Here you can see that two corners have 4 patches and the other two have rails.
If you go with an odd number of blocks you can have all four corners alike.
Then you need to decide if you prefer 4 patches or rails in the corners.
The decision you make on these preferences affects the total number of blocks of each type you will have to make. These are not the only layouts that you can do. Look at my previous post HERE for some others. I have a few more to share later. It has been interesting to see how playing with two simple blocks can give so many design options.
OK, are you ready to start cutting?
For your 4 patch blocks cut 3" wide strips. You will need them from 2 contrasting fabrics.
For your rail blocks cut 1 3/4" wide strips from 4 different fabrics.
Now you have to decide if you want to do strip piecing or cut individual sized pieces to sew together. If you choose the latter cut the 3" strips into 3" squares. The rail fabrics will need to be cut into 5 1/2" lengths.
Which way you choose for assembly is up to you. I have done it both ways. For the smaller projects I don't think it makes much difference in the time. For a larger project I am using the strip construction method. I am making three different sizes and will be sharing them with you later.
Here is the number of pieces you need for the following sizes. Like I said you can make it any size you would like but the yardage and number of pieces to cut will change.
3" STRIPS 1 3/4" STRIPS
2 FABRICS 4 FABRICS
4 PATCHES RAILS
3" Squares 5 1/2" Lengths
WALL 16 8
RUNNER 32 16
LAP 120 60
QUEEN 324 161
Black, White & Red
85" x 95"
QUEEN 320 160
80" x 100"
Now one more option is to change the size of the blocks. Maybe you would like to use Charm squares or a Jelly Roll. That's fine. It's your quilt so make it how you would like it to be. I will be back with some more hints for design layouts. I will also have a link for my Flicker Group so you can share what you are doing. I can't wait to see what you do with the design!