two by four – a quilt block tutorial


So, it seems there’s interest in the measurements for this block (It wasn’t actually a trick question – I really did want to make sure there was enough interest before taking the time to put together a tutorial! And, well, it got a lot of you to comment, so there’s that…)

I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial and will pull out some fat quarters to give this block a try! It’s fun to make and goes together quite quickly!

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Block size: 9″ x 10 1/2″ (unfinished)

A few points to keep in mind:

*measurements provided are ideal for fat quarters, but yardage could be used as well
*non-directional prints work best — directional prints can be used of course, though keep in mind that the design will be upside down on half the block
*each pair of fat quarters yields 6 blocks (I used 18 fat quarters included in Melissa Ybarra’s Blush & Bloom line, along with a few extra solid strips, for a total of 56 blocks arranged in a 7 block by 8 block layout)

ready, set, go!

From each fat quarter, cut 3″ strips along the long (22″) edge of the fat quarter. You can cut 6 – 3″ x 22″ strips from each fat quarter.

Pair each strip with a strip of a different fabric (I think they look great when they’re coordinating, but have different values so you can see the checkerboard look – I mostly paired a print fabric with a solid or near solid, but play around with it to see what you like best!)


Sew the two strips together along the length and press the seam


Cut in half – I cut my pieces into roughly two 10 1/2″ sections.


Sew these two pieces together, repeating the pattern (print, solid, print, solid, for example) and press


Trim one edge, then cut two sections measuring 4 3/4″ (look – very little waste!)


Flip one section and sew together. Pin at each seam, or keep an eye on the seams as you’re sewing to make sure they’re aligning correctly.

Note: Keep in mind that how you flip and sew your sections will determine the look of the final block – above you’ll note that I kept the print at the top left, and if you were making a quilt with alternating prints and solids and wanted to keep that pattern across the quilt, you’d want to make sure to keep it the same for each block (ie – always keep the print in the top left when sewing these sections together).


If you flip it the other way, the solid will be in the top left.

[In my quilt I decided to sew my blocks randomly, so you’ll see sections where the blocks are put together and prints are aligned with other prints, rather than always alternating with a solid]


Sew together and press, and ta da, block #1. Repeat for as many blocks as you need for your desired quilt size.

To speed up the process, make several blocks at once and chain piece. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this top will come together!


I’d love to see what you create! Use #2x4quilt on Instagram so I can take a look.



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63 Responses to two by four – a quilt block tutorial

  1. 1
    svetlana says:

    Fabulous, thanks for sharing.

  2. 2
    Diane says:

    Thank you for sharing this thorough tutorial for a fun pattern

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    Sally says:

    Thanks for this! I keep buying FQs without a plan. This seems like a perfect solution!

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    Katie says:

    Thanks for taking time to post this. It’s just the kind of project I’ve been needing to get me using up a bunch of random fat quarters and sewing without a massive plan! Your quilt is cheery and lovely, and I think mine will be too.

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    Alison Wood says:

    I like the fact that the blocks are rectangular for a change, and I LOVE the fact that there is so little wastage of fabric! Great colour combinations and a truly Spring-like quilt – thank you for sharing your quilt and method.

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    Patti says:

    Great block! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tonya A says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial 🙂

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    Judi says:

    Thank you for doing this!

  9. 9
    Grace Patane says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! I think I might have to try this one!

  10. 10
    Teagan says:

    So lovely! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

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    Kathy says:

    Thanks for taking the time to put together the tutorial for this. I can also see the ‘scrap busting’ virtue of this block, but moreover, your result was lovely.

  12. 12
    Pam Arbour says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is perfect for so many types of quilts from scrap to planned.

  13. 13
    Patti Parks says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I am grabbing fat quarters now to start this one! I have enjoyed your blog for several years & love it!

  14. 14
    Marla says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write the tutorial and share it!

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    Hedy Hahn says:

    I want to commend you on a lovely tute. You made it easy and I think I would like to make this. I am wondering what white would look like for the solid color with very bright jazzy fabrics ? Hmmm, have to think about that

  16. 16
    Lynnette says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Again, lovely quilt.

  17. 17
    Dorothy says:

    I was one of the many that asked for the measurements—Thank you very much

  18. 18
    Diana says:

    Perfect! Thanks so much

  19. 19
    HeatherK says:

    Thank you! I love the look of this and can’t wait to start one.

  20. 20
    Amy L says:

    Thanks, Ashley. I have some random Tula Pink fabrics that will play well with this block.

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    Cynthia says:

    Thank-you…I’m going to try this out on a donation quilt. I like simple.

  23. 23
    Pat S says:

    This is great. Thanks for sharing.

  24. 24
    Jennifer says:

    That is genius. Thanks for the information.

  25. 25
    Missy says:

    I love that there is almost no waste! What is the finished size of your quilt using 18 fat quarters?

  26. 26
    Garilyn says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing!

  27. 27
    Beth D says:

    Thank you! I am Absolutely doing this–get rid of a bunch of FQs I don’t have other plans for-get them off my shelves and into a quilt!!!

  28. 28
    Diane E. Dodd says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I think the quilt is so beautiful it makes me smile.

  29. 29
    Jeannie says:

    WOW!!! Love it.

  30. 30
    barbara says:

    love your quilt

  31. 31
    erin says:

    Thank you, Ashley! I so appreciate you taking the time to make the tutorial, especially with three little kids to take care of. xoxox

  32. 32
    Donna says:

    So excited to make this quilt. Yours is just lovely. Thanks for the tutorial!

  33. 33
    Susan says:

    Excellent! Straightforward design, very clear directions and a great result. I will make this a number of times from stash fabrics. Thank you.

  34. 34
    Paige says:

    What a great stash buster! Thank you for the block tutorial!

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    Lu says:

    Sweet! I appreciate you taking the time to post the tutorial. Thank you so very much!

  36. 36
    Pattymae says:

    Wonderful! I appreciate this tutorial and your quick response to let me know that it was available. I signed up for email notification on new posts and look forward to reading them.

  37. 37
    Carole says:

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. It’s a really cute quilt.

  38. 38
    Iquo says:

    Thanks for sharing. I plan to use this pattern for my Orphan fat quarters.

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    Lula Mells says:

    Thanks for sharing your pattern.I cant wait to try it.

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    Adela Wiley says:

    Great use of scraps too…..Thank You for sharing

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    Mert says:

    I can’t wait to get started on this one and use up some of my material. Thanks for sharing. I want to make it for my first great grandbaby in neutral colors.

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    Jean says:

    I thank you! <3 I'm going to make this now!!-Jean <3

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    MaryLou says:

    Wonderful quilt – thank you so much for sharing the instructions for making one..
    great use of fat quarters… love it..

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    M Elsey says:

    What a great simple block, have several fat quarters that would look great using this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing.

  47. 46
    Robin says:

    This is beautiful! I wonder if it would be a good way to use cotton lawn fabric. Might need a regular cotton border to stabilize it, now you’ve got me thinking lol 🙂

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    Debbie Y says:

    Appreciate you sharing this pattern! I had 2 jelly rolls so that’s what I used when I made my quilt, turned out great! Really fast too!

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    jody deschenes says:

    i love fat quarters, little waste & tricks that make blocks go together fast…i’m gonna need to do this with one of my many FQ stacks!

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    Kathleen says:

    Would this cute pattern be too boring using just two colors?

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    Mary Jo Schneider says:

    Loved this tutorial, but found it was harder to get a good color/value balance than I thought. I started with Art Gallery’s Charleston bundle, and added a few strips of ombre fabric, but there were too many lights, so I set some of the blocks aside. So I added some In Blue fabrics, and some Dear Stella Moon Garden prints. I ended up with two quilts–a light and airy 6 by 7 block version, and a bolder 7 by 8 version. The ombre strips worked well for this. Absolutly delighted! Thanks.

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    Gail Rodgers says:

    I love making 2 x 4 quilts! Almost every quilt I make is based on a finished 4″ square, 2″x4″ rectangle and a 2″ square. I always cut leftover quilting fabric or scrap fabric I find into those sizes. It doesn’t resist what I can quilt as I still have more ideas that I can accomplish in a lifetime!

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    jamie says:

    could i use a jelly role for this even though its 2 1/2″ i would just have to change the measurements right?

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    Kimberly Anne Brandt says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, just found it this beautiful May day in 2018 but it is a real inspiration! Fabulous quilt! Happy Sewing.

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    Katie says:

    Thank you for tutorial!!! I love the look of these quilts!!!

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    Heather says:

    I can’t wait to use my fat quarter collection to make this quilt! I may also use the 2×4 block to create some hand bags as well. Thank you!

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    Patricia Saad says:

    I appreciate the time you’ve taken to make this tutorial!

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