The versatile Four-Patch is a basic block for both new and experienced quilters. Test the accuracy of your 1/4" seams on an easy table runner. This version features fabrics from the Ice collection of Tonga Batiks for Timeless Treasures.
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Inspired by "Orchard Lane" from designer Jill Abeloe Mead

Quiltmaker: Kathleen Williams


  • 4--18x22" pieces (fat quarters) or 3/4 yard total assorted blue batiks (blocks, setting squares)
  • 3--18x22" pieces (fat quarters) or 1/2 yard total assorted gray batiks (blocks, setting squares)
  • 3--18x22" pieces (fat quarters) or 1/2 yard total assorted lavender batiks (blocks, setting squares)
  • 18x22" piece (fat quarter) light blue batik
  • 1/2 yard blue batik (binding)
  • 1-3/8 yards backing fabric
  • 23x71" batting

Finished table runner: 16-1/2x64-1/2"

Finished block: 8" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted blue batiks, cut:

  • 3--8-1/2" setting squares
  • 15--4-1/2" squares

From assorted gray batiks, cut:

  • 1--8-1/2" setting square
  • 12--4-1/2" squares

From assorted lavender batiks, cut:

  • 3--8-1/2" setting squares
  • 3--4-1/2" squares

From light blue batik, cut:

  • 1--8-1/2" setting square
  • 2--4-1/2" squares

From blue batik, cut:

  • 5--2-1/2x42" binding strips

Assemble Four-Patch Blocks

1. Sew together two assorted blue batik and two assorted gray batik 4-1/2" squares in pairs (Diagram 1). Press seams toward blue squares. Join pairs to make a blue-and-gray Four-Patch block (Diagram 2). Press seams in one direction. The Four-Patch block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make three blue-and-gray Four-Patch blocks total.


2. Repeat Step 1 using a light blue or lavender 4-1/2" square in place of one of the gray or blue 4-1/2" squares to make five multicolor Four-Patch blocks total.

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Four-Patch blocks and light blue, gray, and assorted lavender batik setting squares in eight rows.


2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward setting squares.

3. Join rows to complete quilt top. Press seams in one direction.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with blue batik binding strips.