100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Hello! I hope you enjoyed the blog tour last week and got to visit with some of our wonderful designers. This week the staff here at Quiltmaker will share thoughts about our blocks, so be sure to check back each day. And, there will be more giveaways!! More about that later.

My block, Disappearing Act, came about as I played with shapes on graph paper. That’s usually how I design blocks, and sometimes quilts. The nice thing about graph paper is that it’s portable. Someone gave me a little pad of quilter’s graph paper that I keep in my purse—it’s easy to pull out when inspiration strikes. You never know where you’ll be when you see something that reminds you of a quilt block or design!

Let’s look at my block:

QMMS 120024 BEAM 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing ActDisappearing Act

I used fabrics from a collection called Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Soho solids, all from Timeless Treasures. There are lots of other fun vehicles, maps and street signs in the collection that would be fun to use in quilts.

So, what would this block look like in a quilt? Here are a few different designs:

layout1 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Layout #1

Here’s a 9 block layout with the blocks all in the same orientation. I like the secondary design that you see in the corners where the blocks intersect.

layout2 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Layout #2

This layout rotates every other block. Two different secondary designs are formed when the blocks intersect. I really like this layout!

layout3 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Layout #3

The blocks are oriented differently in each row. I’m not crazy about the block intersections in this layout.

Let’s try some different colors.

color1 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Color variation #1

This is the same layout as #3 above but with primary colors against a gray background. Somehow the block intersections don’t look so bad in these colors.

color2 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Color variation #2

This is the same layout as #2 above with a dark background and gradated pinks. This could be my new favorite!

color3 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

Color variation #3

Back to layout #3 again with a dark background and autumn colors—not bad. I still like layout #2 and the secondary designs formed in the corners.

Which one do you like? Leave me a comment by midnight tonight (11/12/12) MST letting me know which quilt design is your favorite, and I’ll randomly select one lucky winner to receive a copy of 100 Blocks, volume 6 and one of the coveted 100 Blocks, volume 6 mugs. The winner is Stephanie, comment #67.

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About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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181 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 6: Disappearing Act

  1. Maxine Cornwell says:

    No. 4 is my choice. We make quilts for graduating Seniors in my church quilting group, and I’ve been looking for a good “man” pattern. Thanks!

  2. Sharon Hughson says:

    I like layout #1 with the black/yellow/white colors.

  3. Dee says:

    I love #2, and would like to use it with my Sew Mama Sew fabric.

  4. Lee says:

    I like variation #3 :) thank you!

  5. Chris says:

    I love #2 with batiks! thanks!

  6. Carol says:

    Yep..Hands down #2…Really pop with the colors. Like to make it with baltics.

  7. Wilma says:

    Colour variation 1 does it for me, I enjoy the strength in the colours and the free flowing movement through the white space of the blocks. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cynthia Carlson says:

    I like Layout #2. Variation #3 the bright and bold colors!

  9. Judy1522 says:

    Layout number 2 is my favorite. I love it in the gradated pinks.

  10. Prima Donna says:

    I prefer the color variation #2. Very nice block.

  11. Karen says:

    Color Variation #2 has 3-D possibilities. Looking down and in the middle of each flower.

  12. Kathleen B says:

    I like Layout #1 the best and I don’t know why! Great block!

  13. Jo says:

    Variation # 3 is my favorite..thank you!

  14. Sharon B says:

    Layout 2 is the one for me!

  15. Cynthia says:

    I like layout #2. The secondary pattern is nice. Thanks for a great magazine!

  16. Gloria Gleason says:

    Layout #2 is my favorite. Very inspiring block and quilts. Thanks for all you do!!

  17. Diana M says:

    I really like the color combo of variation 2. It’s just so stunning and the color options are endless!

  18. I like the layout in #2 and the colors in #3, that would make a stunning fall piece.


  19. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Love layout number 2! It looks like flowers to me. Number one is nice, but doesn’t have the “zing” that number 2 has. Number 3 is just okay to me. That’s the fun of playing with blocks, there is always another way to set them if you don’t like the original!

  20. Kerry says:

    I really like Layout 3 in the second colourway.
    Such a versatile block.

  21. LinH says:

    I like the versatility of the pattern. I do like the brighter ones……

  22. SewLindaAnn says:

    I equally love layout no. 2 and 3. The thing about no. 3 is it’s a neat and different way to do a zig zag that you usually just see in half sq. triangle blocks. Very cool!

  23. Judy A says:

    I also like the variation #3. It’s a beautiful look for fall.

  24. jmniffer says:

    I like #2; so many cool layouts! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Barb Johnson says:

    I have to agree that #2 is the best one. I like the secondary design, no matter what colors are chosen.

  26. Michele Kardokus says:

    I like layout #2 it would lend itself to many color combinations, but there is something that appeals to me in layout #1. The color choices made in that layout can change the focus of the patterns, both primary and secondary, in so many ways.

  27. Judy says:

    I love the pink color variation #2. I like the dark background with it. This variation makes the block design look totally different than the other block positioning.

  28. Patti says:

    I agree with you, my favorite is layout #2. Thanks for a chance.

  29. Wendy says:

    I like layout #2 but, I like the color variation #1 in layout #3.

  30. Debbie Rhodes says:

    I like layout #2… all are great….

  31. lauriejo says:

    You saved the best for last! I love the autumn colors.

  32. Barb in MI says:

    Layout 2 with color 2 – love the gradated pinks! Thank you!

  33. Chris Jenkins says:

    I love the #2 Design! It just jumped out at me and said “Make Me, Make Me”

  34. Chris P says:

    I love #2 with Pinks. Lovely combination and the pattern really jumped out at me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. lindawwww says:

    Layout #2 is my favourite. I love the secondary design that appears and the grey and gold colours.

  36. Carol W says:

    I like layout #1 in the gold and gray colors.

  37. Carol says:

    I like the disappearing layout one. Very cool.

  38. Gina says:

    Layout #2 is the one I like the best!

  39. Gloria Bruce says:

    I like layout #2 but I really like your original block and the grat use of fabrics.

  40. Kathy says:

    I really like layout #1. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine and a mug!

  41. Donna says:

    I like layout 2 with the dark background.

  42. I really like #2~ the secondary pattern is so cool.
    Thanks for the chance!!

  43. Susan Jonsson says:

    Just love #1….Catches my eye…Love the fabrics you chose….Thanks for the chance to win.


  44. Debby says:

    Hi! Both layout #2 and color variation 2 are my favorites! Although I do like your original colors for layout #2 too! Thanks for another chance to win! :)

  45. Sandy W. says:

    My preference is for Layout #2. To me it has the best secondary designs. Looking forward to picking up the magazine at the end of this week. I saw lots of wonderful blocks while taking the blog tour.

  46. Susan C says:

    I like layout #2 in both color variations. The secondary designs are interesting and I like the chain effect created across the quilt. A very fun block with lots of possibilities. I can also imagine fussy cutting a design in the large center square. Thanks for the inspiration with your block and the 99 others in this issue.

  47. Mary Arline Smith says:

    Carolyn, I liked all of the variations of the Disappearing Act quilt block, but my favorite was Color variation #1 Layout #3. The movement created by the colors and
    the layout would be a favorite both of mine and my grandson who is 8 and builds creative layouts in the same colors with Legos. Thank you for the opportunity to enter. Mary Arline

  48. Amy says:

    I like layout 3 and color variation 1

  49. Donna Amos says:

    A great block. All layouts are nice, but I really do like layout #2 best because of the secondary design it makes.

  50. Madeline says:

    I havent won a copy of the magazine yet, I sure would like to! But anyway, I like the pink variation way over the others!

  51. Jamie says:

    Wow, it is amazing what a diffence color makes. I like the number two in pink myself. That quilt just seems to pop to me.

  52. Claire says:

    I like them all, amazing how a few rotations and they look so different. However, I like the first one, variation 1, there seems to be more space (airiness) around the blocks.

  53. Annaleena says:

    I like layout #3.

  54. Carrie P. says:

    such a cool block. My favorite layout is #2 especially in the pink colors.

  55. Susie McKinney says:

    Layout #2 is my favorite! :)


  56. Toni Stone says:

    I like layout #3. Thank you for the 100 blocks book. Can’t wait to get it.

  57. Sandra Timmons says:

    This is the way that caught my eye. It is the Color Variation No.2 with the dark background and gradated pinks. This is so pretty. The way you change blocks and the different colors used simply amaze me how a block can suddenly change right before your eyes.

    Sandi T.

  58. rosa says:

    I love layout 2 and variation 2

  59. Kate says:

    I like layout 3, interesting shapes I havent seen before. Thanks for the chance!

  60. Karen says:

    I like them all but layout #1 is my favorite.

  61. Debbie H says:

    My fav is color variation #2. Really pretty.

  62. Joy says:

    I think the second layout wins.

  63. Wanda Heath says:

    I really like variation #2.

  64. Becky G says:

    Well, it was a hard choice between #1 or #2. The strong balance in two is appealing, as is the secondary design, but trying to push out of my comfort zone lately, so the angular #1 it is… in fall colors: rust, burnt orange (largest pieces), evergreen, a lighter green and brown (smallest pieces) on a soft gold background. Thanks for the chance to dream… And i hope to win!

  65. Sandy says:

    Layout number 2 – but Layout number 1 is a close second.

  66. Rebecca Schnekenburger says:

    I actually like layout #1, I like the design it forms where the blocks meet.

  67. Kathy A Lohberger says:


  68. Margaret Andrews says:

    I like color varation 3 because it is so colorful. Thanks

  69. Layout #3 gets my vote!!

  70. VickiT says:

    I really like Layout #2 because there are a number of ways you can view that quilt. That would be a great quilt design.

  71. Rayne Garnsey says:

    I like layout #2 the best although the others are all nice.

  72. Diana says:

    I like the pinks laid out like flowers.

  73. Julie Hallquist says:

    I love number 2 layout.

  74. Joan says:

    I like layout #2!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Judith says:

    I like the second layout best, but in the yellows and neutrals rather than the pinks. I think that the bright colors hide some of the detail.

  76. Gun Adrian says:

    I agree with you, #2 with colour variation is great!! Pink and black together….WOW!!!
    Gun, Sweden

  77. Judy V says:

    Layout #4 would look AWESOME in Christmas Colors.

  78. Lori Smanski says:

    I like layout #2 & color variation #2

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