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Disappearing Pinwheel versions 3 & 4 Friendship Star 4 X 5 blocks ~ 55" X 65"

Layer Cake - print
Layer Cake - solid
Layer Cake - background

2 yds - outer border
2 yds - inner border

layer 2 - 10" squares print & solid
sew around outside, then cut diagonally
arrange in pinwheel and sew together

measure square and divide that amount by 3
cut across square so it is in 3rds horizontally and vertically on all 4 sides.
disappearing pinwheel basic 1/3 cut

take out 2 strip squares

Friendship Square
leave small pinwheel
pivot '1/2 square' squares so one side of the triangle - print side is against the center small pinwheel square
1/2 squares in center against small pinwheel square.

illinois road
Version 3 - Illinois Road Block - pattern
take 2 strip squares
arrange so background strip is against other print side of '1/2 square' square
so the 2 strip squares go around vertical, horizontal, vertical, horizontal
or so opposite corners are oriented the same.
star points are distinct and star stands clear
when assembled with other large blocks the strips come together 2 strip side to one strip side

Version 4 - Whirligig Block
take 2 strip squares
arrange so background strip is against other background side of '1/2 square' square
so print strip forms legs out from

each row of 3 small blocks together
then sew these 3 rows together

Other options:

illinois road 2

whirligig 4
whirligig 2
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Nine Patch + Fence Rail Quilt
64" x 76"

1/4" seams

42 x 10" squares (layer cake) - lay dark square on top of light square, cut into 2 1/2" strips = 4 strips
1 1/4 yd background - cut 6 1/2" squares (make 12), 2 1/2" inner borders on either side of '2 1/2" remainder squares' border
1 1/4 yd outer border - 4" border


Fence Rail block of 3 strips ( make 31)
For each 2 colors = Sew 2 same color dark with 1 light in the middle and 2 light same color with 1 dark in center. Cut each of these sewn together strips into 6 1/2"

9 Patch Block (make 20)
Take trimmed remainder of Fence Rail into 2 1/2" strips = 2 strips*
From the 2 extra strips (1 dark/1 light of these strip colors) sew 2 of one color and 1 of the other to form a strip that matches one of the 2 1/2" strips*.
Assemble and sew these strips into 9 Patch Block.

7 blocks across:
9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch = Fence Rail done horizontally.
Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail = Fence Rail done vertically.

<2 1/2" Patch Border
Use all the left over squares, sewing them into one long strip to make next border.
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Easy Fence Rail Diamond Quilt

jelly rolls (2 1/2" x 44" strips of quilting fabric), sew 3 together into one strip, cut into squares
2 1/2" square to snowball same position corner of 3 strip block (solid)

additional option: 1 1/2" square to snowball opposite corner (solid)

(Using scraps of Batik, a jelly roll and 5 strips of a solid, you can make your own (beautiful) fence rail diamond quilt.)

50" x 62" = 4 x 5 = 20 blocks
75" x 87" = 6 x 7 = 42 blocks

6 3/4" blocks doesn't do dimensions hmmmm 12" square blocks if no borders or add 12" width for borders
work in progress

fence rail with diamonds
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Pecking Order Quilt

QUILT SIZE 66" x 70" QUILT BLOCK 5" 12 blocks x 13 blocks

• 1 Pack of 5" Squares (Print)
• 4 Packs of 5" Squares (Solid) or 3 yds.
• 1 1/2 yds. of Border - 6 1/2" wide border
• 4 1/4 yds. of Backing

Cut the print 5" squares into 4 (2 1/2") squares
Snowball one corner of 5" square with the 2 1/2" square

Block #1 - Arrange so the snowballed corners are on the outer corners of 4 squares.

Block #2 - Arrange 2 squares so snowballed corners are together to make a geese.
These pairs are arranged on the four sides of Block #1

basic block pecking order


For individual circles - use same snowball color for that set of 12 blocks
Block #1 --
4 blocks - all one color (optional different colors) of 5" square for circle center
1 10" square trimmed to size of 9 1/2" square and snowball all 4 corners with 2 1/2" square

Block #2
8 blocks - all the same color or close shades of that color

4 snowballed blocks 2 of one color snowball and 2 of second color snowball with background colored fabric
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Shadow Boxes
quilt - shadow boxes
Bold navy, bright teal and salmon pink from the Cherry Mint collection by Reika Hunt for Clothworks are the perfect choice for the Shadow Boxes quilt. This kit includes the Shadow Boxes pattern, as well as fabrics for the top and binding for the quilt shown. Backing fabric sold separately.

Project: Bed Quilt
Designer: Jennifer Thomas
Style: Pieced
Finished Block: 8"
Finished Size: 86" x 98"
Project Rating: Confident Beginner
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flag quilt

Designer Diane Tomlinson designed an easy-to-make quilt pattern "so that as many people as possible can make a Quilt of Valor to honor and comfort a relative, friend, or even a stranger touch by war, and to let them know their service is appreciated." For accurate cutting use the Fons & Porter Diagonal Sets Ruler.
Quilt designed by Diane Tomlinson
In Honor Of Pattern Download

Quilt size 64" x 77"
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Easy Woven Quilt

1 bundle of fat quarters
1 yd of a solid fabric

From the fat quarters cut
of 4 colors cut 9 of each color (10" x 2") strips
of the other 4 colors cut 9 of each color (10" x 2 1/2") strips
9 (3 1/2") squares

From the solid color/ of you can use a variety of colors
cut 4 sets of 9 (10" x 3 1/2") strips

Sew strips together (2" wide to 3 1/2" wide solid to 2 1/2" wide strip) to produce 9 units of same 3 color combination. = 36 (10" x 7") rectangles

When you sew 4 of these 3 color combinations together, arrange the blocks so that the skinny strips are all on the outside or all are in the inside. You can even use strips (2" and 2 1/2") of the same color fabric sandwiching the 3 1/2" color.

Sew square to all of one of the 3 color combinations matching the edges at the corner top and side, sewing down and leave about an inch unsewn at the end of the seam.

Next Sew a seam connecting a 3 color combination to first block/square, matching where the straight line edge of the block and square.

Rotate around, sew the next 3 color combination, matching seams so the square's edge is sewn to one end and the edge of the other(2nd) 3 color combination.

Next pin out of the way the starting 3 color combination out of the way, sew the last of the color combination blocks to match seam of square's edge and the previous (3rd) 3 color combination block.

Unpin the first 3 color combination block, finish sewing the seam down from where the square was left unsewn to the end of the edges of (1st) and (4th) 3 color combination blocks.

Sew 3 of the finished blocks in a row.
Repeat this for the other blocks
Then sew the rows together.

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2 Step Quilt
74" x 83" 7 blocks x 8 blocks

1 3/4 yds -- 5" squares background fabric (56 squares) and inner border (2 1/2")
2 1/2" strips (jelly roll)
1 3/4 yds -- outer border (6")
5 1/4yds -- backing fabric

Sew 2 strips together in pairs. You should get 41 total strips as a result.
Cut into 5" strips and 9" strips

A - Sew 5" strip to one side of 5" square.

Sew 9" strip (which should be the length of longest side of strip combination A)
This is your basic block. 8 1/2" or whatever as long as it is a square.
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Charm Big Star Quilt- Quilting With Charm Packs!
78" x 60"
4 Charm Packs Print (5" squares) = 10" (one layer cake) = 4 charm packs , 48 charm squares per yard
1 1/2 yds of Solid White Fabric (includes 1" inner border)
1 1/2 yds of Solid Red Fabric
1 1/4 yds for border 5" wide
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80" x 86" 9 blocks X 10 blocks (12 sashing rows)

3 pack of 5" squares (charm packs)
1 roll of 2 1/2" strips (cut 5" long)
2 3/4 yd background and for inner border fabric
1 1/2 yd outer border

5" charm square colored fabric
5" small square background
5" x 2 1/2" strip dark
5" x 2 1/2" strip light
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Cut up 10" fabric color squares
- 4 1/2" strip = cut up into 4 1/2" square and 2 rectangles (4 1/2" x 2 1/2")
- 2(2 1/2") strips = cut each up into 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle and 2 squares (2 1/2")

background (white) fabric per block:
2 strips (4 1/2" x 2 1/2")
2 strips (4 1/2" X 6 1/2")
4 squares (2 1/2" x 2 1/2")



Strip A + square background -------- (strip background + 4 1/2" square background)
square A + Strip B --------------------- or use strip of 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"

square background + square color B----- 4 1/2"-------- strip background + square E
4 1/2" strip background ------------------ Square-------- square D + square background

(strip background + 4 1/2" square background)-------- Strip D + square E
or use strip of 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"---------------------------- square background + Strip E
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Sew two strips together lengthwise and cut triangle
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Disappearing Nine Patch

By Brenda Dean
The Disappearing Nine Patch is a simple variation on the traditional nine-patch block. It is very easy to make, and looks impressive when finished. Designed, made, and kindly shared by Brenda Dean.

Fabric Requirements

You can use any number of like sized squares as long as the number of squares you use is divisible by nine.

Each group of nine squares will yield four disappearing blocks. For example if you begin with 36 squares to make four nine patch blocks, then these will yield a total of sixteen disappearing blocks.

To calculate the size of the finished block you need to multiply the size of your original squares by three, subtract 1 (seam allowances), then divide by two. This will be the finished size of the block.

For example if you begin with 5-inch squares the calculation would be as follows.

5 x 3 = 15, - 1 = 14, ÷ 2 = 7 inches.

6-inch squares would yield 8 1/2 inch blocks, 7-inch squares would yield 10 inch block

Making the blocks

Group your squares into sets of nine and arrange them in three rows with three squares in each row.

For maximum contrast place a dark square in the centre, a medium or light square on each side and a novelty or bright square in each corner.

Stitch the squares together to form a traditional nine patch.

Cut the block into four equal pieces by cutting through the block vertically and horizontally.

Repeat this with the remainder of your basic nine patch blocks until they are all stitched and cut into four.

disappearing 9 patch 2

disappearing 9 patch 3

Setting the Blocks

Arrange the blocks either in rows or sets of four depending upon how many blocks you have in your finished quilt.

Experiment by turning the blocks and arranging in various ways to create the desired layout.

Here are a couple of suggestions. Have fun!

disappearing 9 patch 4

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Checker Newsletter300 × 297Search by image
Simply place the lines on the template on the seam lines to skew the blocks to the correct angle. Remember, the template is included!

Illusion Quilts Made Easy with Half Square Triangles by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Border or runner
Done in similar style

A Bouquet of Friendship
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Makes a 57" x 69" Quilt 8 blocks x 10 blocks

1 Pack of 10" Squares (42x)
1 yd. Border Fabric - 4 1/2" border
3/4 yd. Binding Fabric

Put a light and a dark 10" square right sides together and sew around outside using 1/4" seam.
Cut diagonally from corner to corner and again across from the other diagonal corners to produce 4 half square blocks, 6 1/2" squares.

Arrange these
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Binding Tool Star

43" x 43"

1 yd background fabric
40 strips 2 1/2" Jelly roll

Work in quadrants

Background color
1 - 8 1/2 " square
4 - 2 1/2" squares
1 - 8 7/8" square cut on the diagonal into 2 triangles

precut 2 1/2" wide strips

4 - pairs of matching colors
leave the strip fabric folded over onto itself so when you cut it you get mirror images.
Cut one end at 45 degree angle using binding tool not, forgetting to cut off the fabric tip.
Sew a 2 1/2" square to the squared end of each of the of one strips of one orientation, chain piecing them. Iron open.

Sew other orientation strip to the 8 1/2" background square with the long part of point attached to square side. Press open.
Sew matching strip with the 2 1/2" background square on the end. Match 2 1/2" square seam to seam of prior strip and long side of point attached to 8 1/2" background square.

Repeat for other 3 precut strips sets.

Sew long sides of triangles on long sides of assembled herringbone strips/ 8 1/2" square. Press open.

All 4 finished quadrants should be the same size ~ 16" squares. Sew all quadrants together with the small squares coming together in the center.

Sew a 2 1/2" background fabric border around the finished star.
Using the ends of the ends cut off of the precut strips, cut 5" strips of them, sew them long sides together, like a coin quilt,

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Coin Quilt with a Little Pizzazz

50" x 50" Twin size

1 Jelly Roll - 20 strips (2 1/2" wide)
2" wide solid, black or white.

Take 4 strips and sew them together,contrasting strips. (green and a bright, a yellow-y color),
put right sides together and sew them 1/4" on the side.
Sew 2 together in this manner.
Repeat with 2 more strips.
Press these open then sew these 2 sets of 2 to make a set of 4, nice and flat.

Now we’re going to take these two and sew them together. We’ll put them right sides together, like this, and we’re just going to sew these together and make a set of four.

To speed up cutting the strips, fold the set in half lengthwise, trim uneven edges on the ends to make them all the same length.

Make sure the strip set is lined up straight on the cutting mat line.

Cut to the same width as a charm pack, ~5". Cut the whole strip into blocks.

Sew two strips to either the side of the strip block, trans-wise across the 4 strips, to make a square block.
Strips 2" wide each or whatever width so that the block ends up square.

Do one side at a time, chain sewing one strip block after another onto the long side strip.
Cut the chain to form the blocks and repeat with the other side.


Lay out like a fence rail with the look of a basket weave.
Alternate the sets; sideways, up and down, sideways.
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Studio Star Quilt aka Sister's Choice, Father's Choice
62" x 82" 5 blocks x 7 blocks

1 Pack of 2 1/2" Strips(print)
1 Pack of 2 1/2" Strips (Solid)

3 1/4 yd background fabric cut into 2 1/2” strips

1 Yd outer border fabric
3/4 yd binding fabric

(This will make 2 assembled blocks)
Lay 2 contrasting strips atop each other.
Cut a 2 1/2” square once.
Cut 4 1/2” long strip 4 times.

Sew remainder of each of the contrasting fabrics to 2 1/2” wide white strip.
Lay these sew together strips atop each other and cut 2 1/2” squares, 8 per color.
Iron them open.

Cut 2 1/2” squares of left over white strip x 8 for each block.

Assemble a 4 1/2” strip to a differently contrasting/white block. Sew together. Repeat 4 times in same configuration to make exact duplicates.

Using white 2 1/2” squares snowball opposite contrasting color fabric corners of each of the 4 1/2”strip//contrasting-white blocks.

Use remaining ‘2 patch (contrasting color/white)’. And ‘snowballed block’ where the longer strip is the same color as the contrasting color of the ‘2 patch’.

Assemble ‘snowballed block’, 2 patch (contrasting color/white), ‘snowballed block’. Sew into 2 rows Repeat. (outside strips)

Assemble ‘2 patch’, contrasting color 2 1/2” square, ‘2 patch’ (color, white, color, white, color strip)
Sew. (center strip)

Ssew 2 1/2” strip for inner border with 2 1/2” contrasting square at corners.

Sew ‘snowballed block” to corners of outer border.


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