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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fast blocks from Fat Quarters: St. Louis 16-Patch

I recently found out about the St. Louis 16-patch quilt block that makes up into a wonderful looking quilt. And it's super easy to make from fat quarters. By using a 4" finished block, you end up with a 16" finished 16-patch (4 x 4), or 16 1/2" square unfinished.



From each FQ, cut 4 strips 4 1/2 " x 18" - which should be the width of the FQ. Sew 2 strip sets 1-2-1-2. Then subcut each stripset at 4 1/2" intervals (4 x 4 1/2 = 18" - perfect, no waste),  sew back together to make the 16-patch! This 16" finished block only takes 6 seams!

And you get 2 identical blocks from each pair of FQ. Use these in the same large quilt, or if making lap sized quilts, use 6 or 8 different blocks.

I still don't now if I want sashing between the blocks. I think I saw a Kaffe quilt using this pattern with no sashing, but others had put sashing and it gives it a different look. And for a bed sized quilt, you can put the blocks on point! So many design options!  And what a great way to use up those ugly FQ that have been sitting in your collection forever!