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Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch block

4 patch quilt block tutorial

How to make a disappearing 4-patch block

Block size

8 1/2 inch square.

Materials

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

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

How to make this block

Materials

  • Two 7 inch squares of print fabric
  • Two 7 inch squares of white fabric

Finished block

10 1/2 inch square.

All block tutorials for this quilt.

Instructions

Make the tutorial twice.

Trim off HSTs and sew into squares as shown below:

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

Then sew squares into rows.

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

And sew both rows together.

Block 1: 16 HST quilt sampler - beginner quilt

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Quilt designs using this block

16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

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Patchwork Christmas tree ornament tutorial

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

How to make a Patchwork Christmas tree ornament

Learn to make this Christmas ornament in 3 minutes:

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Materials

  • 36 x 2 inch squares of fabric
  • felt scraps for the star and the bottom of the cone
  • embroidery floss
  • stuffing or batting scraps
  • one sided fusible interfacing

Download Patchwork Christmas tree ornament pattern (pdf). Use the pattern to cut the cone shape, the star and the cone base.

Make trees in different colour schemes and in different sizes.

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

Stitch any embellishments such as bows, stitch little beads, add a felt star to the top.

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament
Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

Video tutorial: Buzz saw patchwork block

Buzz saw patchwork block

This video tutorial makes 2 pieces like the one above. The full block is made with 4 pieces.

Buzz saw patchwork block

Notes

The math for this block isn’t 100% correct. What I mean by that is that you may find that if you cut your strips at 2 1/2 inch intervals, the last strip will be less than 2 1/2 inches.You can see that on my video. That’s because the half square triangle is 9 1/2 inches square not 10.

That doesn’t affect the end result. Just sew the narrower strip with a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance to compensate a bit. That’s what I did, though I’m not sure it was necessary.

How to make this block

Materials

For each 4 piece patchwork block, you need:

  • two 10 inch squares in red
  • two 10 inch squares in light grey
  • four 2 1/2 inch x 9 1/2 inch strips of red fabric

Quilt designs

With this block there are variety of quilt designs you can make:

Buzz saw quilt

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Visual process

Buzz saw quilt block

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

An unusual placement of this block makes this quilt:

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

In two colours

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Two colour buzz saw quilt layout

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Buzz saw patchwork quilt design

Tablet stand tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial made with the leg of a pair of jeans

Make this tablet stand in 15 minutes.

I have made a few iPad beanbags over the years but this one has been so far the easiest one to make.

How to make an iPad beanbag

Make this stand using the leg of a pair of jeans and a pretty button or other embellishment. Watch  this short 4 minute video to learn how to make it.

Or use plain cotton fabric

Materials

  • leg of a pair of jeans (8 to 10 inches wide)
  • self covered button
  • stuffing
  • a bag of lentils or rice or some stone (optional)
  • a small piece of cardboard (optional)

Download

Download the Denim iPad beanbag pattern (pdf). Using this base is optional.

Print and trace the pattern on a piece of cardboard.

It is recommended that you add some weight to the bag so it sits better. Rice, lentils, wheat, and the like should work well.

If you make this beanbag, share a picture on my Flickr group. I’d love to see it.

Tablet beanbag tutorial

iPad stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial