Stitchin' Therapy

stitchintherapy.blogspot.com · Feb 16, 2015

2 patch + 4 patch



I am not starting this project right away....but thought I would share my sleuthing on this.
This pin is all over Pinterest....with no info or original source. It is bright and colorful, yet the photo is sort of misleading. It's a zig-zag pattern, but exactly what block was used? I had to figure out the pattern.
So the detective in me emerged and I began to use my special quilt block vision........
2 4=6.......that is what I needed! A six patch unit to turn into a rail fence variation.







Rail Fence variation using EQ7
Next I went to EQ and drew out the Rail Fence variation. Then I set the blocks into a quilt.....yep, that was it. Instead of 3 strips to form the rails, 2 of those "rails" were composed of 6 squares. It is very easy to put together 6 squares from 2 patches.

By using 2 1/2" squares and a plain strip the block will be 6 1/2" unfinished. If you prefer 2" squares and a plain strip, the block will be 5" unfinished.

The overall setting is just like a traditional rail fence with easy block alternating---on its side and then straight, and repeat.


I pulled out my box of 2 patch and 4 patch pieces to do a test. I keep a stack of squares by my machine to use as leaders/enders, so I have a bit of inventory with which to work. This will be a scrappy version. I think it might be interesting done in color ways for the zig-zags....blue, green, red, purple.....maybe as a future project.
Anyway, mystery solved for the pattern. The Quilting Queen did it in the studio with a rotary cutter! I can put away my detective garb and get back to stitching. I have a baby quilt to design and get busy on.....glad to have a project with the winter storm forecast of snow and ice.....yuck! But wait till you see the blocks......butterfly and strings are in my forecast!
Happy stitching.
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