Have you purchased your copy of Bonnie Hunter’s new book, More Adventures with Leaders and Enders?
Several months in advance of publication, I began making Four Patches from 1 3/4″ scrap squares as leaders and enders as I pieced other quilt projects. I just had the feeling that Bonnie’s new book would have several projects that called for scrappy Four Patches. I was not disappointed.
I am drawn to “Narragansett Blues,” pictured at the bottom right corner of the book cover, and “Four-Patch X.” Since I didn’t have the 287 dark/light Four Patches needed for “Naragansett Blues,” I opted for “Four-Patch X.” I pinned the Four Patches I had made in compatible groups of five each and tucked them into a project box. (“Four-Patch X” also appeared in Quiltmaker Sept./Oct. 2010 in Bonnie’s “Addicted to Scraps” column.)
I had two fat quarters of bright yellow and yardage of black Kona cotton to make the triangles for the block as shown in Bonnie’s quilt. I had to change the measurements of the yellow and black triangles since I am using different size squares than the pattern calls for. Mathematically, there is enough yellow in two fat quarters for 24 blocks. Hooray, that will make a nice size lap quilt! I cut 5 1/4″ yellow squares, and then I cut them on both diagonals, making 4 triangles. This cutting method insures I’ll have straight of grain on the sides of the blocks with no stretchy bias edges. For the block’s corner triangles, I cut black 3 1/2″ squares. I cut these in half on one diagonal. Both the yellow and the black triangles are way over-sized, but this will make squaring up easier once I complete all the blocks.
My project box contains a lot of Four Patches with yellow or gold squares. I plan to use them in the center of the X or reserve them for a pieced border. The block is more dramatic if yellow squares aren’t adjacent to the yellow triangles.
Do you have a Leader/Ender project? Are you using squares or triangles?