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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chock-A-Block Wednesday

Disappearing 4-Patch

Since the Disappearing 9-patch tutorial
has been so popular, here is another option
using a 4-patch block.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: White
2 - 7 1/2" squares

Fabric B: Pink
1 - 7 1/2" square

Fabric C:  Green
1 - 7 1/2" square

Layout squares as shown and sew together
in 2 rows, press seams to the dark fabrics.

Sew rows together and press seam open
to reduce bulk.

Make a cut 5 1/2" in from each side of the block.

Now this is where the magic happens.
Our 4-patch has now become a 9-patch.
Take the left center unit and swap it with
the right center unit,  then take the top
center unit and swap it with the bottom
center unit.  Then sew together in 3 rows.
Press seams in rows 1 and 3 to the inside
and seams in row 2 to the outside.

Sew rows together and press seams
to the outside.

I made the original squares large enough
so you have plenty of room to square up
at the end.  With sewing, cutting and sewing
back together, you want your finished block
to be as accurate as possible.  Using a 12 1/2"
square ruler, place the 6 1/4" lines on the
center seams, both vertical & horizontal and
trim top and right sides.  Now turn the block
and square 2 remaining sides to 12 1/2".

Quick & easy!

This is how it looks if you put the
blocks side by side.

By rotating every other block
you have this design.

I think it would look great as
a scrappy quilt.


  1. A great block... love the scrappy look!

  2. Hi, thanks for your comment!! Yes, it was a nice afternoon with our group, sorry, I made no English version this time!!! We met once a month and it`'s always very funny!!
    And I like your block: I'm trying to use up my scraps but it's hard work: scraps grow faster than I can sew!!!
    Many greetings!!

  3. Cannot wait to try it!! Love the simplicity of it.