Many months ago the incredibly organized Mme Samm sent an email out asking for block tutorials for a Block Party on Sew We Quilt.
Seeing as I love a party, I came up with Friendpatch!
Merging two blocks I'm really liking right now, Friendship Star and a Nine-Patch Four Patches (I'm sure there's actually a name to this one but not sure what it is)
I made the block as a 6" block but it is easily changed to 9 or 12. If you need help changing the size email or comment and I'll be glad to help!
(2) 1 ½”x 6” strip - light fabric
(2) 1 ½”x 6” strip - 1 each of the darker fabrics
(2) 1½” x 3” - 1 each of the darker fabrics
(2) 3” squares - 1 each of the darker fabrics
(2) 3” squares - light fabrics
Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
Mark a line diagonally, from corner to corner, on the wrong side of the lighter fabrics.
Layer right sides together with a darker fabric. Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Press too sink in the stitches. Cut in half along the drawn line and press to the darker fabric.
Trim to 2 1/2". You should now have 4 HSTs, two of each of the darker fabrics.
Stitch light 1 ½”x 6” strips to the dark 1 ½”x 6” strip right sides together. Press the stitches while still right sides together. This will help with any waving in your seam. Press open.
Cut across both fabrics into 1 ½”x 2 1/2" strips.
Lay the newly cut 11/2" x 2 1/2" strips together with light over dark, and one of each dark fabrics. Stitch together. Press. Yield 4.
Dark/Dark Four Patches
Stitch 1 ½”x 3” strips right sides together. Press open. Cut across both fabrics into 1 ½”x 2 1/2" strips. Lay the strips right sides together so opposing fabrics are meeting and the seam abutts. Stitch. Press open.
Lay the block out and stitch into rows.
Rows 1 and 3's four patches have dark fabric in the corner closest to the middle.
Row one: four patch, HST (dark fabric down and right), four patch.
Row two: HST (dark fabric up and right) dark four patch, HST ( dark fabric down and left)
Row three: Four Patch, HST (dark fabric up and left) four patch.
Press rows in opposing directions. Stitch together and press well!
I hope you like the block!
Want to see what it would look like with multiple blocks?
And if you reverse half the blocks, so the direction of the HSTs, you get this!