Type of item: Functional
10 Kaffe Fassett fat quarters (mostly in red), plus a neutral background block (same fabric for the back).
What was your inspiration?
I happened to watch a video about doing a disappearing 4-patch block - thought it would be easy - well conceptually it was, but execution was another matter - have to be very precise about the initial cutting, the secondary cutting, and all the sewing - lots of places where a fraction of a mm makes a difference! My blocks lined up reasonably well (a did have to fudge the joins in some instances - but as far as the overall impression, the corners do match).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I'd use more contrasting in the fabrics than I used - although there is quite a bit of range from the lighter to darker fabrics, they're all in shades predominantly in red so the overall impression is a red and "white" quilt. Another time, I'd like to try two different colours (5 fat quarters each) so that the contrasts are a bit more pronounced. you do have to be extremely careful with cutting the initial 5" squares, making sure you're sewing a scant 1/4" seam, trimming the finished 4-patch, cutting the patch into 9 sections, reassembling the block and trimming it. I didn't quite manage to press all the segments with a seam direction that would allow all the joins to be opposing - I decided to live with that. Another time I'll work on that, as well.
Now to piece the back, and assemble the quilt.