Thursday, March 3, 2016

Four Square

This is one of those quilts that I didn't really like until it was finished.  I started those blocks several years ago and put them away when I wasn't really feeling it anymore.  
A year or so later I pinned this quilt and knew I could make these 4 patch blocks work. 
I used Kona Essex Linen for sashing, and (I know I am going to be in the minority here) it was not my favorite to work with.  I'm not exactly sure what I didn't like about it, maybe the weight, and it definitely frayed easier.  But anyway, it's really pretty.  I do love the way it looks and in the end it turned out really great.

 I quilted figure 8's, my first time trying this pattern.  I used the grid in the quilt pattern as a guide and I love how it turned out.  I will definitely try it again.

I gave this quilt to my in-laws for Christmas.  I feel like it is a mellow enough pattern and fabrics are "neutral" enough to go with just about anything.

Quilt stats:
Size:  67in x 67in
Pattern:  none (each block measured 8.5 inches.  I strip pieced it.  Each strip was 2.5 inches.  I sewed 4 together and then flipped each row). 
Fabric:  4 patch blocks are mostly Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter.  Sashing is Kona Essex linen in Flax.  Binding is Denyse Schmidt, Hope Valley
Batting:  Warm and White.


  1. I find some of my best projects are ones I started and then let them "age" until the inspiration hit again. Pretty, pretty quilt!

  2. It will age as a classic. Did the linen essex wash up soft? or was it noticeably heavier than the cotton? Nice finish.

  3. I really like this and, like you, I've pinned that 16 Patch quilt by Svetlana Sotak too! I also agree about the flax Essex yarn dyed linen - it frays, it stretches and I used it with Liberty and found the combination a little disappointing, kind of dull. I prefer the denim colour but again, the stretch and fray puts me off buying more!
    I'm so glad you still blog. So much better than Instagram! Thanks for taking the time.


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