Four Squared Quilt

four square cover

Hello, again from northern Virginia!  I’m Polly from Aunt Polly’s Porch, with a fun and fast quilt just in time to put out for spring! I used the bright and graphic “Half Moon Modern” collection from Moda!


one jelly roll
one charm pack
2 yards coordinating solid fabric
4 yards backing
1/2 yard for binding

From coordinating yardage, cut 19 strips 2 1/2” by width of fabric


Sub-cut 12 of those strips into 8 1/2” pieces (56 for quilt)


Sub-cut the remaining 7 strips into 4 1/2” pieces (56 for quilt)


Sort jelly roll strips into groups of 4 strips of different colors/values.


Sew the 4 strips together and press seams to one side or open, your choice!
Repeat this with all the groups of four strips.


Sub-cut each strip set into 2 1/2” pieces.


Mix up the pieces and sew 4 of these strips together to create a 16 patch block.
Repeat to make 28 of these 16 patch blocks.


Next, select 14 of the charm squares and trim them to 4  1/2” square.


Take the other charm squares and cut them in half.


Sort these 2  1/2” by 5” halves into pairs and sew them together on the long sides.
Don’t press the seams at this point!  Leave them closed!


Cut this unit in half.  Don’t press seams now, either!


Match up 2 of these half units mixing colors/values and sew together, making 28 four patches.


Make sure the seam allowances are flipped to different sides so that center seam lines up perfectly.
(This is why we didn’t press those seams earlier!)  Now we know which way to press those seams!!


Sew one 4  1/2” coordinating solid strip to opposite sides of the 4  1/2” charms squares,


and also to opposite sides of the four patches.  Press seams toward solid strips.


Next, sew one 8 1/2” strip to opposite sides of these units and press seams to solid strips.



Arrange blocks into 8 blocks across by 7 blocks down. 
Alternate 16 patch blocks by solid surround blocks.


Alternate the single center square blocks with the
four patch center blocks between the 16 patch blocks,
or place them completely randomly!


Sew the blocks together across each row, then sew the rows together.


Press the top well, then layer with your batting and backing!


Quilt as desired!  I free-motioned a simple meander all over!


From the binding fabric, cut six strips 2  1/2” by width of fabric.


Sew the strips together with your favorite method, then fold in half and press!


Sew the binding onto the front side of the quilt edges by machine,
then flip and sew down by hand.


Don’t forget the label!!  The quilt is all done!!

Now...what to do with the leftover blocks???

I have 12 leftover four patches and enough leftover white to
add the white surround to finish those blocks and 12 leftover
sixteen patch blocks!

You could make the above quilt larger if you wanted to,
but I decided to take eight of each block and using the
same alternating design,

make a long skinny quilt that can be used as a bed runner
or a table runner.  I had just enough of the backing green
and white print to put on the back of the runner, too.
And I used white scraps to bind it!

After that, I had 4 of each block left, so I again
used the same alternating design and sewed them
together make two 16"square  pillows.

I actually like the bed runner and pillows
using the back side, too!!

one luscious quilt,  65” by 57"

two 16" square throw pillows

one 16" by 80" table or bed runner


Yogi and I can’t wait for you to come visit our blog!!  Smile

Polly Monica


DAWN said...

The printer friendly link does not work. Bummer too, because I really wanted to print it out and start making a baby quilt using the patttern!

Cajame said...

A lovely quilt, with a great tutorial to match. Plus - the dog sets it off quite beautifully :)

Katy Cameron said...

Yup, please fix the printer friendly link for this!

~Niki~ said...

*sew* fresh. love this.

MandMStudio said...

Lovely gonna have to try this :)

Sherry said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I plan on making this one real soon.

Anita said...

GORGEOUS! Love the pattern and have added it to my list of try's! Thanks Aunt Polly!

Michelle said...

I had just been looking for a pattern for the jelly roll and charm pack I bought of Tend the Earth last week and couldn't find one. I knew one would come up eventually that I could use. This one is sweet!

GeeMa said...

So cute! Love the Westie.

Lesley said...

What a lovely spring project. Well done with an excellent tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Kell said...

Beautiful quilt. I just happen to have a jelly roll and charm pack I can use. Thanks for the tutorial.

The Bear's Blog said...

Truly a work of art.

Sinta Renee said...

Seriously Polly! Your quilt is soo so cute! I really love it and the directions are printing right now! I think my Hullabaloo JR will be a fun version to try it in:) Love it/thanks!!!

Rosa said...

Awesome quilt and great tutorial.Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

I love jelly roll quilts, they are my absolute favorite! I can't wait to get started!

Needled Mom said...

Cute quilt and great tutorial.

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Joan said...

Beautiful quilt with a great tutorial! Yogi looks so cute. Congratulations!

sandra said...

Such a sweet quilt and the tutorial looks really easy that even I could do it.

pinsandneedles said...

Very cute and seems pretty easy! Love that combination! Thanks Polly!

ultraorganized said...

A really professional quilt and lovely colors -- the dog is cute too - thanks for a great tutorial :) Terry

Jen said...

Beautiful! It leaves me longing for spring.

bmom said...

Love this quilt style and the white/off white background. Yogi is so cute.

Tora Consolo said...

So lovely, and such fun - can't wait to start making one.

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful! And oh, there is Yogi showing off his stuff!!

nettie said...

What a bright and cheery quilt! Great tutorial and I was able to save this pattern as PDF for later use.
Thank you so much!

heartsease54 said...

Lovely quilt & your tutorial was great too. This one's a keeper.

Michelle said...

I LOVE IT! I'm putting it on my list!

Helen L said...

Love this one: looks so fun to try!!

Georgi Sears said...

LOVE LOVE this quilt! It's going to the top of my to-do list :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Lily said...

Lovely gonna have to try this :)
marble top dining table

Karen said...

Wow, lovely quilt! Such a striking design, I'll definitely give it a go! :-)

kellygirl said...

Super cute and exactly what I was looking for! My niece will love it! I've got the charm pack and jelly roll parts done, just need to add the white! There is a lot of leftover parts and pieces but I'm sure I can find something to do with them!

Sara McBride said...

The quilt is lovely, however the instructions weren't explained very well and I found I had way too many pieces left over. Such a waste of fabric! You could use the left over jelly roll 4 pieces to make the charm pack 4 squared piece instead of cutting up a charm pack. And while assembling the blocks I had to go back a re-cut more of the 56 solid pieces because it wasn't enough! Didn't seem like the instructions were very well thought out. I had many questions a long the way....and I'm an intermediate seamstress and quilter. She should have explained things more.

Lynne said...

I agree that this is a lovely quilt. However, the instructions with the pattern are very unclear and even incorrect. You told us to make 28 4 square patches, but then we only used 14 of those. You also told us to make the 4 strip sets from all of our jelly roll pieces and then we had 25-30 of those strips left over. It was very frustrating to waste so much fabric and so much time. Please correct the instructions for others to use in the future. Thanks.

Lynne said...

Did anyone from the Moda Bake Shop actually make up this quilt? Very poor instructions in the pattern that could have been discovered and corrected had the quilt really been made. I was disappointed.

mathangie said...

Is anybody going to fix this pattern?


Moda Fabrics said...

The chef has updated the instructions. Thank you.

Amy C said...

Do you know if a Layer Cake could be used to make this pattern?

pcflamingo said...

I have made several of these quilts and I paid little attention to the instructions. I just used my 2 1/2" squares from the basket behind my sewing machine where I toss such things and then cut 4 1/2" squares from my bin of novelty fabrics or florals or whatever depending on the target of the quilt. I just keep making the two different type squares until I have enough for whatever size person is going to get the quilt (baby or big child or adult lap size).

Laura said...

I am just finishing this quilt, however the instructions are still incorrect. I have 14 (4) patch squares left over…I hate to have wasted all of that fabric. It is a gorgeous quilt and simple to make, but someone really needs to update this pattern. I also had to go back and cut more of the solid fabric, as someone said below.