I thought that was funny. So when I started making these quilts for charity I named them Some Random Four Patch. I don't really know where this pattern came from. It's easy and fast to make, especially with bright novelty prints.
I pull squares randomly from the pile on the left to make a four patch. If two of the squares go together especially well (like the green and the butterflies below) I put them across from each other diagonally. Just my own little system. (I did have a few regular four patches from another project that I put into the quilt above.)
When the blocks are done I usually set them side by side, alternating their orientation (long strips vertical, then long strips horizontal, etc.) which you can see in the unquilted top below. Again, nothing to match but the edges of the blocks.
The blocks measure 8.5 in. unfinished, 8 in. finished. I make 20 blocks for crib-sized quilts, and set them 4 across and 5 down. I usually add a border made from 2.5 in. wide strips (2 in. finished). The quilt measures 36 in. wide and 44 in. long before quilting.
Recently I tried out using red sashing strips for the blocks.
For quilting, I started by doing quilt in the ditch to stabilize everything. I did a 2 in. grid on the quilt with the blue border, and diagonal lines spaced 2 in. apart on the one with red sashings. Of course I used my Davis Vertical Feed treadle for the quilting.
The two quilts in this pattern that are already finished will go to Quilts for Kids (http://www.quiltsforkids.org). They are collecting lots of quilts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The one that isn't quilted yet will go to a local charity through our wonderful Ties That Bind quilt group in Slinger, WI.
If you make one of these, please comment below!