Double Four Patch

In case you didn’t get the idea from the block name, this was a very quick and easy block to piece. According to The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters, the Double Four Patch is also called Carmen’s Block (Nancy Page, Nashville Banner, July 11, 1933 or December 4, 1934;), Autumn Leaves (Delores A. Hinson in A Quilter’s Companion, 1973), and Four Patch (Carrie Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, 1935). Nancy Page called a slightly different block with half square triangles in place of the large squares Double Four Patch.


You can find patterns for these blocks (some with coloring variations) at the following locations online:

  • http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltblocklotto/ss/january07_lotto.htm
  • http://quilting.about.com/od/blockofthemonth/ss/orange-and-pink-four-patch.htm
  • this video: http://video.about.com/quilting/Make-a-Double-Four-Patch-Quilt.htm
  • This one shows you how to make the blocks using charm packs and how to arrange them into a quilt: http://crookedseams.blogspot.com/2011/01/double-diamond-4-patch-tutorial.html

Now on to my very Christmasy Double Four Patch!

First, I sewed together the eight squares in pairs. I’ll bet you can guess what comes next.

Yep, next I paired up the pairs to make squares! And look, each square has four patches! A double four patch, except it does not make a block yet.

So, I add the glitzy gold squares…

And then I sewed those together – and a block emerged!
You can see how you could make an attractive quilt using just Double Four Patch blocks!
Quilt on!