Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C01 – Trooper Green’s Badge

I start Row C today.  Row C doesn’t look too hard or maybe I’m better at sewing, more patient and I’ve learned a thing or two on the way here.

Do I need to say this block is EASY? It’s nice to get a break from time to time. This is also the reason why I’m doing this quilt in order, so that I can look forward to getting a break now and then. There’re days that I don’t really need a challenge.

If you haven’t done paper piecing before, this block is one you can try with! I have even posted a video tutorial on foundation paper piecing to help you understand the method.

I can’t emphasise enough how easy paper piecing is once you get the hang of it.

I really don’t have any more advice to offer for this block.  Cut your pieces, stitch together following the order in the pattern and in no time you will have a new block to add to your Dear Jane.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to do foundation paper piecing

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.


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


  • 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 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

Quick and easy “Doubly striped Half Square Triangle block” (Hidden wells)

Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

This block can appear to be a bit complex at first sight but it’s quite simple to do. All you need is 4 strips of fabric the same size sewn together. Use high contrasting fabrics for better results. My choice of fabric makes this block a bit hypnotic, don’t you think?

How to make the Doubly striped Half Square Triangle / Hidden wells block

Learn how to make this block in just over one minute:

Make the tutorial twice and make a different block altogether! Learn how:

Some ideas for extending this block

This block can be made into a scrappy quilt by using your fabric scraps or jelly rolls. I do find however than this block works a lot better, and I mean A LOT, if you plan your fabrics and colours.


For instance, use fabric that are high contrast and alternate them:

  • acqua and black,
  • red and white,
  • red and black,

actually any light colour and black or white would work well.

Use only 2 fabrics, one print and one white or black.

Try with solids. Black and white would look great.

Use complimentary colours or interesting colour combinations. Checks, strips, polka dots, types of fabrics work great.

Work with tone on tone fabrics or with few colours.

Do blocks in 2 different colour schemes that work together and combine the pieces.

Strip width and number

You can play with the width of the strips. To keep it symmetric you need to make sure that your outside strips are the same width and the inside strips are the same width as well.

You can use more than 4 strips too as long as they are even numbers and you keep the width symmetric as well.

Note: Since I made this block I’ve been told repeatedly that this technique was developed by the 3 dudes however I have come across earlier examples of this type of block going back to 1989 and Mary Ellen Hopkins and her quilt Hidden wells. Go to google and look up Hidden wells and you’ll see so many quilts using this technique. They’re spectacular.

As you can see the possibilities for this block are quite incredible. The quilt layouts are also varied.

Quilt layout with sashing

Layout 1

Quilt with sashingQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Layout 2

Quilt with sashing in black. Other colours can be used to match your choice of fabric for the block.

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Quilt layout without sashing

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Alternative placement of blocksQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

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Visual process

From strips to quilt block - half square triangles block

Video tutorial: disappearing 9 patch block

Disappearing 9 patch quilt tutorial. Quick and easy quilt

The block below is a finished disappearing 9-patch block.

And another block from the same quilt.

This block looks deceptively hard to make, but it’s not.

How to make a disappearing 9-patch block

Materials for one block

Cut nine 5 inch squares for the 9 patch block.

This quilt can be made scrappy or in coordinated colours.

Use highly contrasting fabrics for better more defined results.

To make this block really quickly, use 5 inch charm squares. In fact the block below is made with charm squares.

Do you want to make this block into a quilt?

I made a disappearing nine patch quilt using this block a few years ago. I used charm squares for it.

Make an interesting back for your quilt and it can be reversible.

Variation on a disappearing 9-patch block and quilt tutorial

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial below.

I have seen different kinds of disappearing 9 patch blocks but this variation is not as common though it is very effective.

Again, this block is quite quick and easy to make as you can see on the video.

Disappearing 9-patch block variation block tutorial

To make this tutorial you need to start with 2 traditional 9 patch blocks.

Some tips to make the most of this block

  • Use 5 inch charm squares for speed
  • Use high contrasting fabrics when swapping the strips
  • Fussy cut the central square or use that fabric you’ve been keeping for a special project.
  • This quilt can be quite striking in colour schemes such as black and white, red and black, red, black and white.
  • Combine blocks in complimentary colours such as green and red, yellow and purple or blue and orange

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt tutorial

I made a quilt with this variation of disappearing 9-patch block some time ago.

Have a look at the prairie points. I think this was the first time I introduced fabric manipulation on my quilts. I have made many fabric manipulations since.

This is the full quilt. The prairie points add a very nice touch in my view. It makes this quilt particularly special and they’re a great way to use up your fabric scraps.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block