The Four-Patch Surrounded block comes together quickly with my easy-peasy sew and cut method. I think you will have lots of fun with this one.
The size of the finished block can be determined by the size of your four-patch center. Double the finished center block size and you will have your finished block size. For example, my finished four-patch center is 4 inches in this tutorial, so my finished block will be 8 inches.
Begin by making your four-patch center block, following the directions from the Four-Patch tutorial. Cut a contrasting square of fabric the same size as your four-patch and place it on top, right sides together. Sew down the left and right sides, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Now shift the tube you’ve created so that you see half of the four-patch and half of the singe patch. Quickly match up the seam allowances at the top and bottom center, and finger press a fold at the top and bottom edges of the single patch. Hold the folds in place with your fingers and cut along the fold line as shown.
Your unit should now look like this. (Mine measures 4 ½” x 8”. )
Cut a rectangle of contrasting fabric the same size as your unit. Place it on top of the four-patch unit and sew down the long sides with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Shift the unit as you did previously, with half the four-patch unit showing and half the new single patch showing. Quickly match the seam allowances as above and finger press a fold line. Cut along the fold line as shown.
Square up your completed block. Wasn’t that easy?
One of the exciting things about this block is the log cabin effect it produces when alternated vertically and horizontally, especially if your long strips contrast with each other. Try a little experimentation with color and I think you’ll find lots of pleasing block settings.