The second one has an adorable whale print.
Notice anything? Of course you do! Both quilts were made with exactly the same pattern. I was in a hurry to use up these fabrics, so I cut myself a kit of each one, based on the Quilts for Kids patterns. These quilts are going to Quilts for Kids to cheer up little ones in hospitals. (To find out more about Quilts for Kids, click here .)
I can't even remember how many 4 patch quilts I've made for Quilts for Kids, starting from a kit they sent me years ago. So I wasn't worried about repeating myself. After all, charity quilts are meant to be made quickly. I'm not doing art here.
But here's a top I finished last weekend:
It occurred to me to worry a little when I found myself sewing so many 4 patches. I've been quilting for 40 years. I know and love lots of other patterns. What the four patch is going on here?
There is a lot to be said for the 4 patch. It is probably the simplest quilt block anyone could make. There are only 4 pieces, all exactly the same size, and only 3 seams. It's got great diagonal movement, depending on how you place the colors.
Generations of children have learned to sew quilts by starting with a four patch. The four patches in the quilt above may very well have been made by a mother and daughter back around 1900. I found them in an antique store and set them into the quilt above. Some were well sewn by hand, and some had to be reinforced with machine stitching before I could use them.
I don't really know why I'm stuck in Four Patch Land at the moment. But now that I know where I am (like on a map where it says You Are Here) I can take a look around and find my way to Somewhere Else.
Wonder where that will be?
I'm wishing you great journeys this week, in quilting and otherwise.