... Libby's Version
Yesterday I reported on my progress with these Disappearing 4-Patch blocks.
There are many online sources for making the D4P. I used Jenny Doan's method (Missouri Star Quilt Co.), but was frustrated that my seams didn't "nest" after the pieces were rearranged. I thought I had figured out a solution, but then realized I was essentially rearranging virtually all the pieces. Thinking there must be a simpler approach, I put some thought to it.
So here you have it: The basic concept is to start with a 4-patch ...
|Cut 1" away from each seam|
|From 4-patch to 9-patch|
It doesn't matter how many times I turn that center, the seams on the 2-patch rectangles (numbered 1 though 4 in the picture below) always go in the same direction as the center because they were just cut off that center 4-patch!
I much prefer to have my seams go in opposite directions so that they nest together whenever possible. My Solution:
Simply reverse the positions of rectangles 1/3 and rectangles 2/4!! Everything else stays in the same position and the seams will go in opposite directions.
This is not an original thought. I saw a couple of tutorials on Pinterest that suggested switching the rectangles instead of the corner squares, but they didn't focus on the benefit if you spin the 4-patch seams. I reckon if you are in the habit of pressing seams in one direction this benefit is irrelevant, but switching the rectangles involves moving only 4 pieces instead of 5!
Let me know if you've found this tip helpful.