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A Quilt From Our Studio - Elly's Disappearing Four Patch (Missouri Star)

Posted by Christy Dillon on

Christy Jr made this quilt for her daughter, Elly, and it was so much fun to make we had to share! The pattern is from Missouri Star, and is called the Disappearing Four Patch.

All you need are your standard rulers, rotary cutter, iron, sewing machine, and five inch charm squares. We used Fossil Fern Quilting Squares and Cotton Supreme Optical White (but there are lots of charm square options out there!). See the photo tutorial below of how me made our quilt!

The blocks are sewn together, ironed, then trimmed to nine inches. Then the block is cut into three inch pieces and the outer center pieces are rotated one position clockwise. Then the pieces are sewn back together as a whole block.

A major part of the "look" for this quilt was a color gradient, so we spent a fair amount of time arranging and re-arranging the squares before settling on a final layout. Since we didn't really plan out the squares ahead of time, we ended up making a few extra blocks that helped transition colors. For example, there's a block with a yellow bottom and orange top, and another with a pink top and dark bottom. All in all, this was a blast to piece together.

We added borders, and quilted with our popular West Wind at Night Edge-to-Edge. As you can see, the stars add a lot of fun and flavor to the quilt, and the swirls provide good coverage and movement!

And here's the happy recipient of the quilt getting cozy before a little nap! 

And if you're interested in learning more about how to make this pattern, check out this fantastic YouTube tutorial made by Missouri Star Quilt Co. 

A Quilt From the Needle, Thread, and Fabric Studio - Mid-Atlantic UFO

Lori Kepley shared the story of this quilt with us, and we asked to share it with you! She used last year's free pattern set "Clifton" to finish the quilt with four patterns; Clifton Block 1, Clifton Block 4, Clifton Sashing, and Clifton Triangle p2p. Every February Lori meets a group of quilters near Williamsburg, [...]

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A Quilt From Our Studio - Autumn Swirl

This is one of Christy Sr's own quilts! The central block provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a large, intricate block, and she chose Autumn Swirl Set I Block 1. You may not think a pattern so intricate would stitch out well, but as you can see it looks fantastic! The sashing was quilted with our [...]

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A Quilt From Our Studio - Four Patch Star

This is one of Christy Sr's own quilts! She loves scrappy quilts, although Christy Jr thinks it's to justify her fabric collection

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A Quilt From Sharon Sweetland's Studio - Hawthorn Whole Cloth

As soon as I received the Hawthorn Mystery Set I envisioned a whole cloth made with some of the patterns. So I set it up in Creative Studio 7 by first deciding what the length and width would be. I settled on approximately 100 inches square as a good size.I then had to decide how [...]

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A Quilt From Melinda Anstead's Studio - Dylan's Big Star Quilt!

Melinda shared the story of this lovely young lady and her first quilt! Dylan received a sewing machine for Christmas last year, and has been coming to Melinda's studio since January to learn to sew. She turned 10 in late spring and has made lots of small items. They decided a great summer project would [...]

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A Quilt From Rett Lewandowski's Studio - Applique Table Runner

Our friend Rett does such beautiful work, and she recently shared this table runner with us! She used a single repeat of our Seeds of Change Edge-to-Edge 1 to quilt the blocks on either side of the appliqued flower block.There is echo quilting around the flower, with a small flower sashing to finish the border. [...]

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A Quilt from Karen Luther's Studio - Solar Eclipse Wall Hanging

August 21, 2017 will be an out-of-the-ordinary day! A total solar eclipse will cut diagonally across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Those living in the 70-mile corridor making up the path of totality will experience day becoming night for 2-1/2 minutes.And what better way to celebrate this extraordinary event than with [...]

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More of your pictures!

Periodically we take the opportunity to say "Thank You!" to all our customers who have shared pictures of our patterns stitched out on quilts. We have a few recent ones shown below to serve as inspiration for your next quilt. Your creativity and expertise in crafting these works of art is amazing, and we are [...]

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A Quilt From Rett Lewandowski's Studio - Pieced Wallhanging

Our friend Rett sent us these pictures, and we are so pleased to be able to share! A friend made this quilt using the "County Fair" block, available free online (http://quilttherapy.com/?p=10554). Rett told us that she used two layers of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. She loves to see full, fluffy, plump feathers!!! She wanted to do [...]

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