Friday, January 11, 2013


One of the most popular blocks I have seen is the Shaded Four-Patch.   More and more often I am seeing it in patterns in magazines and online.  

Here are a couple of my projects using the Shaded 4-Patch block.  I have used it many times and always find it fun to work with.

  I wanted to share making Shaded Four-Patch Blocks my way.

Start by cutting 2 squares that measure 2".  Cut two rectangles that measure 2 x 2.75".  Sew these together as you would a 4-Patch.  Press under the rectangles.

Using the EZ Angle Ruler, line up the 1/4 inch seam line just above the corner of the 2 inch corner square.  This eliminates drawing a line on your block.
I do this from the finished side of the piece.  Cut with your rotary cutter.  Reverse the piece and cut the other side the same way resulting in two triangle pieces.

The next step is to take a square that measures 3.75 inches and cut it on the diagonal.

Now attach the triangle to the pieced triangle piece to form the Shaded 4-Patch block.  This one is 3.5" unfinished and will finish at 3" in your project.

I hope this has been helpful.  Using the Shaded 4-Patch is a lot of fun because it lends itself to many different layouts.  This is a very useful block to have in your repertoire of common blocks to use when designing or making a quilt.



  1. Thanks. Sandi. Great tutorial. I don't have the EZangle ruler, so where would I draw a line? Also, do these measurements result in a block the same size as required for Easy Street?

  2. Glad it was helpful, Linda. If you don't have the EZ you can use your regular ruler and line it up the same way making sure to give yourself a 1/4" seam above that intersection. Yes, these are the measurements for Easy Street.

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    1. Thanks, Gayle! Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Awesome tut Sandi...I will give it a try because I really do like this block...c u soon.

    1. Glad you are going to try it, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by the blog.