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Thread: 4 inch squares --- Help!

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    Junior Member Frogquilter's Avatar
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    4 inch squares --- Help!

    A friend gave my hundreds of 4 inch squares in Red, Black and Grey batiks. I am looking for a good pattern to use them with. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    I'll be watching this thread. My dh gave me 3 packs of 4 inch squares of Moda fabrics that I can't figure out how to use. Hope someone has an idea for you and me!

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    First one I thought of is Disappearing 9 patch.

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    Anything that uses squares ... just that your proportions will be different!
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    I made this one years ago for my Sister in law. It is 9 squares sewing together, the cut into 4 large squares. Then arranged by turning the squares around. I don't remember the pattern name.

    Here is a link to dozens of patterns for charm squares.
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    These make excellent "10-Minute blocks". 4" squares can also be organized into 4-patches or 9-patches, then sashed. They can become HSTs and turned into any number of great combinations. I love working with 4 and 5 inch blocks. They are so versatile. Have fun!
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    How about this one?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZfnR...F69C28&index=1

    They used 5 inch squares but 4 would work just fine.

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    A variation on Around the World.
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    So many choices for hundreds (WOW!!) of batiks.
    How about a batik diamonds pattern? Google 'Batik Diamonds Quilt patterns'. Amazing pics and ideas come up. There is even a Youtube tutorial on squaring them up. There is a batik diamond pattern by Barb Sackel that is one of my favorite batik quilts to do. Very easy to duplicate without the pattern.

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    So glad I was snooping around today. I just bought a bolt, yes a bolt, of Kona Cotton Black for my stash and this will be a great idea when the DH bauks at it, that I will be using up my scraps with it doing this pattern. What a wonderful idea.
    Congrats on the gift of squares. Hope you do find something that will be neat. If you do this pattern, I would lay them out so you get that secondary pattern with the colors flowing thru the quilt such as the Trip Around the World suggestion.[
    QUOTE=Lisa_wanna_b_quilter;6067335]How about this one?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZfnR...F69C28&index=1

    They used 5 inch squares but 4 would work just fine.[/QUOTE]
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    Trip around the world. I can think of tons of quilts you could make. I just don't know all their names.
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    Disappearing nine patch although I think I would add either some red or white to make it "pop" and not be so dark.

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    How about an Irish Chain?
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    How about you put them in a paper bag, shake them, and pull out squares randomly? That would make for a great modern quilt.

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    I really enjoyed making my plus quilt. My avatar. Lots of fun
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    Missouri has several 4 patch videos.

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    Lots of half-square triangles!

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    Try making some pinwheels

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    Chasing Hawk, what you have there is a Disappearing 9 Patch. It's beautiful.

    I was thinking of a Disappearing 4 Patch. Make a 4 patch of lights and darks on opposite corners. Make a cut about 1 inch on each side of each seam. Now flip or exchange the 4 middle pieces that are tiny strips of light and dark, (not the center piece), and sew that resulting 9 patch back together. They are so cute.

    If you sew these resulting squares together as is, you get a secondary pattern.

    Have fun!
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    Not sure you know of this online free magazine. You have to make a login name and password, but it is free.
    http://www.quiltposium.com/

    The summer 2010 issue, pages 78-79 has a good one for your squares. Article name is Just Perfect.

    The author had a cute story to tell about teaching a class in Ann Arbor MI on the day of the UofM/Ohio state big game. She had made up kits for the class using Ohio's colors, not knowing they were Ohio's colors or about the rivalary. LOL
    Jean in MI

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    Maybe a twister? I ordered that template months ago, but have yet to use it!
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    On you-tube in the Missouri Quilt Videos there is a table runner that you use charm packs to make..I just made one and its cute..Good luck

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    If you use half-square triangles your options are limitless as to how you put them together. Have fun.
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    I would just start laying them out - and see what happens - if you have a digital camera, take photos of layouts you like

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    Lynn Roddy Brown has several books out on scrappy quilts. All her patterns would be workable with 4" squares. You can find her books on Amazon.com

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