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Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

How to make a disappearing 4-patch block


Four 5 inch squares in contrasting fabrics. You can use either 3 colours or 2 colours depending on the effect you wish to achieve.

Quilt designs using this block

With sashing

Without sashing

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

Block using only 2 colours

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

Leaf block – Foundation paper piecing pattern

Leafy medallion quilt

Make Leafy medallion quilt using one single block

One simple block, many possibilities. You can play with colours and placement for this one.

Video tutorial

Watch a video tutorial showing foundation paper piecing:


Make the pattern 4 times to make one block. Each patter has 3 pieces. For one pattern cut:

  • Piece 1: 5 1/4 inch square of fabric
  • Piece 2 and 3:  4 inch square cut into 2 triangles of background fabric


The pattern has 2 identical pieces:

  • Download the  Leaf block (pdf) – make sure you print the pattern at 100%

The diagram below is one possible block you can make with this pattern.

Putting together this block takes a very short time and it’s a perfect block for a beginner in foundation paper piecing.

The video above explains in detail how to start, the placement of the first piece on the back of the pattern, when to trim off excess fabric, etc.

I made one block like the diagram using different colour fabrics.

I pinned and stitched the white triangles at the same time.

Press well and trim off along the pattern’s edge.

This is another possible block layout.

How to use this block

You can use this block in many ways. Depending on the choice of colours and placements the quilt designs can be very different.

Have a look at 11 different quilt layouts you can do with this pattern. Each quilt is about 36 inch square, a bit more for those with sashing.

Leafy medallion quilt – version 2

Leafy medallion quilt - version 2

Wheat spikes

Wheat spikes quilt

Double accordion

Double accordion quilt

Leafy medallion version 2

Medallion quilt version 3

Cross roads

Crossroads quilt

Crossroads variation

Crossroads version 2

Dashed lines

Leafy medallion

Dashed lines 2

Colourful medallion quilt

Colourful medallion quilt

Let me know if the video tutorial helped you learn foundation paper piecing.

Happy piecing!

1 shape, 2 blocks, 4 beginner quilts to learn foundation paper piecing with

Patchwork technique

Foundation paper piecing.

Skill level


Block names

  • Whirlwind block
  • Accordion block

Finished quilt

  • Whirlwind quilts: 38 inch square for all layouts
  • Accordion quilts: 74 inch square

The sizes can be easily adjusted by increasing the number of blocks.

Block size

9 inch square (9 1/2 inch square with seam allowances).

Number of blocks

Whirlwind quilt: 16 blocks in total  (4 blocks across)

Accordion quilt: 64 block

Download pattern

There are two mirrored patterns. Each of the patterns, made twice, makes one whirlwind block:

Why do you need two patterns?

Quilts where the whirlwinds rotate in different directions require both pattern sheets. The accordion pattern requires also both patterns as each “leg” faces on the opposite direction.

Colour scheme

For best results use high contrast fabrics. The background fabric can be the same colour for all blocks or different for each colour block. In both cases, use some pastel colours so that the design stands out.

Note: I highly recommend using a solid fabric for the background to avoid confusion when cutting the triangles out of a rectangle. I’m speaking from experience here…

How to make this block

This short video tutorial will teach you how to make this block:

Quilt patterns

Quilt 1 – accordion block

This layout uses the same pattern but it’s quite different. It can be done in one single colour, in a gradient, in rows of different colours and so on.

Here are some of the options for this type of pattern.

This layout could work with sashing.

Or in bright colours with no sashing.

Gradients could be also be very effective. The gradient can be used for both the background and the print, or for just the print or the background.

Quilt 2 – whirlwind with and without sashing

All blocks are of one kind. The whirlwind rotates to the left.

Same idea as before but with no sashing.

Quilt 3 – Do the twist

Whirlwinds rotate in different directions.

You need 8 blocks that rotate to the left and 8 that rotate to the right.

Quilt 4 – Disappearing whirlwind

Whirlwinds rotate in different directions.

You need 8 blocks that rotate to the left and 8 that rotate to the right.

I think this layout is very effective in that you don’t know where to look to find the pattern. The whirlwind pattern is not as obvious as in quilt 2 and 3.

The same layout as before but different colour scheme:

Close up of whirlwind block