Sunday, June 1, 2014

Disappearing 4 patch

This pattern was on my bucket list, to make a quilt using a disappearing four patch.  I used scraps from my stash that I had collected over the years so nothing goes together they were just random pieces that were the right size.  The white was the only thing that was consistent.

This pattern is a little trickier than you might think just by looking at it.  You put 2 coloured squares and 2 white squares together in a 4 patch and them cut them apart one inch from the center on all 4 sides.  That is what forms the little tiny 4 patch in the center of the blocks.  When you are cutting them apart you have to be sure to have them always the same direction or they don't turn out the same.  So it means having a white square on the left or a coloured square on the left and being consistent.  There is one square in this quilt that is different from all the rest.  If you go to Missouri Star Quilt Company Jenny has a great tutorial on this pattern.

After I finished this quilt it was 38 x 46 and I thought it should be bigger.  I had already quilted it and was about to put the binding on it when I decided that it needed a few more inches.  I used Jackie Black's method of adding borders that she taught us when she did the hinge workshop. 

 I am really thrilled to learn how to do this so that I can enlarge a quilt if I want to.