Monday, February 16, 2015

2 patch + 4 patch


   I am not starting this project right away....but thought I would share my sleuthing on this.
  This pin is all over Pinterest....with no info or original source.  It is bright and colorful, yet the photo is sort of misleading.  It's a zig-zag pattern, but exactly what block was used?   I had to figure out the pattern.
  So the detective in me emerged and I  began to use my special  quilt block vision........
2+4=6.......that is what I needed!    A six patch unit to turn into a rail fence variation.






Rail Fence variation using EQ7

  Next I went to EQ and drew out the Rail Fence variation.  Then I set the blocks into a quilt.....yep, that was it. Instead of 3 strips to form the rails, 2 of those "rails" were composed of 6 squares.   It is very easy to put together 6 squares from 2 patches.

   By using 2 1/2" squares and  a plain strip the block will be 6 1/2" unfinished.    If you prefer 2" squares and a plain strip, the block will be  5" unfinished.

The overall setting is just like a traditional rail fence with easy block alternating---on its side and then straight, and repeat.


    I pulled out my box of 2 patch and 4 patch pieces to do a test.  I keep a stack of squares by my machine to use as leaders/enders, so I have a bit of inventory with which to work.   This will be a scrappy version.  I think it might be interesting done in color ways for the zig-zags....blue, green, red, purple.....maybe as a future project.  
   Anyway, mystery solved for the pattern.  The Quilting Queen did it in the studio with a rotary cutter!  I can put away my detective garb and get back to stitching.   I have a baby quilt to design and get busy on.....glad to have a project with the winter storm forecast of snow and ice.....yuck!  But wait till you see the blocks......butterfly and strings are in my forecast!
Happy stitching.  

24 comments:

liniecat said...

In your hands those humble squares always end up looking stunning!

Gene Black said...

It is so simple but so lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I hate when they don't give credit to the source on Pinterest. I have seen this before and think it may actually be one of Eleanor Burns 'Quilt in a Day' patterns from way back.

Pauline G said...

Well done for doing this - I loved it when I saw it but could not find a pattern - thanks

Susan said...

Oh, how sweet........ And thank you for doing the math for us..........

Calicojoan said...

I love it! What fun to see a photo and figure it out.

Mary said...

What a great scrap project!

Jan said...

How clever! This is indeed a cool scrappy design - have fun sewing through the storm.

Janet O. said...

Thanks for sharing the solution with us! This may have to be in my future, too--along with a zillion other quilts! *LOL*

Mystic Quilter said...

Such a good idea for scraps.

Terri said...

It's a striking quilt. Why did you need EQ7?
Hugs

KatieQ said...

You really are a super sleuth. Thanks for sharing your solution. It 's another great way to use the never vanishing pile of scrapes at my house.

Vicki in MN said...

Thanks for posting your thoughts, I too had seen it and loved it! It's on the someday list!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love this quilt - thanks for figuring it out! Perfect scrap buster that looks complicated but really isn't - right up my alley.

Ann Mensinger said...

If found in shades of 2 different colors. Would you know how many different ones I should use n how much fabric to buy for queen size?

leeb678 said...

Thanks so much for sharing. It's a beautiful quilt.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your effort! I'm a new quilter and your kind sharing is appreciated.

Tessa Bonvouloir said...

Others have said it before but, thank-you so much for publishing this pattern. I saw it many times on pinterest and couldn't figure it out...It truly is easy and will make a super scrape quilt...a million thanks.

Chris O said...

The pattern is called Dublin from Villa Rose Design. And I love it and made some with 2-1\2 inch strips.

Chris O said...

The pattern is called Dublin from Villa Rose Design. And I love it and made some with 2-1\2 inch strips.

liliana beer said...

Muchas gracias por l publicacion de este patron

---"Love" said...

The quilt is very pretty! The white rail really gives it sparkle! Thanks for sharing the plan; shouldn't be too difficult for me maybe. ---"Love"

Gayle said...

Beautiful....

Anonymous said...

Thanks! We're doing it as a lotto block and your directions are nicely clear.

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