Two unusual disappearing quilt blocks – video tutorial

If you like disappearing blocks today I’m demonstrating a four patch disappearing block and a nine patch disappearing block.

I hope you like them.

Disappearing four patch block

Finished size

Four patch: 8″ x 8″.

Cutting directions

  • 4 squares, 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Disappearing nine patch block

The nine patch block is from my Turnabout patchwork book. See details below.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Two unusual disapparing quilt blocks

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  1. I always enjoy your tutorials. Sometimes it’s hard to see the block design though when the fabrics have such busy designs.

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  2. Hi Teresa…..I really like both of these, especially the 4 patch. I have a general question about pressing seams on other blocks….what is your experience if pressing OPEN, instead of to the side?

    I recently saw a video by a quilter who only presses to the side. She disputed the normal worries about splitting open, etc. I found it very interesting. May take a smidge longer to press but seemed to give a more accurate block! I probably would not do it with a lot of white strips though.

    What do you think? Thank you

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  3. I used to press open for years but I kept getting questions about it because it showed on the videos so I decided to press to the side so I didn’t have to explain every time. But frankly I press open or to the side as I feel like it or depending on the type of block I’m doing.
    Marci Baker did some tests on the strength of seams when pressed to the side vs open and pressing to the side was marginally stronger, not enough to make a real difference in my view.
    Maybe it’s important for hand sewing. I don’t know. So my recommendation is press the way you prefer, there’s no right or wrong.


  4. I look forward to your tutorials, they are very cleaver. I purchased your book several months ago but I have not used it, to date

    I have had the extreme pleasure of visiting Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. That is a BEAUTIFUL area of the world and the people are amazingly friendly.

    Again, thank you!


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