Sunday, February 19, 2017

More Disappearing Four Patches

Here are a few more Disappearing Four-Patch projects from our Kindred Spirits group. Chera, above, made her cuts a different size, so her center block is a bit larger than our other projects. 

I love the soft colors she used for her project.

Here's another red/white/blue color palette, with a completely different feel to it. Darlene put her blocks on point and placed them in the border of her very patriotic-looking quilt. The dark blue/white centerpiece of the quilt is the 1800's Vintage Quilt again...see ModaBakeShop for the pattern.  Don't you just love the flags in the corners! Great job, Darlene!

These photos, above and below, are blocks that can be made using the Disappearing Nine-Patch technique. There are many other possibilities for laying out the blocks, too. 

The 2 blocks on the top of the design wall (photo below) are what you start with. Then, slice down the middle horizontally and vertically. (see block on the left)

The photo above is a year-long Friendship Quilt project that Anne participated in with her quilt guild. She packed a shoe-box with the pattern and some fabrics (the gold and off-white) and had her friends make 9-patches adding their own Christmas fabrics. When her blocks were returned to her, she cut them using the Disappearing Nine Patch technique. 

And lastly, is Pam's project, above, that looks like Anne's Disappearing Nine-Patch, only Pam used charm squares and just assembled the quilt as normal. 

We have a very creative group and it's fun to see how one pattern can be changed-up by each person that makes that pattern into something slightly different. That, to me, is one of the main reasons I enjoy sharing projects and time with other quilters. It's encouraging to see their creative take on a project.

Hope you enjoyed our little quilt show, till next time, keep stitchin!

Mary in Virginia

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kindred Spirits Quilt Group

Our Kindred Spirits group met at Stitch by Stitch Quilt Shop Saturday, Feb. 11. Our first project of the year was a very simple, little table topper. Finished it will measure about 7 x 16 inches. The blue one below is the one I made for our teaching sample. 

This project is called "The Disappearing Four-Patch Runner." Anne Wright shows the one she made up in red, below.

Celestia is our purple-loving girl, and how special are these two cuties that she made? I love that she bound them in purple also.

Tammy's little project is in red and white also. Very fun, Tammy!

My favorite is the one Charlotte made. Don't overlook the cute little hearts that dangle from the bottom binding! Such a darling little project, and just in time for her Valentine decor.

This project was our first of the year in Kathy Tracy's new book, Small and Scrappy. The project appears on page 42. The book is published by Martingale, and Kathy is one of favorite quilt designers. You can also follow her blog at and her facebook page, Kathleen Tracy's small quilt lovers. She frequently posts free patterns. We are also doing a small sampler quilt this year....see the files section of her facebook page.

Till next time, keep stitchin, friends!
Mary in Virginia

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kindred Spirits Group

Our small quilt group met for the first meeting of 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Stitch by Stitch Quilt Shop in Chesterfield, Virginia. Since Pam was not at our Christmas Tea, she opened her gift from her Secret Santa--Celestia. Celestia made her this adorable wallhanging, "The Yellow Rose of Texas" featuring Pam's dog, Maggie Moo. The adorable skirt is a handkerchief! Pam is planning on moving back to Texas this year, and this will make a lovely memento of quilting buddies back in Virginia.

Our first project starts with a disappearing 4-patch.
for my demo, I cut 4 5"squares of fabric, two blue, and two background pieces. Sew them together to make a 4-patch. 

Place the 1" line of your ruler on the center seam line. Cut at the 1" mark. You just made a vertical cut. Move the ruler 90 degrees (a small movable mat is especially helpful) and slice with the 1" mark on the seam line. This time you are making a horizontal cut. Turn the mat 180 degrees and repeat the two cutting steps. You wind up with 4 squares in the corners, a square in the center (it measures 2" square) and 4 rectangular pieces at the north, south, east and west parts of the block. Now turn the rectangular pieces 180 degrees. 

You have a block that looks like this (above). Now seam the block together to create your "Disappearing 4-Patch." Clever, right?

The little table runner above starts with squares of fabric that measure 3 inches square. Making just 3 blocks, your little mat/runner will measure about 6 inches x 17 inches. 

We love options in our group! So Anne demonstrated what fun you can have with a Disappearing 9-patch. She started with 5" squares (see the two blocks at the top of the design wall.) Cutting again just like you did with the 4-patch, you create 4 different pieces, each with a small gold square in the corner. The three  blocks on the bottom of the design wall are just three separate options for different ways to set your blocks together. One of the beauties of this design and the Disappearing 4-patch, is that NO fabric is wasted. These are great projects for those charm squares you've been saving. If you need more of a tutorial, go to YouTube and search for Missouri Star Quilt Tutorials. They are soooo helpful!

Anne (photo above), Pam (photo below) and myself (the blue/white photos) sewed along with Merry Mayhem and her Mystery Quilt project on January 1. We each ended the day with 4 large blocks.

I made 5 more blocks to create a lap-size quilt (above). Each block measures 16 inches square, a HUGE block for us mini quilt lovers!

Vickie is working along with Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt "En Provence." She brought in a block that she has finished (above). Great job, Vickie.

I took a few other photos at our group Saturday, but alas, I can't find them! I'm still learning how to use my iphone. Perhaps there is an "IPhone for Dummies" book out there! 

Till next time,
Keep Stitchin!
Mary in Virginia