Monday, March 7, 2011

The Disappearing 16 Patch

Hello fellow Stash Manicure enthusiasts!!  I'm Melissa from Happy Quilting and  I am so excited to get to share with you today a new little quilting tid-bit I made up :)  Now we have all heard about the Disappearing 9 patch, right?  It has tons of ways to arrange and makes for a fast and fun quilt.  So that got me to thinking, if you can make a Disappearing 9 patch why not a Disappearing 16 Patch.  And I started playing around and oh my goodness, was I happy with the results.  So Happy, that I turned it into a Quilt-A-Long that is currently   going over at Happy Quiting.  So I figured, I would share with you all what I came up with :)


Start by making some 16 patch blocks.  (If you have never made a 16 patch block there are excellent instructions on how to make them  here. )  You can make your blocks any size as long as they are all the same.  In the example we are using 5" blocks but I have also made it in 3 and 4 before and they all look great.  You will be able to get 2 Disappearing 9 patch blocks out of each 16 patch block.


Grab your first 16 patch block that you made in the last step.  Lay it out on your mat.  Don't worry to much about lining it up, it doesn't matter.  Now, if you have a yard stick it will probally be easier to use.  Unfortunately, I don't own one.  Crazy, I know.  If you don't have a yard stick use your long ruler and another ruler lined up together.  Lay your ruler diagonally across your entire block.  You want to try and make sure that your ruler is intersecting each of the corners.  Make sure to really smooth your corners out, they will want to creep in on you :)  Once you are all lined up, go ahead and cut along the diagonal.  



Now don't move your fabric.  Go ahead and pick up your rulers or yardstick and align them along the opposite diagonal.  Once again, make sure to intersect all of your points and to smooth out your corners.  Honestly, a lot of times your points will be all lined up and then you will find the edge doesn't line up.  Most often it just needs to be smoothed out.  Once you are all lined up go ahead and slice along the diagonal. 



Now you can go ahead and pull your 4 parts apart.  You will end up with 1 - 2 of these little scrap pieces hanging out either under your square or poking out.  Go ahead and cut them off.  This will help to reduce bulk making them easier to piece in future steps.



So out of each 16 Patch Block you will end up with 4 wonderful, adorable, easy to make, triangles :) 



Continue this process until all of your 16 patch blocks have been cut.  You will have a fun little pile of triangles.



Now, back to more random piecing fun!!!  Go ahead and grab 2 triangles and line them up as follows.  Once again, you are trying to keep it random so don't stress to much about what lines up where.  Just try to avoid having the exact same blocks across from each other :) 



Lay your top triangle onto your bottom triangle with right sides together.  Once again we are going to pin just like you did your 16 patch blocks.  Pin your seams first, making sure they match up.  Then pin your edges.  If you have any bubbles smooth them out with your finger and then put in a vertical pin :)  Continue to pin your blocks until you have done the required amount of sets.  (Once again, remember, if you are required to have an odd number of blocks you will have 2 leftover triangles)



Now it is on to sewing.  Once again, sew a 1/4" seam along your pinned edge.  Make sure to remove pins as you go and to double check your seams that they are laying flat by running your finger underneath the seam right before you sew across it.  Continue to chain stitch all of your Disappearing 16 Patch Blocks.



Go ahead and clip your threads between your sets.  Now, just like before, we are going to press the new center seam open.  Yes, you will have some little overhangs at the edges, we will deal with them shortly :)



Now, this step is not necessary but only takes a second and I like to do it to reduce bulk. Along the corners of the inner squares there will be a small triangle that is "hanging out".  (The little red plaid one)  I like to clip these out in all four of the corners.  Once again, not necessary, it just reduces bulk.



Lastly, turn over your block over.  You will have 4 little triangles sticking out from the center seam.  Go ahead and clip them even with the block.  Repeat for all 4 edges. 



And there you have it.  A stack of adorable Disappearing 16 Patch Block.  So now what can you do with these cute little guys, the possibilities are endless!!



You can start by simply turning the blocks on their sides and sewing them together in rows to give this look.



Or, You can add some straight sashing cut on an angle and sew the blocks in rows to give this look.



Or, You can add some corner triangles with a “goose in the corner” to give this look.  This is the pattern we are doing for the Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join us there is still time :)  At the end of the Quilt-A-Long everyone who has finished their top will have a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Burgundy Buttons.



We'll I hope you have all enjoyed learning a new trick to make a fun block that has endless possibilities for quilt tops.  And thank you so much to Madame Samm for having me here at Stash Manicure.  It is always a treat to get to share something here!

Oh, and lastly, I don't have a giveaway today (sorry) but I should be having one in the near future.  Happy Quilting is 40 followers away from 500 followers!!!  And boy, oh boy, are we going to have a big ol' giveaway when we reach 500!!  So take a second and pop on over to Happy Quilting and click Follow up in the top :)  Who knows, That 500 follower giveaway could be right around the corner :)

63 comments:

  1. wow - great tutorial. Love this idea. Very much!

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  2. I am a novice quilter so am always looking for easy ways of doing stuff! Thank you for a great tutorial. The Disappearing nine patch has been a favourite of mine upto now.

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  3. Very interesting. I would never of thought of doing it this way. I'm going to have to print this out. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Another way to Disappear! Great Tutorial! Thanks.

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  5. This would be a great way to sew up lots of scrappy fabrics. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I'll pop over to your blog and take a peek! :-)

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  6. Awesome! I am doing your quilt along (still sewing my original blocks together, yikes!) and it has been so easy to follow. It will be my very first quilt EVER!!! So, thank you for making such a compelling quilt that I just HAD to try it. >:D

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  7. It's almost 10 p.m. here in Washington state and I want to go make one of these right now this very minute! Very well done!

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  8. You have saved me a lot of time with hst's!

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  9. Great tutorial. Excellent pictures and instructions. I've never made a disappearing 9 patch. It's on my list. Now I have a disappearing 16 patch on my list, too. Thank you, Melissa.

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  10. great tutorial....thanks for sharing! AND I really like the giddy fabric!!

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  11. This is really fun! I love something quick and fun...I'll hop over to you blog and take a look at your QAL

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  12. Now that is clever! I really like it in the zigzag setting.

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  13. Nicely written. Easy to follow instructions. I am very tempted by this.

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  14. This is a great tutorial. Everything is clearly illustrated. It's absolutely genius!

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  15. Thanks for a great tutorial :-)

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  16. Melissa, so nice to see you here. I had such fun with the quilt a-long. A fun pattern that really uses up those scraps and has so many possibilities. Good luck on the '500' - will be watching for it.

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  17. Every edge is now cut on bias...makes me twitchy just imagining how crooked my rows would end up :)

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  18. Wow! This is a great tutorial, I'm coming straight over to see all about the quilt along! Thanks for a wonderful inspirational post!

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  19. A great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  20. Good Morning Melissa...ok, I must have missed the class on the disappearing 9 patch...thank goodness I did not miss this class...The possibilities are endless aren't they? Great tut for us new quilters...oh by the way your 1/4 seam allowances seems sew much smaller than mine lol. Ohh it must be the angle lol...

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  21. OH thank you so much for giving some more variations on the DP 9 patch.

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  22. Well, I'll be! Learn something new everyday. Thanks Melissa, for the tute. I'll try this with my scraps for our little sew-in when mindless stitching is required. Get too distracted with talking, eating, laughing, you know...

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  23. Oooo.... great tutorial! And it gives me an IDEA!!!

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  24. Great tutorial and great idea! Thank you Melissa :)

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  25. Thanks for a great tutorial! I am heading over to your blog!

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  26. Great idea for using up stash! Thank you.

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  27. Oh, love it! Great tutorial Melissa, thanks.

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  28. Sew fun! i love this idea! Thanks for your great tutorial.

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  29. I absolutely love the blocks that you make something out of something else - I call them my "Something Else" blocks. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and I will add this to patterns. Judy C www.shadetreequilting.com

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  30. Grat tut! and really great idea! going to your your blog now.

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  31. Great post, thank you. I want to give this a try soon - it looks fun.

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  32. It's a great tutorial! thanks so much!

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  33. Wow! I love this! This couldn't have come at a better time for me! I have a number of 5" flannel squares and want to make a quilt for my brother-in-law who is going to have open heart surgery early next month. Just last night I was pondering my choices! I'll be headed over to your blog to join in! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  34. I LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  35. I love this idea, this will make a good scrappy quilt.

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  36. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks for showing how to do this; this will make a great scrappy quilt, no matter which of the layouts are used! Love that happy ironing board, too!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. Gosh, not only are all the edges cut on a bias, but you will loose all of the points on your blocks on the outside edges--unless that was the intention--in which case, the finished quilt illustrations should have shown this fact.

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  38. This is one of my favorite blocks - because it's so simple and yet looks much more complicated...thanks - great post! xo, Nan

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  39. Hi Robin, Yes you will bet get little clippings out of the corner of the blocks once you add sashing. It gives it a really fun look!! I am sorry I didn't show it in the illustrations, I am still really new to EQ 7 and haven't figured that out yet :)

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  40. This is awesome! I have thought the same thing glad to see someone actually did something about that!!! Will have to try this one someday.

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  41. This is so neat! Thanks for sharing

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  42. Thanks for the tutorial, this is a great looking block!

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  43. Well this is one that I can do in a day or so. So I am hopping over to happy quilting, and joining in the quilt along too.

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  44. I love this block!! I have made the Disappearing 9 patch but cannot wait to try this! Thank you so much!

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  45. Very clever and interesting! Thank you

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  46. Good to see you here, Melissa! I've been doing your quilt-along but didn't realize there was a prize. i;m off to join the list!

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  47. Oh thank you! I can't wait to try this. Lots of possibilities.

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  48. is there a way to say...COOLER than COOL!! FUN-FUN to SEW!! thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot

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  49. Excellent idea Melissa. Love it. Great tutorial too. I'm definitely looking forward to using this technique when I make charity quilts. Thank you!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  50. You did a terrific job on this tutorial ... really like your quilt! thank you so much for the inspiration :)

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  51. Very clever idea! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  52. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to give these a try.

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  53. Well, that was a slap my forehead - "Why didn't I think of that", moment!!! Thanks for sharing, and very good tute!!! Great little blocks!!

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  54. Hey Melissa, so cool to see your tutorial here. I am almost caught up with the quilt along.

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  55. Great job on the tutorial Melissa! This sounds like lots of fun to make. :) blessings, marlene

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  56. Love this pattern. Question - I can see that you keep your points at the corners - but you lose them in the middles, right? Or am I doing something wrong?

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  57. Enjoying this very much. Question - I can see that you can keep your points at the corners - but you lose them in the middle, right? Or am I doing something wrong?

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  58. Just what I needed! I have ton of 5" squares I didnt know what to use on. I made up 4 block so far. Very quick & easy! I had no trouble at all, bias wasnt an issue. I was very careful to keep my 1/4" seam and so far they're all same size lol. Thanks again. I can wait to finish it now

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  59. You can simplify this process by taking two 16-patch blocks and stacking them face to face. Then sewing around all four side before cutting diagonally. It will give your final blocks four at a time without sewing triangles together.

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  60. Thank you for this creative idea to use up my squares!!!! This just may be my next quilt I start this week.

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  61. Glad I came across your blog today! I just made a couple hundred scrappy 4-patches with this tutorial { https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJCSoljKnqU ) and was trying to figure out what to do with them, beside putting them in the "future project" pile. I'm going to give this a try right now. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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