Every year, each of us makes a quilt block for that year’s guild president; those blocks are given to her so she can make a quilt. It is our way to say “thank you” for all her hard work.
Today I had the chance to piece my block for last year’s president, Diana. I am happy she chose the Disappearing 4-Patch, as I had seen it but had not yet tried it.
Just in case you have not pieced this block, I made a tutorial as I went along. Here is what you will need:
2 – 5″ squares of white fabric
2 – 5″ squares of print fabric
|Arrange fabric squares as above, sew top squares, then sew bottom squares.|
|Sew top row to bottom row, making sure seams align properly.|
|You may consider collapsing the seams as above, so the block will lay flat (a good idea, particularly if you are going to hand quilt the project).|
|Place 4-patch onto a rotating cutting mat – you will be able to make the cuts for the 9-patch by rotating the mat without disturbing the block. Line up the right edge of the ruler so it is 1″ from the center seam. Cut along the edge.|
|Rotate the mat a quarter turn, align the ruler as before and make the next cut as before.|
|Rotate the mat a quarter turn and cut 1″ from the center seam two more times until you have patches as above.|
|Sew the [vertical] columns first and then sew the 3 columns together…|
… and here is the completed block. I really like the effect those cuts have on the four-patch, turning it into an unconventional 4-patch.
I have just added another item to my to-do list: a disappearing 4-patch quilt!