK at this point...

    Cut these strip sets into 30 units that measure 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". Sew these units together to create 15 four-patch blocks that will measure 6 1/2" square.

    ...How do you make a 6 1/2" block out of 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". Am I having a serious senior moment?

    The only thing I can think to do is cut the supplied 6 1/2" alternate blocks down to 6" blocks.

    Can anyone help me?

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    First you sew the strips together, for example yellow and purple. Then you cut across both colors so you have a rectangle unit with both colors. Then you put 2 of those together to make a 4 square unit - flip so that each color is diagonally across from the matching one. This 4 square is what should be 6-1/2.

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    I think I have the answer - please forgive the crude drawing -
    Maybe this will help?
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    Don't worry and don't cut up your 6 1/2" squares. If you sew two of the 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" together, you will get a finished four patch that is 6 1/2" square to alternate with the focus fabric 6 1/2" provided squares. The math may seem off but you do need that extra half inch for your seam allowance. I make crib quilts using these measurements all the time and it does work. Just go ahead and make your four patches, stitck a 6 1/2" square in between and you'll have a completed quilt top in no time. Happy stitching!

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    Bearisgray, you are such an artist. It showed exactly how to do it and was a good teaching tool. LOL. I love how everyone on the board jumps in to help. Such a good feeling.
    Katier825, love the colors in your quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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    When you sew two pieces together (regardless of size) and you use a 1/4" seam allowance, you will always have to subtract 1/2" from the total. So, while 3 1/2 + 3 1/2 = 7, whe you subtract the 1/2" for seam allowance, you are left with 6 1/2.

    Sometimes, when I am not sure or when I think my seam allowance may be off, I sew the pieced parts together, measure across and then cut my alternating patches to fit. You were on the right track with that idea too.

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    Polly,
    I'm making that same quilt and I agree, the directions are confusing. Also, when sewing together the 4-patch to the single square, make sure your 4-patches are aligned the same so that you have your diagonals going the same way. I didn't at first, so they looked a little drunk. I resewed.

    Example b=black, w=white, r=red,

    w b rrrrrr w b rrrrrr
    b w rrrrrr b w rrrrrr
    rrrrr w b rrrrr w b
    rrrrr b w rrrrr b w

    Clear as mud????

    MJ :lol:

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    I just finished making my 1st downy quilt top, was lots of fun

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