Day 4 - disappearing 4 patch - 12 days of inspiration

Hello and welcome thank, you for joining me for a day 4 of the house at Jackson 12 days of inspiration! In today’s inspirational post I’ll be sharing a disappearing 4 patch quilt I made along with another quilt using the same technique but with different a block size & different fabric choices, I hope to inspire you to explore the endless creative possibilities with this project.

To get started I’d like to first show you my quilt I made.

I made this Quilt as I had many lovely citrus colours sitting in my cupboard that I wished to use together, however i struggled to find the perfect project to use them for - that was until I stumbled across a disappearing for patch block, the first thing that came to mind where the fabrics I had in my cupboard paired with a solid white for the background. I thought they would really come to life creating a lovely quilt that’s when I got started on my quilt.

After deciding on fabrics I got right into the cutting, then created the sets of four to then subcut to create the disappearing for patch blocks. I absolutely loved playing around with sub-cutting but most importantly rearranging pieces to create an interesting effect from something that I had previously stitched. when sub-cutting I used my House of Jackson 6" x 24" ruler as it made the whole process stress free mainly because I could make one cut without needing to re-position the ruler

In a way I felt like a magician where I had taken 4 squares sewn together and put it back together to create an illusion

After playing with the lovely citrus coloured fabrics highlighted by the white to create my blocks I joined them into rows then joined the rows creating a eye catching quilt top

Now came time to quilt my quilt, this was again another interesting challenge, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a custom quilting job on it or something organic all over. eventually I decided on doing an organic all over.

I felt this quilt really needed to have a texture as the fabric & patchwork together was already quiet eye catching, I didn’t want to take away from that or overwhelming the effect by going over the top with free motion quilting.

The final quilt is something I’m quite proud of and I absolutely love how all the fabrics in the patchwork really come to live with a solid colour in the background but most importantly I love how the quoting only adds to my quilt with a nice gentle texture that helps enhance the Fabrics used within the quilt.

The Tread used for piecing this project was Wonderfil deco-bob as it helps reduce seam bulk, why you may ask?… Wonderfil deco-bob is an 80wt thread meaning its quiet fine yet still strong, when using the finer thread for piecing the thread doesn’t create much excess bulk like standard threads can, this is more noticeable when working on projects where multiple seams meet. this was also quiet important when it came to quilting as I could simply freely & organically quilt my quilt without stressing about bulky seams.

The thread I used to quilt my quilt was Wonderfill Konfetti as its a lovely solid 50et thread, I chose to use a light yellow to the in with both my fabric and white background, the yellow stitching on the white helped add some interest to the solid white, but most importantly not take away from the quilt top.

I absolutely love the finished project and to top to off I decided to add a nice and neutral grey binding, the binding really helps make the quilt pop and add more interest.

For the backing I chose to use an Australian themed print fabric as I found all the colours worked nicely with my quilt top, plus a nice neutral grey with pops of colour similar to those on the quilt top helped bring it all together making it the perfect backing but most importantly it was one of my Favourite Fabrics I had been keeping in my cupboard waiting for the perfect project to use it with, once I made the quilt top it then had a project to go with it

Next I would like to show another version of the same technique only difference being the block size and fabric choices

This lovely quilt has been lovingly made by Nanny June who I love to spend time with and share my passion for quilting with, me and Nanny June often make quilts together, most of the time nan makes the quilt top & I get to quilt and bind them.

Nan made this quilt After I I showed her the one I'd made, she fell in love with the blocks asking me how to do the technique so she could make one herself but only make it a little smaller with the blocks a different size and instead of all the same background fabric have a dark and light fabric in each block to create a gorges effect, I absolutely love Nans version of the disappearing 4 patch, it really inspired me to play around with things more especially when it comes to backgrounds & colour choices

Once Nanny June had made her quilt top she made a surprise visit to show me her quilt she had made after chatting about the possibility of adding boarders to make the centre stand out more nan decided to add some borders to help really highlight the centre, looking back I really wish I had of done this on mine however I now know for next time when I make a disappearing 4 patch quilt.

Nanny June also asked me would I like to quilt her quilt for her this was an absolute honour for me, taking the opportunity with both hands I had a blast free motion quilting a stipple all over the quilt to add texture without taking away from the patchwork.

Nan now has this quilt on her bed, well...some days, I say some days because she’s made that many quilts now she has to change them around regularly to be able to use them all!

In addition to today’s blog post I’d like to thank you for Taking the time to read, if you would like to see a tip Tuesday video where I share a tip for submitting be sure to check it out down below

I truly hope today’s blog post has inspired you to try something different and even give a disappearing for patch block a go! its a great way to play with your fabric that you have in your stashed away in the cupboard or even use your scraps!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for day 5 of the House of Jackson 12 days of inspiration and while your here be sure to check out my previous blog posts, for more inspiration.

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