Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Blocker Cara with her Friendpatch Block

Hi everyone! I'm Cara from CaraQuilts and host of Talkin Tuesday, a twitter chat dedicated to sewing and quilting.

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.

Four Patches

Light/Dark Four patches
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?
Change the light to dark....

And if you reverse half the blocks, so the direction of the HSTs, you get this!

Neat, eh?


  1. A great block! so versatile - I love the last version!

  2. Great tutorial. The last version is really neat. The first version I did years ago and I think it was called Milky Way. I love that pattern. You're right it is easy and so versatile.

  3. This is great and it looks really easy to put together. I love the last version with the reversed blocks. Thanks for sharing!

  4. just want to say thank you Mme Samm for these words "Printer Friendly" at the end of an article. It made my life much easier since I'm not computer savvy. Many times before I have missed articles because I didn't click on the right thing and no copies were made.
    Thank you....Thank you....Thank you.
    A loyal follower. Evita

  5. Hi cara thanks so much for a wonderful block...very different and I like that...Happy Holidays

  6. Good Morning Cara....I suspect many are in lines ups over all over the country for Black Friday...lol
    If they only knew what a delightful Friendpatch block they are missing...no truly a great block...
    Thanks for coming forward..you are a most welcomed delight this black friday of rather spring weather here on the escarpment!

  7. Great block tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you for the block! I like it, but I think a mixed the small square som way, cause my block doesn´t look exactly like yours. Can´t figure out where I did go wrong :)
    Gun, Sweden

  9. Thanks Cara! Great block and love all the options.

  10. Very neat Cara - and great instructions! blessings, marlene

  11. what a nice block to make. this would make a great scrappy quilt!

  12. Hi Cara, Love this tutorial as much as all of your others! Will definitely have to try it. See you on talknt!

  13. What a fun arrangement of basic blocks! Great tutorial - love the third setting with it's secondary pattern of arrows in the background.

  14. Cara, I love all the different things you can do with this block! I'm always more interested in blocks that are versatile -- thanks for sharing the ways you can change this one!

  15. Great tut Cara. I love the differnet ways this goes together.

  16. I love this and would like the info to make 12" blocks.Thanks so much.

  17. This is awesome ! thanks for the nice tutorial !

  18. I'm loving reading all these tutorials! Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  19. This is so neat, I just love the different options!!

    Thanks for the Tutorial!

    Hope you all had a Nice Holiday Week end!

    Huggs, Nancy


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