Tree Of Life Hamsa, continued

I practiced cutting out hamsas with vines/trees in them out of paper until I was satisfied with this one. I fused the green fabric to fusible web before tracing the paper hamsa onto the paper side of the fusible web. I  cut out the hamsa using small scissors and an Exacto knife. For a short explanation of what a hamsa is, see the post from 8/4, titled, “Hamsas”. I’m trying to decide if I need to zigzag around every single cutout or not. Leave me a comment if you have an opinion one way or the other.

Tree of life hamsa in progress

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Tree Of Life hamsa, in progress

I’m working on a different hamsa than the one I blogged about on 8/4. That other one is still a work in progress. This new one has a subtle tree in the middle, so I’m calling it a Tree Of Life hamsa. I pieced wedge shaped strings together for the two sides.


strips for hamsa

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A trip up the Oregon coast.

I recently returned from a trip up and down the coast of California and Oregon. It’s amazing how many tiny coastal towns have a quilt shop, selling lots of lovely fabric. I also visited the Latimer Quilt and Textile Museum in Tillamook, OR, which even my husband and non-quilting best friend found worth visiting. At each quilt shop I bought small amounts of fabric. At the end of the trip I was surprised by how much I’d accumulated.

fabric from trip


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I’m working on some small quilts with hamsas. A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection, from the Middle East. Hamsa is the number five in Arabic.

I pieced a lot of orange scraps into a piece of “made fabric” then cut out the hamsa from blue fabric, backed with fusible web. I haven’t fused it to the orange yet. It’s very much a work in progress. (I don’t know why this image is so large. I’m having trouble editing it).

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Rectangular Disappearing Pinwheel

Well I’m still here, exploring disappearing blocks. This one is a disappearing pinwheel that only gets cut and reassembled in one direction, so it becomes a rectangle.



Here it is, cut into three even pieces.


Here it is, reassembled. Note that it is now a rectangle.


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Disappearing pinwheels

I’m continuing to experiment with disappearing blocks. Here’s a pinwheel. I started with squares that were 5″.

pinwheel 2In the next photo I have cut it apart into nine pieces, each 4 1/8″ square.

pinwheel 3Then I rearranged the pieces. Here is option number 1:

pinwheel 4But wait, there’s more. Here is option number 2, which creates a friendship star, with a pinwheel in the middle:

pinwheel 5

Before I made the successful block above, I made an interesting “mistake.” I cut this pinwheel 3 1/8″ from the center seam, four times. Here it is:pinwheel 6 I think this one is interesting too. Here is how I rearranged it.pinwheel 1This  is sort of a checkerboard pinwheel.  Like all of these disappearing blocks, it looks a lot more complicated to make than it actually is.

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Library show again

Here’s a not very good photo of my “quilt” in the central Berkeley Public Library’s quilt show. I say “quilt,” because it’s actually nine of my 12″ x 12″ quilts, fastened together with safety pins. It’s hanging above the reference desk, on the second floor.

12 x 12 library show

To the left of my quilt is Lee Feinstein’s quilt. The show is up until June 5.

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Disappearing all over the place!

Have you heard of a disappearing hourglass block? I hadn’t until I saw a YouTube video by the Missouri Star Quilt Co. I would have called this a “disappearing broken dishes block,” since that’s what I call the base block, before cutting into it.

Hourglass/broken dishes, before cutting

Hourglass/broken dishes, before cutting

Here it is, sewn together, before I started dissecting it.

hourglass 2

Each section is 2  1/4″ square. That’s four cuts. Then I had fun, rearranging the pieces.

hourglass 3

Here is possibility #1. The corners of this block, when set next to more of the same blocks would form an eight pointed star, with a diamond in the center.

hourglass 4

This is possibility #2.

hourglass 5

This is how I decided to sew it back together, which is the same as the YouTube video. Note that the triangles on the block corners will form a diamond when multiple blocks are placed next to each other.

If you’re wondering why I’m suddenly exploring all these disappearing blocks, it’s because I offered to teach a “tips and tricks” about disappearing blocks at the EBHQ Thursday night Meet Up in June. It’s June 9, if you want to come.


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Another four patch

I found an interesting four patch here: .

There are complete instructions on how to make it on the link, but here’s my quick version.

marked 4 patch

Here is my four patch with 2″ from the corner marked on all sides.

diagonal 4 patch 1

Here it is again with four cuts, cutting from one mark to the next. You have to be careful, handling and sewing these pieces, since each cut has a bias edge.

diagonal four patch

diagonal four patch

I’ve rearranged the pieces and sewn them back together. I think this one is really interesting. It looks way more complicated to make than it really is.

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Disappearing four patch variations

I was going to go to a singing group, but I’m having so much fun exploring disappearing four patch and nine patch variations, that I’m staying home to sew instead.4 patch 2

Here is a four patch that has been cut into nine pieces, i.e. into a nine patch.

disappearing four patch that has become a nine patch

disappearing four patch that has become a nine patch

Here it is again, after I sewed it back together! The inside slices were cut 1.5″ from the center seam. I’ve also cut them at 1″ from the seam. I think I like them better with the cut at 1″ from the center seam.

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