Thursday, February 22, 2007


Charm Square 4 Patches

Several have asked about my charm square four patches. Here's a quick tutorial.

Sew two different 5" squares (right sides together) a 1/4" on opposite sides.




Cut them apart - in the middle - you now have two 2 1/2" units.




Press them open and sew two units together; again right sides together a 1/4" seam allowance on opposite sides.






Now cut those units apart in the middle and you have two four patches per pair of 5" charm squares.


4" finished



I know this is not a new technique but it's a refresher; as so many of us are trying to figure what to do with those 5" charm packs. :-)
If my explanations are not clear please let me know and I'll be happy to answer your questions.

14 comments:

Nadine said...

Refresher ??? I didn't even know about that nice technique five minutes ago ! THANKS, Darlene !
(I just LOVE tutorials, because I'm a visual learner, and you're very good at it !)
Will have a try soon !

Biiiig hugs & smiles !
NADINE.

Vicky said...

Ahhhhhh, so that's how it's done! Thanks for 'splaining!

I'm going to play with charms this weekend. Those would count as stashbusting, right? LOL

Libby said...

Well, you are just a clever girl. Your tutorial is great - now I want to cut some 5" patches and get to work. I have no suggestion on what to do -- I'll just wait until someone else comes up with a cool idea *s*

May Britt said...

Thanks Darlene. I did not know about this way to do them. Hugs

Pam said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I had never seen that technique and I have 2 packages of charm packs. I am loving them and hope to buy more. Of course I couldn't grasp the concept at first but when I enlarged the picture I completely understood.

I'm sorry I missed your 101st post - congratulations :)))

Carol said...

Great tutorial...I always forget to do that. Thanks for refreshing my pitiful memory.

Sweet P said...

I have some nickel squares that I may just use to make four patches. I love your 16 patches. Looks like you've been having lots of fun.

Dawn said...

Yup, I've done that! Isn't it fun!

Wendy said...

I love to see ideas for the charm packs. I might try the 16 patches that looks really cute. A couple of week ago I finished making 160 4 patches using the method you shared, it's fun and so easy.

Conni Lu said...

I didn't know about this way to use charms and I love to buy them and I have lots. This is a wonderful new way to put them to use.

Diana said...

What a great idea! I've never seen this done before--and what a great idea for using charm packs. Hmmm, I do have a couple of those somewhere in my stash....

Chookyblue said...

Have just got some charm packs and was wondering what to do. Great idea. So you don't even cut off the edges?
Thanks

mommi said...

I think your blog is great. I dont see those as refreshers for me, I like to go around and gather info. Im learning how to quilt, so this is wonderful. Plus I love the content of your blog. I learn so much. thank you.

mommi

Suze said...

Learn something new every day.....

You are really moving along.

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