Disappearing Broken Dishes aka Disappearing Hourglass

This blog contains the information on making the Disappearing Broken Dishes block from 5″ squares. The block will finish 7″ and will not have bias edges!

Disappearing Broken Dishes

I know many refer to this block as the Disappearing Hourglass but I already have several sample disappearing blocks made from what I usually call an Hourglass Block. This is the block that I normally picture when I think of an Hourglass Block .

Hourglass Unit

And below is the block I’m starting with and I normally think of this block as the Broken Dishes block so that’s why I’m calling this the Disappearing Broken Dishes block.

Broken Dishes

All you need to make this block is two 5″ squares of a dark or medium fabric and two 5″ squares of background fabric.  Sew these squares into half-square-triangles and square up to 4 1/2″.  If you need detailed instructions on how to do that you can find that information here on a previous blog post of mine.

four hst units

Sew the four half-square-triangles into the block as show below. This block should measure 8 1/2″ at this point.

Broken Dishes

To make the disappearing block we need to cut this block into three equal sections in both directions.  Now if you happen to have a calculator handy you will see that 8 1/2″ divided by 3 is not a nice easy measurement to work with, it’s 2.83333, what kind of a measurement is that! It’s not 2 7/8″ (2.875) and it’s not  even 2 13/16 (2.8125).  So in my world I say it’s a couple of threads less than 2 7/8″.  Don’t panic yet, the good news is that you only need to measure a piece of paper to that size once and use that as your template.

Ruler with paper template

I have Electric Quilt so I just drew a 7″ finished sized block, divided it into three equal parts and had Electric Quilt print a template.

Cut the block into nine equal pieces.

Block cut into 9 pieces

Arrange the pieces as shown below and sew together.

pieces arranged

Disappearing Broken Dishes

Enjoy!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Minnesota to Washington Road Trip Day One

I have often thought I would like to travel through Kansas this time of year and see the fields of sunflowers. So I was really surprised to see so many fields of them in North Dakota!  The first fields of sunflowers I came across on this trip were on the western edge of Minnesota and then in North Dakota they appeared all along interstate 94. What a treat!

Sunflower fields

Along the interstate and right at an exit is the world’s largest scrap-metal sculpture (earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records). “Gesse in Flight,” by sculptor Gary Greff towers 110 feet high.  I took a couple of quick pictures and resisted the urge to hang around until sunset, which was a little more than an hour away to take more.

Geese in flight

This sculpture sits up on a hill and the view from here was great, I could see for miles.

View from Exit

I stayed the night in Dickinson, a town on the western edge of North Dakota and started my drive through Montana today.

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

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Jack and Jill Quilt Setting Options

I have played with the Jack and Jill blocks from the Deli Geese Block Project creating possible layouts. I will be the first to admit that not all the pairs of blocks work well together in a quilt. If I were setting the Jack and Jill blocks together in a quilt I might go with this setting, on point and sashed.

Jack and Jill together on point set with copyright

These blocks of course would look great on their own.  This is Jack, Block #51, with sashing that forms stars at the corners.

Jack with Sashing with copyright

Below is my first attempt with Jill, Block #52. Set just block to block and row to row, a very cheerful quilt!

Jill block to block with copyright

With a just a little altering of the original block, adding print fabric in the corners I now have created four patch stars as a secondary pattern.

Jill blocks with prints in corners with copyright

Enjoy these setting ideas and try them out on any of the blocks in the Deli Geese Block Project!

These quilts as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project use 5″ squares.  It’s a great idea for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Books I’ve Been Listening To

I discovered Goodreads and find I can spend a lot of time there recording the books I have read and then finding lots of new ones to add to my “want to read” list. I very seldom actually ever “read” a book, I normally listen to them. I am incredibly fortunate that Minnesota has a wonderful library system and if a book is on cd it is probably in one of the libraries somewhere in the state and I am able to request it and have it sent to my local branch!  Many are also on MP3 as downloads and I don’t even have to leave home to check them out. What a huge savings that is for me, I can’t even begin to imagine what it would cost me to purchase over 200 audio books a year, and that is about how many I listen to in a year’s time!

Here a just a few of the books I finished this last week:

Guards! Guards!, it’s book #8 in Terry Pratchett’s  Discworld series. I love this series, there are forty books total and I’ve already decided that when I finally finish the series I will start it over again!

Guards Guards

The Deeds of the Disturber, it’s book #5 in Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series. Love this series also and I have started my second time of listening to this series!

The Deeds of the Disturber

A new author and series I found by looking at what other people have enjoyed on Goodreads is the Inspector Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. I just finished A Test of Wills, the first book in the series and enjoyed it a lot.

A Test of Wills

With audio books I am able to quilt and enjoy books at the same time!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

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Deli Geese Project – Block #52 – Jill

Here is block number #52 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Jill

Block 52 Jill

Block #52 Jill, uses the Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese Units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Light Flying Geese

Bottom Light Unit

Jill uses:
A – four Bottom Units from Light Flying Geese units.
B – four 5″ squares (2 dark, 2 light/background) made into Half Square Triangle units that unfinished measure 4 1/2″ following the instructions here
C – four 2 1/4″ squares  background

52 Jill

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat
Deli Geese Block Project Index

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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All rights reserved.
This pattern/design is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
You are not allowed to mass produce this information.
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Troll Quilt

This is the quilt I brought along with me to sleep under on my Michigan trip. It is not a Nickel Quilt (a quilt made using 5″ squares), I made this years ago for my daughter Roxie and somehow it ended up back at my house. Roxie went through a Troll phase when she was very young and on one of my annual trips to Paducah, Hobby Lobby had all this Troll fabric on sale.  I remember calling Roxie while I was in the store and asking her if she would like a quilt with troll fabric in it. That was the start of the miscommunication on this quilt.  Roxie assumed since I normally use 150 + fabrics in the quilts I make that she would be getting a quilt with a few pieces of troll fabric in it.  It’s all troll fabric!

Troll Quilt

I utilized techniques from the One Block Wonders book and the method I used on my Twist and Shout Quilt. I had so much fun working on this and seeing the fun designs emerging.

Block 1

 

Block 2b

Troll feet!

Block 3

 

Block 4

When making this troll quilt and my Twist and Shout quilt the blocks are created when two rows are sewn together, that way there are no Y seams or set in seams. This is my Twist and Shout quilt and yes it is a Nickel Quilt, a quilt made using 5″ squares.

Twist and Shout cropped

Both of these are fun quilts to make and I always love the way a black background sets off the fabrics!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

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Antiquing Stop In Illinois

An antiquing stop in South Beloit, Illinois; two malls in same town.  I browsed around in Angela’s Attic first and then right across the road was the Roscoe Antique Mall. How convenient!

Angelas antique mall

Roscoe antique mall

Many years ago I bought my daughter Roxie a set of the Pyrex mixing bowls. Recently one has broken so I’m on the lookout for a replacement. I think that’s a great excuse to go antiquing!  It turns out not all the sets are colored the same, who knew? Roxie’s set has the yellow large bowl and she is missing the second from the smallest bowl which in her set is red.

Pyrex bowls

An Amish made covered basket; I have a collection of the Amish baskets started but I have found several of these at local thrift stores for a fraction of the antique mall’s prices. The very first Amish basket I ever bought was on one of my trips at a travel plaza stop. An Amish lady was there with her buggy and had set out a huge assortment of baskets and homemade jams. I have a real appreciation for anything handmade, whether it’s quilts, baskets, or jams I love it all!

Covered Amish Basket

There were very few quilts in these two malls however I think this one would make a wonderful leaders and enders project. I can just see this very scrappy with hundreds of different fabrics!

Tree Quilt

I came really close to getting this for my garden!

Sewing machine tractor

I love it when I come across something I’ve never seen before and this basket cart was a first for me. A great alternative to the wire shopping carts.

Basket Cart

That was enough leg stretching and eye candy for me, it was then back on the road, and next stop home!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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