A few weeks ago I was visiting some of my regular blogs I follow, and Regina at Regina's Quilts, showed some cute mug rugs she had made. They were from a technique called 'disappearing 4 patch'. I found the instructions and shared the link with my mom and another friend. Well, mom tried it out right away. I then felt that since I sent her the link, I had better try it as well. i used the tutorial found at SewWonderful.
First step, sew a 4 patch block.
Cute as described in the tutorial and then re-sew.
I was on a roll. Time to move onto the next variation of the disappearing 4 patch. This one is from the blog What Comes Next?, the Disappearing 4 patch - with a twist.
Again, you start out with a four patch.
Follow the instructions for cutting.
The rows are now sewn together. Check the corners and you can see that you do lose a fair amount of size with this technique.
Finished block is ready for trimming. I started with four 5 3/4 inch blocks, 11 inches when sewn , and ended up with a 9 3/4 inch block.
Kate at Arts and Socks tried this variation. Looks like she had lots of fun. Visit to see how her's turned out.
I found one additional variation of a 4 patch block, Pinwheel Disappearing 4 Patch at the blog Welcome Home Farm. I got carried away with the cutting, but this one starts with two co-ordinated 4 patch blocks, which you slash from corner to corner two times. Then sew to make two pinwheel blocks.
Follow the tutorial to cut these blocks. Since my squares started out at 6 1/4 inches, the first block I cut 2 1/2 inches from the centre line and the second I cut 2 inches from the centre.
Are there more variations of the disappearing 4 patch block? Leave me a comment with a link and I'll try it out. I also have plans to try some variations of the disappearing 9 patch. oh that is going to be fun.
Tami at Just One More Thing introduced me to Infinity Scarves, one of which she has sewn for her daughter.
Marie at Daisy's Book Journal has started on a very pink project. It's looking so warm and cuddly.