Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday Meanderings 3 - 14 - 2016

I was very successful with my goal list last week but I really don't have a lot to show for it.  What I did work on outside the goal list (I forgot to list it!) was some sample Disappearing 4 patch blocks.  At guild on Saturday we had lessons in 4 patch.  Dorothy showed us how to make multiple 4 patches with Fons and Porter called Easy Peasy 4 Patches.  At the end of the directions is a link to get a PDF with the same instructions.

I showed how to make 2 at a time 4 patches. I haven't been able to find written or video instructions on the web for this method. This link shows how to make multiple different 4 patches.  (Hum, sounds weird.  How about different fabric ...?) I learned the 2 at a time 4 patch from a Billie Lauder book if I remember correctly.  Here's a video that Billie made to share making multiple 4 patches.  Someday I'll write up a tutorial for the 2 at a time 4 patches.  Sorry, it's not going to be today.  Check out her Magic 9 Patch instructions too. Missouri Star also has a video on making multiple 9 patches but done same as the first link in this paragraph. 

The next part of the presentation was what do you can do with all these cool 4 patches.  So, I searched the web and found 2 different types of disappearing 4 patch designs.  The one on the left is the basic disappearing 4 patch. Directions are at Material Girl Quilts. I love the clean, crisp look of this design.  

The block on the right is an alternate method for a different disappearing 4 patch. It was called Disappearing 4 Patch with a Twist.  You need to be very careful on your measuring and cutting.  If not, you're points won't meet perfectly.  

One block I didn't show was the 4 Patch Slice.  I thought it was pretty cool too.  I have no idea what I'll do with all of these blocks -- I had to have several in-progress steps for all the blocks I showed. Time will tell, or I have a new UFO! 

Yea! Very successful goal completion last week! 
March 7, 2016
Quilt 2 charity quilts
Finish the 5 strip pieces for Slide Show√ close
Continue to work on “boy” challenge quilt
Continue to work on OMG quilt
Prep backing for antique quilt
Quilt Antique quilt √ started

And hopefully this week will be just as successful. The highlight of the week is the third annual In Home Retreat.  Sharon, MaryBeth and Nancy are coming down to sew like fiends.  They learned last year it made a lot of sense to drive down Wednesday after work because then we had 3 1/2 days of quilting.  I'll be getting the space cleared up and ready this week along with all my other goals. 

March 14, 2016
Sew OMG quilt to top stage
Finish quilting antique quilt
Enjoy at home retreat
Keep working on the Slide Show quilt
Keep working on the “boy” challenge quilt
Prep two more quilts for FCQ show

That's it for me today.  I must get started on the putting things away and also get back to quilting the antique quilt. I'm linking up with my two favorite Monday Linky Parties: Monday Makings and Main Crush Monday

Happy Quilting All! 


  1. I haven't tried disappearing 4 patches...yours look perfectly pieced.

  2. I've made four patches with strip sets and charms before, but just kept them as four patches. I need to branch out a bit now that you've given me some ideas. Thanks for the links.

    My sister and I are planning an In Home Retreat in late April.

  3. Looks like a lot of fun making those different blocks. Thanks for sharing all the links. Enjoy your sewing retreat, it sounds like lots of fun.


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