Thursday, May 19, 2011

Disappearing 16 patches.... Works In Progress

Hello, my name is Dorian and I have a blog here.  I'm so excited to be here today! And a bit nervous too. I'm a shy creature, so go easy on me ;)

In March, Melissa from Happyquilting shared with us her disappearing (DP) 16 patch quilt-along. And I got obsessed with making some of my own. I've made 2 wall hangings, both as yet unquilted, so they are still WIP's.  And am still having fun playing with variations and different blocks.

I had the perfect pieces to start with. A petit four of both Lovely and Central Park. So I dug thru my stash basket, looking for tone on tone prints to match. Here is what I came up with.

These were lots of fun to play with, and I decided to see what other fun designs I could come up with.
I dug thru my stash some more, looking for strips the same width, or close to the same width. I did some trimming and some sewing and come up with these.

I prefer using strips, as it's faster and easier.   You sew 4 strips together, press and cut strips out of them.

Then you put those new strips together in whatever fashion you want.

I used some dark TonT's and some lights ones, mixed with light prints. I wanted the TonT's in the middle and 4 corners, so that I could do this.

Then these were cut on both diagonals, to make the DP16 patch.

I went back to the scrap basket, and found some light and some dark squares. I sewed two patches together.

Then sewed into 4 patches.

This is what I made. Some light blocks and dark blocks, instead of mixing them together..

 Instead of cutting on both diagonals, I cut on just one. Then I matched a light side with a dark side.

I thought using just 2 colors would  be fun also. This would make a great, bedsize quilt.

There is a variety of ways to set these. And lots of fun mixing them around, figuring out how you want them to look. I love the Sunkissed line, and decided it would go great with the first patches I showed you.

Here's a close-up.

And my second one, see how the TonT's make a nice frame around the prints?  I've called this one Flowerboxes.

You can also set these like this, making that cute pinwheel in the middles.

And here is a few different ways to set the light/dark blocks. You can play around a lot with these.

The problem with this first one though, is once you get the half squares sewn together, the little corner blocks are smaller than the middle blocks. Which means seams wont match.

Or you can lay them out this way.

Here's another way you can do it. Makes a nice pinwheel in the middle. This is how I am doing mine. I'm going to keep this WIP going, adding to it as I make more squares. It makes a great leader/ender project, if your into that. And really uses up those little bits of fabric you just can't let go of.

You can use strips of any size. My R/B one is done using 1 3/4" strips. The petit fours are 2.5". I also used 2 1/4" squares. So it makes a great project to do with a jelly roll too!

Hope you enjoyed my 'obession'. I would love to see any DP16 patches you made. Leave me a comment with your blog name, so I can take a look.

 Thanks for having me here Samm, I really enjoyed it!


  1. Dorian, wonderful tutorial on the DP-16 Patch! WTG, my friend!

  2. Great tutorial and lots of photos of layout plans so you can really see how veratile this block is. A great Scrap Buster, also! Thank you for a lovely and inspirational presentation.

  3. Thanks for sharing the many ways to use the DP-16 patch. The photos make it easy to see the different options.

  4. That was a great tutorial Dorian..I've been watching for your post here..lol I love the strips you did w/dark and lights, that will be striking..Thanks for sharing.


  5. Thanks Dorian,
    Just learnt a few more blocks from your artcal, thank you
    Dawn, UK

  6. Love how you fearlessly cut, sew, arrange and rearrange beautiful fabrics and fabric collections to create different color and fabric combinations and designs. Thank you for challenging us try new things. Great pictures. Excellent tutorial post.

  7. Thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial, very informative.

  8. Appreciate the tutorial and the pictures..

  9. Good Morning Dorian...I love to hear when someone is inspired by another to tackle a challenge...oh my did you ever...And this is how we learn, each one is as unique as the next...I like that...You did a superb job here, Anyone who says they cannot quilt, hasn't been here lately...Thanks for your first tut...I am raising my tea to you this morning..

  10. Love it!!!thanks for sharing!
    Hugs from Brasil.

  11. Wow! I loved this! So many ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for sharing, did a 4 patch, a 9 patch so the 16 will be up next!!!!!

  13. What a feast for the eyes! All that color and the TonT's are amazing too! Great scraps buster. I just might have to try this!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow, I have to say that I am blushing at how someone could take my little tutorial and just run with it. Thank you so much for showing all the amazing possibilities this basic DP 16 patch can provide. I would love it if you added your photos to our flickr group and if anyone is looking for the original quilt-a-long from the DP 16 patch block it can be found here :) http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/p/quilt-long.html I actually just finished quilting mine yesterday for Blogger's Quilt Festival. Now I have lots more ideas for a second :)

  15. Wow, Dorian, thanks for showing us all the possibilities! I really loved your layouts where you had a lot of contrast between the lights and darks....you've got my mind planning, and my hands reaching for the scrap bin!
    Jacque in SC

  16. What a wonderful way to use up those scraps! blessings, marlene

  17. Thanks for the post. I'm glad to see you're not afraid to try out the possibilities. That's how we discover new ideas, right?

  18. Absolutely fabulous Dorian. Going to try these they look like fun. Wonderful presentation.
    Hugs and stitches

  19. Ohhh, I love all these combinations you've put together! How cool. Melissa's Quilt Along was my very first quilt ever, so it has a special place in my heart. So neat to see how it inspired others. Thanks for sharing all this creativity!

  20. Dorian ... you are truly inspiring. As a friend, of course, I know how your pioneering spirit treasures and loves to make the best use of every small scrap of fabric. As a quilter, I am constantly amazed by your creativity, your fearless use of color and pattern, your discriminating eye for line and detail. You are a stash manicurist extraodinaire, my dear!
    <3 Pat

  21. You and Happy Quilter have started something here. Glad you shared the tutorial. I see another quilt in my future.

  22. SPLENDID job, Dorian! I love your creativity!

  23. Love how they all play together sew well. Good job!

  24. good day dorian, I am pretty impressed with your blocks. you now inspire me and the wave continues. thank you. how generous of you to share with us.i too am shy. if you can do it so can i. xx

  25. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing, I have my stash of charms waiting patiently for me to start my D16P - I just love it!

  26. Wow, I thought you could do a lot with the DP9 but this is amazing!! Thank you, I need to hit my scrap bin!!

  27. Thanks for the post. Amazing block!

  28. I had seen the original DP 16 patch quilt-a-long and had marked it to do at a later date. Now I have many options to choose from. Thanks so much for sharing.

  29. I also liked Melissa's disappearing 16 patch. Fun to see your use of colors and approach. They look great. Thanks for sharing.


  30. Is there any way of searching the site for previous posts? Could we have a sidebar calendar for example ... I can't seem to find Melissa's March tutorial Dorian mentions ...


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