In Part One of this tutorial, we completed one quilt block. You will now construct three more blocks using the same construction method. Your final blocks will look something like this.
Using different light, medium, and dark fabrics, construct a second block just as you did the first one.
Now construct the remaining two blocks in reverse order of values, using a dark center block, mediums in the middle, and a light fabric for the outer units. Use different fabrics for each of these blocks. Press your seam allowances in the opposite direction of the way your pressed the light center blocks.
You should have four completed blocks.
Take one of your blocks and fold it in half. Finger press the fold and then open the block. Now place a quilting ruler on the fold line and cut the block in half.
Cut both of these units in half.
You should have four 6 ½” blocks. Stack them and set them aside.
Cut the remaining three 13” blocks into quarters as above. Stack them in their individual groups.
Now take one block from each of the four groups. Arrange them so that the center forms a four-patch. Sew the 6 ½” blocks together to form a new block.
Repeat this step three more times. You should now have four new 12 ½” blocks with a four-patch in each center (which inspired the name for this block). Square up your blocks if necessary.
In Part Three we will add lattice, four-patches, and borders to complete the quilt top.