Four Square ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern
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. ;)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!