4 Way Stop Quilt Block Tutorial

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me for my block contribution to Amy’s Virtual Quilting Bee.

4 Way Stop Quilt Block Tutorial

I dubbed my block, 4 Way Stop

I love the variety of blocks in this series. If you’ve missed any of the blocks in this sew-along be sure to check out the Flickr group or Amy’s blog, Diary of a Quilter. You can find out all kinds of great information on choosing fabrics, necessary tools and supplies and all the tutorials for the previous blocks. Did you know I started quilting after making a baby quilt from Amy’s tutorial almost 3 years ago? She’s super nice and full of great info, that Amy!

Hope you enjoy making this cross block which I call 4 Way Stop. It comes together quickly, especially if you chain piece! (PS: Chain piecing is sewing several sets of fabrics together, leaving a thread connecting the fabrics between each set. Simply snip the connecting thread after chain piecing. It saves time and thread!)

3 coordinating fabrics
neutral thread
rotary cutter, ruler and mat

*Sew your pieces together using a SCANT 1/4″ seam. This will ensure that your block is 8.5″ x 8.5″. To sew a SCANT 1/4″ seam, I just move my needle one position over to the right.

Cut your fabrics according to the chart below:

Cut your pieces:
A (4) pieces 3.5″ x 3.5″
B (1) piece 2.5″ x 2.5″
C (4) pieces 1.5″ x 3.5″
D (8) pieces 1″ x 3.5″

Remember, use a SCANT 1/4″ seam! 

1. First sew a D piece to the C piece. Repeat 3 times. Then add the remaining D pieces to the other side of the C pieces. Press all pieces flat.

2. Now, using the picture above, lay out all of your block pieces. Sew an A piece to either side of the DC piece. This makes the top row. Repeat for the bottom row. Press.

3. For the middle row, sew the B piece to DC sections. Be sure to add the B piece to the short ends of the DC sections.

4. Press all seams flat. Now sew the top row to the middle row then add the bottom row.

5. Press all seams flat. Ta-da! Your block is complete!

4 way stop collage 1
Thanks for stopping by! While you’re here, check out all my other tutorials including my popular Quilt Block Round Up: A Collection of Block Tutorials.
Happy Sewing!


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