Last month in my QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to use the cord guide bobbin cover, decorative stitches and bobbin work on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some quick and easy gift bags.
This week, I’ll be exploring the magic of disappearing block designs. In previous QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to make several projects using a disappearing nine patch technique. I thought since this technique works for nine patch blocks, it can probably be used for other blocks as well, so I decided to experiment.
Here’s the block I started with.
And here’s how it looks now!
3 different fabrics. I used fat quarters, but you can use scrap fabrics from your stash if you like.
- (1) 12″ square
- (4) 3½” x 12½” rectangles
- (4) 4½” squares
- Place a 4½” square on each corner of the 12″ square. This is where the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine is really useful. Press the laser light button on the screen and the red guide line appears.
- Line up the red laser line so it goes from corner to corner on the 4½” square. Then start stitching, following the red line. Remember to watch the laser line and not the needle while stitching.
When sewing a diagonal line from the edge of the fabric like this, it’s sometimes hard to see exactly where to start stitching. The J foot, that comes with the Brother BQ3050, has clear plastic at the front of the foot and this does help. If you still have difficulty seeing the starting point for stitching, just place a piece of scrap fabric behind the piece you’re sewing and you’ll find it’s much easier to see where to start stitching.
- Sew across the square again about ½” to the right of the first stitching line.
- Cut between the stitching lines. Now there’s a triangle sewn on each corner of the 12½” square and 4 half square triangles.
- Press the large triangles away from the center square.
- Press the half-square triangles.
- Trim the half square triangles so they measure 3½”. My favorite tool for this step is the Bloc-Loc half square triangle ruler. You can also place the 45° line of your ruler on the seam and trim the square.
Putting it all together
Now is a good time to use the ¼” foot with guide that comes with the Brother BQ3050 machine. A ¼” foot without the guide is also available. You can use either of the ¼” feet for this seam – the one with the guide or the one without the guide.
If I’m not using pins for precise placement, I use the foot with the guide.
If I’m sewing something where I need to sew right up to the pin before removing the pin, I use the foot without the guide.
- Sew a 3½” x 12½” strip to 2 opposite sides of the 12½” square with triangle corners.
- Sew a 3½” half square triangle to each end of the remaining 3½” x 12½” strips.
- Sew these strips to the other sides of the block.
- The block should now measure 18½” x 18½”.
Now the fun part starts!
- Cut the block into 4 equal squares.
- Rearrange the squares to make a new design. There are few different design possibilities, but this is the one I chose.
If you make several blocks like this, using different fabrics, or rearranging the fabrics differently within the blocks, you would have endless possibilities of creating an original design from this simple disappearing block.
Be sure to come back tomorrow and I’ll show how to make another disappearing block using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050.