"Disappearing Nine Patch" block - from Valentine Quiltworks blog; After cutting a standard nine patch block vertically and horizontally down the center, turn two of the blocks. Now the nine patch has disappeared and the center accent square is now four small squares in the block.
This is a coral reef veggie tray that I created for my granddaughter's mermaid birthday party. I created the "sand" from two blocks of cream cheese mixed with a packet of ranch dip mix. I stood carrots and snap peas on end and then cut celery several times lengthwise to make celery fans. Small sweet peppers became rocks and smooth coral. Broccoli and several colors of cauliflower became coral. This was easy and fun to make and a real hit at the party.
log cabin variation instead of 4 differnt smaller blocks then sewn together start with two blocks with a center sguare and add two rounds of borders. Alternate the colors on the second block. Cut them in quarters then swap two blocks from each square and sew together.
The challenge: Create a "bedroom" (well, at least a bed nook) in an open-layout studio apartment. Our solution: Choose visual dividers that separate the space, but that don't block sunlight or cut up the square footage of an already tiny home. Presto—your single room will suddenly feel like two (or more.) Here are 11 simple and smart ideas to inspire small-space dwellers: