Here's the fabric, before it was cut up:
Added July 21--This was actually the second 4-patch quilt I made with the red/white/black fabric. Here's another, which I also like, but not as much as the one with white sashing. Some of the individual blocks are especially nice; my favorites are the bottom right corner and the left hand column, two center blocks.
And here are some other 4-patch quilts I've made. I think the multi-color sashing is a big plus in this one, which went to my sister.
I made this one for my friend Kay. There's a photo of the fabric before cutting at the end of this post.
The next one won a prize in the local quilt show a few years ago. I was surprised, because it's a pretty straightforward rendering of a simple pattern. I think the judge had seen so many of these in floral prints, that she rewarded the use of a different type of fabric. And I do think the black and white sashing was a good choice. I originally tried out various bright colors, but the predominantly white fabric works well with the multi-color blocks.
Here's a photo of the original fabric (on the right) and some of the blocks:
Here's one from a more traditional fabric. I like this color combination very much--it introduced me to the pleasure of magenta. This quilt is on our bed.
The next one was made as a high school graduation present for a good friend. The sashing is some of my hand-dyed fabric.
And here's the first one I made, as a wedding present for another young friend. This one was done without the narrow frame around each block, as I was aiming for a more overall look to the pattern.