Quiltsmith asked me to post this as she has dial up and just cannot access you-tube for this. I used two different fabrics for the 4-patch section, and a focus fabric for the center. There are 14 pics in this tutorial. Please pm me if you have any questions!
Pink square right side up, focus fabric folded in half wrong sides together, white square right side down
With all the raw edges on the top, sew down the right side of the pieces.
Open the pieces up,
Fold the focus (center) block in half wrong sides together, place on top of the pink square
Fold the first two squares together, so the folded piece is alone. If the bottom piece is white, place the pink square down, put the folded piece on the right side edge, and put the white block on top. Sew down the right side of that edge. by alternating the blocks, you make a 4-patch color
Now you have both sides of the focus block attached to the 4-patch blocks. Note that the top and bottom colors are opposite.
Two different 4-patch blocks with one focus block. Al blocks are cut 5 inches square
Make sure the edges of the center block are not caught in the top seam.
"open" the center block, and match up the left side blocks, pin, then match up the right side blocks. The center block will be a little bunched up. It is important to match up the center seams. I pin the seams open.
pin left, center and right sides together
Sew down the entire right side, when you get to the center, you may have to do a needle down and 'straighten out' the center a bit. When done, you will have the focus block in the center!
I pressed all the seams open, that ensured that the center piece was even with the seams on the front
For a little variation you can fold back the edges to give a curved affect. I did plain centers on the Strawberry shortcake and added applique's in the center.