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Summer 2023 Scrap Along Challenge - Sewing 4-Patch units

Welcome to the Summer 2023 Quilt Along Challenge. This summer I’m challenging myself to empty as many of my scrap bins of fabric as I can and make quilts for charity. I'm challenging you too!

Check the previous posts below for more information.

If you are joining me, we’ll be using 2 1/2” squares and 6 1/2” squares. These measurements include the 1/4” seam allowance and should be measured from the outside edge of the fabric.

Have you sewn all your 342 pairs of 2 1/2" square together? Nope? Don't worry, neither have I.

I'm taking this challenge slow and steady. My main challenge is to empty a tub or two of fabric scraps and fold up yardage (more than 1/2 meter), cut 2 1/2" strips and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. These will now be much more manageable and I'll be able to breath just a little bit more ... the panic of all these tubs can be overwhelming!

Step 4:

Sew 2 pairs together.

Rotate the units so that the seam allowances nest.

Press the seams so the center spirals. You'll need a little bit of effort to pull the stitching apart in the seam allowances. I'll also use a seam ripper to snip a few stitches, then finger press the seams so they all rotate or spiral around the center seam. I then flip the whole thing over to give a good press with my iron.

Why go to all this effort in pressing? I find the seam allowances will lay flatter and when we get more than a couple of fabrics joining at the same spot, there is fabric and thread build up. Pressing this way helps to reduce the bulk in these seam intersections.

You will need 112 sets of 4-patch units

We'll use the rest of the sewn pairs for the next step.


I’ve suggested that you arrange and press the seams so they nest and twist in the center, but this takes time and often, I’m too lazy to take the time to press carefully. Don’t worry. The quilt will still look fabulous no matter how you press. I though this would be a great opportunity to learn and practice a new skill!


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