Four Square ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Four Square quilt is finished, and the rain stopped for a short break on Tuesday to allow me a photo opportunity! I shared some in progress photos of these blocks as I was planning and stitching – here and here. As I mentioned earlier, this quilt was inspired by a shirt I bought this Spring at JCrew. What can I say, all inspiration can’t come from art and architecture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really enjoyed working with what I would call a more “mature” color palette on this quilt. Most of the focal fabrics are from various Carolyn Friendlander collections, with some Cotton + Steel basics and other fabrics from my stash mixed in. The background is a muted white on white (maybe even like a faint foggy color?) print from Cotton + Steel. I’m having fun lately using non solids for the backgrounds, especially when there is more background than focal print in the pattern.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Four Square quilt is lap sized, measuring 58″ x 68″. It has a modern, minimalistic design. I selected the same fabric for all four squares in each block, but I think it would look equally nice as a completely scrappy quilt. The background could also be scrappy, maybe low volume prints? Or a dark background with light squares?

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing and the binding, I used a print from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Mochi collection called Dottie’s Cousin. The backing is teal and the binding is mint.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted it with diagonal lines. In one direction, they are spaced about every 1/2″. In the other direction, they are just 1/4″ on each side of the outer edges of the four square prints.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For those interested in the pattern, it is available in my shop here on my blog, as well as my Etsy shop (for EU customers). I’m suggesting it’s appropriate for advanced beginners, only because it is really important to stitch with a consistent 1/4″ seam. If you’ve made a few quilts (or anything with a sewing machine where a nice consistent seam is important), you will not have trouble making this quilt.

Four Square is already washed up and nice and crinkly, draped over the couch in my sewing room. I hope you will share photos if you make one of your own!



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    Lorna McMahon

    June 25, 2015

    What a gorgeous quilt! Such a simple design, but so effective! Those patches look fabulous in the on point setting. Beautiful design!

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    June 25, 2015

    Very beautiful!

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    Betsy M

    June 25, 2015

    So clean looking! Perfect for summer!

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    June 25, 2015

    Love the minimalistic design. I can easily see this in tonals and darksโ€ฆmmm darks are calling my name lately. You may have mentioned in previous posts but how big are the focal squares? I have some large prints I thought about using but the squares don’t look large enough for that particular fabric, thanks!

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      June 25, 2015

      They are pretty small, if your prints are bigger than an inch, they will be cut up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 25, 2015

    Beautiful quilt, what a clean and sleek look.

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    June 25, 2015

    It turned out great, I love it! And you’re right, it has the potential to be really versatile. Awesome job!

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    Anne Beier

    June 25, 2015

    I really love this quilt. You’ve used the white as a frame to highlight those beautiful fabrics. Lorna beat me to say what I was thinking too; it is so simple looking, and elegant and sophisticated. I changed her wording.
    Great job.
    Happy Fourth of July. It’s my favorite holiday of the year!! We are celebrating our freedom, and that’s really something to be proud, grateful and happy about.

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    June 25, 2015

    This is beautiful! I really like the white on white background print and backing fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Linda S

    June 25, 2015

    Beautiful quilt! I have been watching your progress on this one and it came out lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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    June 25, 2015

    Love it! Just gorgeous! I like the teal and mint combination!!

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    June 25, 2015

    Faith, this is one of my favorite patterns of yours–although I’d be hard pressed to pick my ONE favorite! Have a guilt-free summer with your kiddos!

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    June 25, 2015

    Your quilt is lovely!

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    June 25, 2015

    Love it!

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    Rebecca Grace

    June 25, 2015

    Very pretty, Faith. I’m intrigued by the idea of the print for the background fabric and thinking about taking it to extremes… Like taking a quilt where you would typically have a solid white background fabric and using a bolder, multicolored print for the background with contrasting solid color (like black or white) for all of the squares? So that it would sort of juxtapose one pattern on top of another. Hmmm…

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    June 25, 2015

    A super-beautiful quilt. I love its apparent simplicity, which belies the complexity and detail. And I’m watching you closely (!) as you show-and-tell your color schemes, an area where I’m desperate to improve.

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    Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios

    June 29, 2015

    Such a lovely quilt. The colors on the white make it look so fresh and so clean.

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    July 12, 2015

    I just love this site, so full of inspiration and so much sharing. I am a newbie and would like to make a bed runner, and looking for a pattern or ideas. I have made a small table runner. Does anyone have any pattern ideas? I need color help too!