Friday, April 16, 2010

Turning Twenty 4 x 4

On March 22 I posted a picture of the first "Turning Twenty" quilt that I made from scraps. I liked it so well and found it so easy that I decided to do another one from the mass of fabrics that my friend gave me. So here's the second Turning Twenty, but this time I followed the directions for 4 x 4.

In this arrangement you make the same block, a 16 1/2" square, made up of one 10 1/2" x 6 1/2", one 10 1/2" x 10 1/2", and one 6 1/2" x 16 1/2". But this time you cut each block into four equal parts, and then mix and match the parts in a variety of ways. Five of the new blocks have a 4 x 4 in the center. They're a little hard to see in this picture.

The colours are all kind of "country," greyed blues, beiges, burgundies, etc. I needed to buy only three small pieces to fill out the quilt. I did use a few pieces from my stash, but most of them came from the recent gifting.

I had all the cutting finished before our town club met on Tuesday. That afternoon I sewed the blocks, cut then into quarters, and resewed them all. Thursday at our country quilting group I sewed them into rows. The little white squares are the row labels, to help keep everything in order.

This morning by about 7:30 I had started sewing the skinny edges on, and by 9:15 the rows were all together, and the quilt top halves were made.

The tops of both Turning Twenty quilts are in halves. I like to do the machine quilting while it's in halves, and then put the halves together and finish the quilting in the middle. Saves a lot of hassle.


  1. This looks so much better without the yellow fabric in it! You are so inspiring that I think I too will make another turning twenty sometime look good with a shovel in your hand as well ... I also love your spring bouquet ... so pretty and refreshing! Have a great week! Linda

  2. Your quilts are lovely and you put such time and care into them. You have quite a gift. : )