Learning new techniques and working out of my stash

WORKING OUT OF MY STASH in a controlled manner. May 18, 2010 blog post

I recently had a lively email exchange with Sandy from QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US…. Amount other things we discussed how I used my stash when I took classes in various techniques and block of the months. I made scrappy quilt block and I worked exclusively from a two boxes of fabric where all fabrics coordinated together. I did add fabrics to the collection but they all played nice together. From this stash and the blocks I made from the classes I have made a series of quilts for family members that all coordinate. I use ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ANGEL FABRICS as the focus fabric in many of the blocks. The above link goes back to pictures I posted over a year ago about using these UFO blocks. I have several pictures of the blocks there. My next podcast which I am posting this week will be about these blocks.

Hope you will have a chance to check out the pictures when you listen to the podcast.


Clarification of FOUR PATCH directions…..

12-1/2 inch block to be squared up by us

The patches should be 6-1/2 inches each…. YOU need four patches….

PLEASE keep the lightest fabric in the 2 and 3 position; (upper right and lower position of the four patch.)
Sew two together on the top and two together for the bottom.
Then sew them together. The finished blocks should equal 12-1/2 inches and will be squared up before we sew them together.

Just got word we have 6 quilt tops ready for quilting. 3 quilted tops being bound right now. We need 23 girl quilts and now 26 boy quilts as they got some new residents. So far most of the donated fabrics are floral/ girl style quilts.

Four Patchs made by the girl scouts

This is a wall of FOUR patches made by a girl scout troop. They made enough for two quilts. I took the one with somber colors and they are going to finish a quilt with very bright girl colors.

Thank you for your response to my plea.


Found the original post I “borrowed” the instructions from:

Quilting Stitches and Sew ON: This is a great blog in English with a little Spanish thrown in.


As you all know I have been working on charity quilts this last month. These quilts are destine for Christmas presents for the children who are sheltered at Whaley Children Center in Flint MI. For various reasons these children live at the center until they age out of the system at age of 18 years. They go to school, live in group units, they learn daily living skills. The have very little in comfort or personal items. We are planning to give each child a quilt as they currently have a basic blanket and sheet set. From what our liaison has seen their are no quilts or comforters. There are 45 children from the ages of 10 to 17 living in the center.

For July we are going to have a quilting day to work on quilts. I am hoping my listeners/ blog readers will be willing to send me one FOUR patch blocks. I think it would be nice we could add some blocks from all across the country. If you are willing please mail the blocks to:

c/o Elaine’s Quilty Shop
P.O. BOX 194
HADLEY, MI 48440

Our patches are 6-1/2 inches sewn into a four patch pattern.
Any style fabric. We mix and match the blocks we have and match them for a pleasing effect. We take everything…. (I got some great fabric at JoAnn Fabric with my coupon last week, Keepsake Collections have improved greatly.) We are then taking the FOUR PATCHES and using them in the DISAPPEARING FOUR PATCH BLOCK. ( See directions/ pattern…… next / previous post. JUNE, 2011 archive.)

Postage should be less than a dollar for standard manilla envelope… but that is a guess on my part as I have not tried to mail one… YET!

THANK YOU for your considerations.

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Disappearing FOUR patch block

Patches in the LIGHT and Dark positions match


Block resulting when all the fabric is the same


Results if the patches match in the light and dark position


All patches different
Different focus fabric / same lights


Results if all patches are different


FOUR patch with every block different/ assembling


I have made DISAPPEARING NINE PATCH blocks many times in the past. I was surfing one night and found a blog showing what they called a disappearing nine patch. I stopped to read the blog and check out the pattern, then the tutorial. ( Sorry, I could not find the link to the original post, but I am still looking for it. If you have read the blog pleases send me a link. If I ever find it again I will post it.) It was a totally different pattern then the one I was making and I liked it a lot. So I sketched out the block and directions… yes I do things long hand even though I am on the computer at the time.

I showed it to the quilters making the charity quilts and we are planning to make this quilt as part of our QUILTING DAY ADVENTURE. We are arranging to rent a hall and plan to invite all the quilters we know to come and make quilts with us. Below are the instructions I wrote up as a flyer.




I am writing this pattern up as if you are going to make the quilt for yourself.


Make a four patch block using 6-1/2 inch squares.

DO NOT SQUARE UP if you donate the block to our cause….We will square them after we coordinate any blocks we get. We need 48 blocks for every twin size quilt we make.


If you are making this quilt for yourself, I found it important to square up the blocks to the same size, before cutting them. THE blocks should measure 12-1/2 inches but the blocks were made by different sewers so I squared them to 12 inches. I then cut them using the cutting diagram. We found that we liked the blocks made with the FOUR INCH from the side best. ( We had also made some trial blocks using 4-1/2 cuts, but the center was too skinny and we felt not as pleasing to the eye.


Cutting diagram:

Cutting Diagram


Once all four cuts are made you now have a nine patch block. I liked to turn the center four patch so it was no longer against its original color patch. I then twist and turn the center side patches to achieve a pleasing placement of color. Be aware where the light fabrics align with the dark fabrics.

Once you are happy with the layout of your patches, proceed to sew them as a NINE PATCH. Patches 1 to 2; 4 to 5 and 7 to 8. Add patch 3 to 1&2; patch 6 to 4&5; and patch 9 to 7&8. ( I hope this makes sense to newbie quilters, I am a newbie tutorial / pattern righter.)

9 PATCH after cutting / before sewing


Square up the blocks AFTER you have made them all. Assemble placing light next to dark. I think a nice pattern develops and I will post pictures once I have them assembled.


I sewed 10 FOUR patches in one hour. It takes longer to square up the blocks and then resew the cut patches. I have gotten two to three patches made in one hour. ( Lots of interruptions from a three year old. )

I hope you will participate in the SHOUT OUT FOR CHARITY BLOCKS.


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