Have you viewed some of the Missouri Star Quilt Company videos on You Tube? What great how-to instructions, free for the watching! I am especially intrigued by the “Disappearing . . .” designs Jenny Doan and her staff have collected, sewn and filmed. You can find Disappearing Four Patch, Nine Patch, Window Pane Nine Patch, Pinwheel, and Hourglass.
To jump on the Disappearing band wagon, I experimented with a “Disappearing Half Square Triangle” idea. You can find a link to printer friendly instructions on the Patterns page of this blog.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white square. Layer the 2 squares, right sides together and sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the drawn line. Cut apart on the line and press seam allowances toward the print fabric. Important: Trim the resulting Half Square Triangle (HST) to 9 1/2″ square.
Measure and rotary cut 2″ in from all 4 sides of the square. Then swap the white and print rectangles.
Sew the block together like a Nine Patch with 3 rows of three units each. The block measures 8 1/2,” unfinished.
I experimented with several layout ideas before sewing the blocks together in rows. Which is your favorite? I think, for the fabrics I chose, the second layout is more interesting.
For the quilting design, I borrowed a motif from the tractor tires and the bulldozer tracks in the outer border print. As the picture below shows, I quilted pairs of gently curving lines across the width of the quilt. Then I quilted crenellations, some slanted and some straight, of various heights and widths.
This quilt will help a little guy learn about color, about earth moving machines, and perhaps he’ll roll his Matchbox cars along the quilted tracks!
Be sure to check out “Disappearing Half Square Triangle” on the Patterns page. On page 2 of the instructions, you’ll see a diagram of another colorway for the quilt.