October 17, 2011

Not So Simple Quilt Top

After an unplanned quilting break, (Bob was in the hospital for 10 days), I've re-started on the Dead Simple QAL quilt.  I'm loving the colors I chose but really not liking the big chunks of color.  I went the the 9" square route, probably a mistake for me.  After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to do 4 patches.  I thoroughly "shuffled" my colors and started chain piecing the squares; then to keep it really random I chain pieced again to make the 4 patches.  Then I cut them up to make disappearing 4 patches.

I'f you're interested this is how I made the Disappearing 4 Patches.
Because I was dealing with large blocks, I made my cuts 2 inches from the center.
(If you were dealing with 5" squares, cut 1" from the center.)
Use a small cutting mat, so you can turn your squares without lifting them.

Lift the top center strip, and move it to the right center.
Move the right center to the bottom center, bottom center to the left center.
Then, left center to the top center.

This is learn as I go, so I learned to mark all the right edges, and the outer edges of the center strips.
I'm probably a dork, but it made my life easier.
I'll post the quilt top when I'm finished assembling it.

May your bobbins always be full,


  1. G'day. I look forward to seeing the finished quilt. I do like the choice of colors. Take care. Liz...

  2. WOW now this is going to be interesting!

  3. Oh I really like that. It's on my to do list some day. Look forward to seeing the finished item


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