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“Foursquare” by Jo Morton – Janet Granger’s blog Embroidery

Every now and then I take a break from embroidery and doll houses and make a mini blanket. In a way, they take a nice break – pretty quick and portable, which I often need because I travel a lot.

This quilt comes from a book I recently bought from Amazon Jo’s little favorites 2 , Jo Morton has published several mini quilt books and I love them all! The quilt I’m going to make is the one in the middle on the front page. When you’re done, it’s about 20 x 26 inches.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

I’ve decided to make a few changes to the design shown in the book – I’ll make it a little bit smaller with not so many blocks, and I’ll change the color so mine has more red in it and no blue. This is my planning phase:

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

I don’t sew my quilts together on one machine – I sew them by hand because I love to sew by hand. So I work out the size of each block using the instructions in the book, then draw a full-size paper sample (photocopying multiples if necessary, as this is faster) and then cut out each block pattern from medium-weight paper. Then I cut the pieces of fabric – usually by hand, rather than using a quilt fabric roll cutter, as they are small quilts and it doesn’t take long to cut each piece with scissors.

I use quilt glue (like Pritt Stick, but pink – and it dries clear) instead of gluing the fabric to each piece because it’s very quick and precise.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

This means that each block is dimensioned exactly and I can then decide how I want to put it together.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

I use these nifty little clips when I sew two parts together to hold the edges in place while sewing.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

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Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

When every little block is sewn together, I can put them together into larger blocks to make sure the pattern works.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

This is what the back looks like – you can almost see that I have written “light” or “dark print” on some sample parts so that I know how many of each type have to be cut out of the fabrics. I leave the papers to the end.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

Small blocks are sewn together into strips:

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

… And then the strips are sewn together to form the entire middle panel of the quilt.

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

The back shows this at this point:

Foursquare Mini Quilt Patchwork Jo Morton Book

Now all I have to do is make the wide edge and then tie it before I do the quilting.

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