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How to: Make a St Louis 16 patch (Beginner friendly, fun and fast!)

I had so much fun making this fun, fast and beginner friendly quilt that I had to share it with you! I found out after sharing some photos on my instagram that it's actually called the St Louis 16 Patch- and of course there are plenty of tutorials out there but I wanted to make one that was super efficient from a fabric perspective (eg uses up almost an entire fat quarter). Plus, the best thing- no background fabric required!

This really is a super speedy quilt- each block took me less than ten minutes and lots of straight line sewing and nested seams means it's perfect if you're a beginner quilter. 


Fabric Requirements:

Floor Pillow (32 x 32") Large Crib (48 x 48") Square Throw (64 x 64") Rectangle Throw (64 x 80") Bed (80"x 80") Super bed (80" x 96") Super duper bed (96" x 96")
Number of fat quarters  4 9 16 20 25 30 36
Number of blocks 2 x 2  3 x 3 4 x 4 4 x 5  5 x 5  5 x 6  6 x 6

Each block is 16" x 16" 

When choosing your fat quarters, I recommend including some low volume ones so that you have some contrast. Other than that, you can go as bright, or subdued as you like!

If you would like to make a quilt using the same fabrics as mine, I have bundles available- click here :-)  

Cutting instructions:

Cut each of your fat quarters into (4) strips which are 4.5" x 21" (this is the length of the fat quarter). Be careful with your cutting as this uses exactly the width of a fat quarter. 

Then, take two strips of fabric from one fat quarter (Fabric A) and two strips of fabric from another fat quarter (Fabric B) and sew together using a 1/4" seam in the following order- A | B | A | B. Press your seams in the same direction.

Trim off the uneven edge and then cut your strips into (4) 4.5” wide pieces. You will have a little bit extra leftover which you can save for scraps. 

You will then have four columns made up of 4 squares each. The columns are 4.5" wide. 

We are then going to flip our second and four columns and sew them together as follows, using a 1/4" seam:

Ta-da! Your first block is complete! You can now repeat this using your other fabrics. You can either choose to have two blocks the same (eg use the remaining 2 strips from each of Colours A and B and sew them together) or you can mix and match- for instance, maybe you want to put Colour A with Colour J!

Let me know if you have any questions and happy sewing! :-) 

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