Two Patch Units, A Simpler Charming Way

It isn’t hard for me to be an idiot, I can often take it to an art form, LOL!!  Such was the case recently, when I came up with the marking idea for the Twist, using 2-1/4-inch lines.  In the comments, reader Linda reminded me of an even simpler method that requires no marking at all!    I have actually done this, but it was long ago and I totally forgot about it.  So, here it is.  If you haven’t gotten to this step in your Twist Mystery, here’s an even better idea to get the units using your 5-inch charm squares.

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Place a 5-inch scrap with a 5-inch background square right sides together, and sew one side with a quarter inch seam.  This has to be accurate, so using a flanged quarter inch foot is very helpful.

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Now, turn the unit around and sew the same seam on the opposite edge.

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Cut in half, using the 2-1/2-inch line on your ruler.

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Rotate the pieces and cut in half again, at 2-1/2-inches.

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Voila, done.  No marking needed.

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OK, so that was my ‘duh’ moment for this week.

A visit to Ashe County Piecemakers

I have an speaker program announcement this morning. I have just completed the expansion of my speaker program Decisions, Decisions with the addition of projected images so everyone can see clearly even in large groups.  Now available, my second program on “Scrap Dancing”, features my Scrap Dance pattern line, along with free patterns and ideas to use up the bits and pieces left over from other projects.  This program will primarily cover cotton quilting fabrics, small projects and improv ideas.  See my Speaker Programs page for more information.  I am willing to drive a reasonable distance from Western NC, either as a day trip or one overnight.  Contact me to get on my schedule, I do still have times available this year.

So, what are you working on this week?  Have you ever learned something new that you’ve known all along?

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15 thoughts on “Two Patch Units, A Simpler Charming Way

  1. Pat

    Learning “new” old things everyday and sometimes making “new” old friends! It’s ok. Rediscovery can have a serendipity all its own.

  2. I think I am the queen of making the simple things hard. If someone tells me it is easy, I immediately go into panick mode because I can misread everything! LOL I did wonder why you didn’t use that technique, but it doesn’t matter. I got mine done in no time.

  3. Mary Stori

    Good for you…..going digital for lectures and workshops was career altering. The learning curve and cost way back then was steep, but the benefit for my audiences was immeasurable. Yours will benefit greatly too.

  4. Thank you for the “duh” moment post! We all have them and it is good to keep things real. 😀
    I did finish piecing my units, just have to cut and press before I post them on IG. @susansquiltstudio

  5. farmquilter

    Now, if we are making 4P’s with these 2P’s, couldn’t we only cut them in half once, press and then put a partner 2P on top, sew those 2 seams and then cut those in half?? Am I making any sense??

      1. Linda

        Farmquilter is correct. You can make 2 four patches at a time using this method. Sew your seams on opposite sides of the 5 inch squares. Cut at 2 1/2 inches measuring from the sides where the seam was sewn. Instead of cutting again across making 4 two patches, press the two units open so that you have two 4 1/2 by 5 inch rectangles. Put one rectangle on top of the other so that opposite colors are touching. Nestle the seams together especially on the ends. Pin if necessary. Making sure that you sew on the FIVE INCH SIDE, sew on the two opposite sides like you did before. When you cut these in half, you will get 2 four patches! You can make them all different by varying which two rectangles you put together if you have used different squares to begin with. You will still get two patches that are the same from each set, but you can still have a large variety.

        P.S. there is a way to do a nine patch using this method.

  6. Rosemaryflower

    Carole, this is great.
    yep, I am good at being stupid too, but remember, we are also full of brilliance
    I enjoyed making the Scrap Dance quilt top.
    Happy Week-end

  7. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    We all have duh moments, Carole, so it’s refreshing to know we are in good company!! Thanks for your tutorials. Sometimes I forget that I know things….LOL!

  8. Ingrid

    I saw this on a YouTube video ages ago using 10” squares but totally forgot about it until your post here. It’s genius isn’t it! So easy and productive all at once and isn’t that what we like! I’m all caught up. Can’t wait for the next instalment! Thankyou.

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