Sew a Simple Baby Quilt with 4-Patch quilt Blocks!


Sew an easy Four Patch Baby Quilt using my free 4 patch quilt block pattern! The four patch quilt block is a basic building block in many quilt patterns, plus it makes a beautiful quilt all by itself.

I placed a downloadble PDF of this quilt pattern in my PDF library of All SewCanShe Printable Blog Tutorials and Patterns. If you wish to print this free quilt pattern without purchasing the library, simply hit CTRL+P (everything you need is included in this blog post). You can get a free PDF file for the Four Patch block pattern only here.

After I wrote the instructions for an easy four patch quilt block, I realized that this block would make an adorable baby quilt that is:

  • super fast
  • totally easy
  • perfect for beginner quilters
  • great for a last minute baby shower gift
  • the perfect size to practice free motion quilting

How to Sew a Four Patch Baby Quilt

These instructions make 16 four-patch blocks. Finished quilt dimensions: 48’’ x 48’’. Finished block size: 12” x 12”. My 4-Patch Block Pattern is also available as a free downloadable file. Get it here.

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 yards background fabric (suggested: light gray fabric)
  • 5/8 yard medium colored fabric (suggested: coral colored fabric)
  • 5/8 yard dark colored fabric (suggested: deep coral fabric)
  • 3/8 yard binding fabric (suggested: navy blue)
  • 2 3/4 yards backing fabric, or enough to piece together a 56” x 56” square
  • a 56” x 56” piece of quilt batting
  • a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and mat
  • thread (I suggest thread matching the light gray fabric)


  • Light Gray fabric: cut 6 strips 6 1/2’’ x width of fabric (40-42’’)
  • Coral fabric: cut 3 strips 6 1/2’’ x width of fabric (40-42’’)
  • Deep Coral fabric: cut 3 strips 6 1/2’’ x width of fabric (40-42’’)
  • Binding fabric: cut 5 strips 2 1/2” x width of fabric (40-42’’)

Sew 16 Four Patch Quilt Blocks:

Use a 1/4’’ seam allowance and a short stitch length such as 1.5-2.

1. Combo #1:
Place a light gray strip and a coral fabric strip right sides together. Sew along one long edge. Open and press the seam toward the coral fabric.

Make 3 strips sets of Combo #1.

Tip: pressing your seams toward the darker fabric enables you to nest the seams in step 4.

Combo #1
Combo #2

2. Combo #2:
Place a light gray strip and a dark coral fabric strip right sides together. Sew along one long edge. Open and press the seam toward the dark coral fabric. 

Make 3 strips sets of Combo #2.

3. Trim the ends of the strip sets to make them even.

Sub-cut each strip set into pieces that are 6 1/2’’ wide.

There will be a bit of fabric leftover from each strip set.

You will need 16 pieces from Combo #1 and 16 pieces from Combo #2.

4. Sew one piece from each strip set together as seen to make a four patch block. Repeat to make 16 blocks.

Assemble the Quilt

1. Sew the 16 4-patch quilt blocks into 4 rows, each with 4 blocks. Then sew the rows together.

2. Cut or piece together a 56’’ x 56’’ piece of backing fabric and make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top. Baste together with fusible batting, pins or basting spray.

3. Quilt as desired. Straight line quilting with your walking foot would be fast and easy. Or practice a free motion design I shared in the Color By Number Quiltalong.

4. Cut 5 binding strips and bind using your favorite method. This is my favorite quilt binding method.


Use this same pattern to make a 58” square throw quilt! Just add 2” sashing in between your blocks and a 2” border. You will need an additional 1 1/8 yards of fabric for the sashing and border pieces. The example above shows sashing and borders cut from the light gray (or other light fabric).

The Four Patch Block is part of our Kitchen Sink Quiltalong

queen size quilt free pattern

Get ready to sew all your favorite quilt blocks this year! This is the year that we are going to sew everything but the kitchen sink in our Kitchen Sink 2022 Quiltalong.

This bold graphic quilt is perfect for learning new quilt making skills that build on one another, or for putting skills you already have into a big beautiful quilt.

Click here to learn about our Kitchen Sink Quiltalong.


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