Guess what I found in my bin of orphan blocks? A handful of Four Patches that finish at 3″ square. They are leftovers from a Civil War reproduction fabric Four Patch exchange I participated in with members of Springfield Quilters Unlimited in Northern Virginia 5 or 6 years ago. High time to put them to good use!
In my box of squares (scrap squares grouped by size) I found plenty of rich country colored 3 1/2″ squares to make a variation of “Too Easy: Stairsteps” shown in the 5 November post. I arranged the Four Patches so that lightest squares would make diagonal paths through the quilt. The gold inner border adds some sparkle. The green and wine print borders enlarge the quilt to 45″ which is the size requested by the Veterans Administration Hospital for its wheelchair patients. The Tarheel Quilt Guild members will visit and give quilts to the patients in December. Most of the patients are male, and I think someone is going to enjoy the warmth of this lap quilt made with a “guy friendly” color palette.
In keeping with the old fashioned looking fabrics, I quilted a time-honored clamshell design, edge to edge.